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Best MMA Gym in Los Angeles

Best MMA Gym Los Angeles
Last week, we posed a question to our Facebook followers. The question: What's the best MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) gym in Los Angeles (Los Angeles area)?  Eight MMA gyms located in and around Los Angeles were nominated by our Facebook followers/fans. We took the nominees and put an open poll here on the website.  The poll ran from May 22 through May 29. 

Many of our readers and Facebook follower are from the Los Angeles area, so we trusted they had good knowledge of the MMA gyms in the area. We also ran the poll as a promotion for these gyms that were nominated, as just to be nominated, says a lot about that gym, and their loyal members. 

When the poll was over, one MMA gym stood above the rest in the voting taking 41% of the vote!  Congratulations to the Team Florez Muay Thai Gym.  The voters spoke, and have chosen you as the Best MMA Gym in Los Angeles!  Having a loyal following of gym members, fighters and trainees that chose to take time to vote says a lot about your gym, and how much these people appreciate your services. 

Team Florez Muay Thai is led by two Muay Thai Hall of Fame members, Kru Alan Florez and Mark De La Cruz. Adding to the gym's MMA curriculum is Sensei Derrick Martinez, a Judo Black Belt and BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) purple belt, with extensive experience in Sambo, Boxing and Kickboxing. 

A while back we had the pleasure and opportunity to shoot a video for the Team Florez Muay Thai Gym, or as I should probably say now that the vote is over, The Best MMA Gym in Los Angeles. 

The Florez Gym is located at 15813 Main St. La Puente, CA 91744.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday. 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Phone: 626-333-3773

Open sparring Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

Once again, congratulations to the Team Florez Muay Thai Gym for being crowned Best MMA Gym in Los Angeles!  Stay tuned though, as we will run the poll again soon. 

UFC 146 Results

UFC 146 Results
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fans were treated to a night of exciting finishes at UFC 146!  The fight card moved along so quickly with all the first round fight finishes that several of the undercard fights were able to be showcased on the pay per view. Here are the full UFC 146 results.

Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir
UFC Heavyweight Championship Fight

Mir attempted a takedown early but Santos was able to fight if off.  Santos forced Mir into standing and was able to land hard shots. Mir was able to stay in the fight through the first round, but eventually in the second, the hard punches from Santos proved to be too much as he floored him with a hard chingaso and then went in for the finish by dropping more fists on his head that forced Herb Dean to stop the fight.

Results: Junior Dos Santos wins via punches (TKO) at 3:04 of the second round.

Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Heavyweight Fight

Velasquez wasted no time in getting Silva to the ground and then unleashing some elbows that cut Silva's face.  From there it was all Velasquez with ground and pound.

Results: Cain Velasquez wins via punches (TKO) at 3:36 of the first round.

Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman
Heavyweight Fight

Herman comes out with great looking Muay Thai techniques, but Nelson launches and lands a right overhand chingaso that land clean and lays out Herman.

Results: Roy Nelson wins via KO (punch) at 0:51 of the first round.

Stripe Miocic vs. Shane Del Rosario
Heavyweight Fight

Shane Del Rosario dominated round 1 with solid leg kicks. Miocic gets a takedown in the second round and unleashes vicious ground and pound.

Results: Stripe Miocic wins via elbows (TKO) at 3:14 of the second round.

Stefan Struve vs. Lavar Johnson
Heavyweight Fight

Johnson pressures Struve up against the fence. Struve pulls guard, wraps up an arm an finishes with the submission technique.

Results: Stefan Struve wins via armbar submission at 1:05 of the first round. 

Darren Elkins vs. Diego Brandao
Featherweight Fight

Brandao started off well, but eventually left openings for Elkins to take the momentum and begin to score. 

Results: Darren Elkings wins via unanimous decision

Jamie Varner vs. Edson Barboza
Lightweight Fight

Barboza put in a good effort, but Varner just seemed a little bit better at every aspect of MMA mixing up his attack finally finishing on the ground with hammer fists.

Results: Jamie wins via punches (KO) at 3:23 of the first round.

C.B. Dollaway v. Jason Miller
Middleweight Fight

Miller had no answer for the solid, blanketing wrestling of C.B. Dollaway.

Results: C.B. Dollaway wins via unanimous decision

Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
Welterweight Fight

Hardy and Ludwig engage in a striking battle where every chingasos had some steam behind it. Hardy lands the hardest with a lead left hook that floors Ludwig.  Hardy then went in for the finish dropping solid elbows.

Results: Dan Hardy wins via punches and elbows (KO) at 3:51 of the first round.

Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann
Lighweight Fight

Results: Paul Sass wins via triangle-armbar submission at 1:54 of the first round.

Glover Teixeira vs. Kyle Kingsbury
Light Heavyweight Fight

Results: Glover Teixeira wins via arm triangle submission at 1:53 of the first round.

Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda
Featherweight Fight

Results: Mike Brown wins via unanimous decision

UFC 146: Dos Santos vs Mir Fight Pick & Preview

UFC 146 Junior Dos Santos vs Frank Mir
Due to the fact that Alistair Overeem was popped for PED's (Performance Enhancing Drugs), which was probably not a big surprise to most, Frank Mir now gets a shot to become the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Heavyweight champion once again, this weekend at UFC 146.  Unfortunately for Mir, he's going to have to snatch the UFC Heavyweight title from hard punching wrecking machine Junior Dos Santos.  Dos Santos became UFC champion back in November when KO'ed undefeated Cain Velasquez in the first round.  Let's take a closer look at Mir and Dos Santos and then I'll make my fight pick.

Frank Mir is not only a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) veteran, he's a UFC vet, meaning he's been in the major leagues of MMA since 2001. He's currently on a three fight winning streak where he's taken out two MMA legends, Antonio Rodrigo Noguira and Mirko "Crocop" Filipovic.  Early in his career, Mir was known as a submission specialist, but his last few fights have shown that his boxing skills have improved dramatically and can hold his own standing and exchange chingasos with the best.

Junior Dos Santos has had eight fights in the UFC, and hasn't been beat yet! Overall he sports a record of 14-1 with his only loss way back in in 2007. Dos Santos is an elite striker with finishing power.  Ten of his wins have proven that as they have ended in either a KO or TKO. 

Dos Santos vs. Mir at UFC 146 will be power striking versus strategic fighting.  Mir is an intelligent fighter that will surely have a game plan to avoid the power of Dos Santos, but the question will be can he avoid it for five rounds while doing enough offensively to pull off a win himself. 

Mir might be able to stick and move, but the problem will be that he has to be perfect, while Dos Santos only needs to land one good chingaso. Dos Santos sooner or later in the fight will be able to do just that, and then he'll go in for the ground and pound finish. 

I'm taking Junior Dos Santos via TKO in the third.

Check out the UFC 146 free video preview (Extended Video):

UFC 146 Dos Santos vs. Mir goes down Saturday May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada. 

Strikeforce: Barnett vs Cormier Fight Pick & Preview

Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier Grand Prix
Yes! Strikeforce is still around.  And, later this evening, their Heavyweight World Grand Prix comes to a conclusion.  Josh Barnett will meet Daniel Cormier in the final!  The winner of this fight will be on a fast track to the UFC and a title shot in the major leagues of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Josh Barnett is an MMA vet.  Daniel Cormier has risen through the ranks quickly.  Let's take a closer look at these two MMA Heavyweight contenders. 

Josh Barnett is a seasoned MMA veteran with his first professional fight dating back to 1997.  He's still only 34 years old, and is coming into tonights fight on an eight fight winning streak.  He's a submission master with 19 of his 34 overall wins coming by way of submission.  Don't mistake his submission and grappling mastery as the only thing he can do, as he also has 7 wins coming by way of KO/TKO. 

Daniel Cormier entered MMA with a strong wrestling background and added some solid boxing skills to propel him to the top of the Heavyweight division in Strikeforce. He's coming into tonight's Grand Prix finale with an unblemished record of 9-0.  Cormier is a solid contender in the division but he lacks experience versus top heavyweight fighters in the Heavyweight division.

While I like Cormier's athletic ability and punching power, I'm going to to with experience in this fight.  Josh Barnett has been in dog fights with top fighters in big shows and I think that experience will pay off in this fight. 

Look for Barnett to grind out the first few rounds and take Cormier into deep waters where his experience will take over.  Barnett will have to watch out for Cormier's power, but if he can avoid that, then he will sail into victory. 

Check out the free preview video of Strikeforce: Barnett vs Cormier

Respect in the Cage MMA Event May 19

Respect in the Cage MMA May 19
Mixed Martial Arts fight fans in the Los Angeles area can catch some fight action this Saturday, May 19.  The latest installment of Respect in the Cage will be going down at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California.  Check this MMA event out as the fighters will be fighting hard to earn their Respect in the Cage!

Respect in the Cage will be held at the Fox Theater located at:
301 S. Gary Ave. Pomona, Ca 91766

The Fox Theatre features 3 levels, 3 patios, fully stocked bar, free parking and 3 replay screens.  The MMA fight action should definitely be enhanced by the venue's amenities. 

Tickets for the Respect in the Cage MMA event start at $40.  $60 gets you on the theater 1st level. $100 gets you floor seating so you can watch the fight chingasos close up. $150 gets you VIP seating so you can get the best MMA fight event experience. 

If you can't make Respect in the Cage at the Fox Theater this Saturday, stay tuned for more upcoming MMA events in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles area.  Also, if you're a fighter or promoter, feel free to contact us to help promote your event and give it the exposure it deserves. 

Nate Diaz Next UFC Lightweight Champion?

Nate Diaz UFC Fighter
By now, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fans have seen the Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller fight where Diaz impressively submitted a submission specialist.  Beating Jim Miller put Nate Diaz in line for a UFC Lightweight title shot.  But, unfortunately for Diaz, he's going to have to wait for the winner of Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar 2. 

Even worse for Nate Diaz and UFC fans, Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar 2, won't be happening anytime soon.  It looks like Diaz will either have to take some time off, or take on another fight before his chance at the title. 

In a bit of an odd interview, Nate Diaz, referring to training partner Gilbert Melendez tells Sherdog's Jordan Breen "there's no doubt in my mind he's the best 155'er on the planet". Gilbert Melendez is the Strikeforce Lightweight Champion, and it seems that Nate Diaz was vouching for Melendez to get a shot in the UFC and the title.  Check out the Sherdog Video.

If Gilbert Melendez came to the UFC, what would that mean for Nate Diaz?  They're training partners and I highly doubt they would fight each other.  Would it end up in a Jon Jones, Rashad Evans type drama? 

As I see it, I don't want to wait for Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar 2.  Frankie Edgar is injured at the moment so Nate Diaz should get an immediate title shot.  Then, when Frankie Edgar is healthy, he can get a chance to regain the title versus the winner of Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz. 

Gilbert Melendez definitely deserves a shot in the UFC. But before he gets a title shot, he needs to fight one of the top UFC Lightweights so that he can prove himself in the biggest and best show in MMA. 

If Gilbert Melendez does come to the UFC, it looks like Nate Diaz and Melendez will be the Batman and Robin of the division.  The only question would be, who's Batman, and who's Robin?  

Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller UFC on Fox 3 Fight Pick & Preview

Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller UFC on Fox 3
Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller will headline UFC on Fox 3.  UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fans will be in for a solid main event as this fight has title shot implications.  Another win for either Nate Diaz, or Jim Miller will put them at the front of the line for a UFC Lightweight title shot. These fighters are both hungry for a title shot and their roads have led them to this collision. 

Jim Miller comes into UFC on Fox 3 with an impressive overall record of 21-3.  He's 9-1 in his last ten fights, with the only loss coming to current UFC Lightweight champion Ben Henderson.  Miller has excellent ground fighting skills including submissions. Twelve of his wins have come via submission. 

Nate Diaz comes into UFC on Fox 3 with an underrated record of 14-7. He's fought the top fighters in the UFC Lightweight division, and there really hasn't been an opportunity to "pad" his record. Diaz is coming off two solid wins. At UFC 135 he submitted MMA legend Takanori Gomi with an armbar submission and most recently he beat a tough Donald Cerrone at UFC 141. 

Diaz vs. Miller will come down to who can dictate the fight standing as they are equally matched on the ground.  Standing, Diaz will be able to pepper Miller with the "Stockton Slap" boxing style.  If Miller can't score a takedown and smoother Diaz, Miller will lose a decision. 

My official fight pick for UFC on Fox 3 is Nate Diaz via judges decision. 

UFC on Fox 3 will take place at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 
Check out a highlight fight video promo for Diaz vs. Miller by MMA Interviews.

Who are you picking in this fight?