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September 18th, 2013
Aurora, Schaumburg, Channnon, Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Illinois (IL) -- We here at Chicago MMA training are excited to present to you a whole encyclopdia of MMA fighters and legends. We will be adding new pages every day and hope that you as fan and MMA gym member can learn and understand the sport of MMA. Click here to see our first MMA fighter legend.



New websites for more information about our gyms in Aurora and Schaumburg, IL

September 17th , 2013
Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- In the next few weeks, we will be launching our two new wesbites: and to provide you with all the information about MMA gyms in the area. We will be adding more soon.


For more information on Aurora and Schaumburg class schedule, please go to the schedule page.


Aurora Schedule Adjustment

September 16th, 2013
Aurora and Naperville, Illinois (IL) -- We have a new high lighted fighter in the world of MMA. To read up on Eddie Alvarez, please click here to learn more about him.




Channahon, IL Facility Relocating

March 11th, 2013
Channahon, Illinois (IL) -- Our Channahon facility will be closed for the next few days due to relocation. The new facility will be located at 523 Vera Court Joliet, Il 60436.


We apologize if this has caused anyone an inconvenience, and we will make an announcement once the new location opens.


Competition Training for IBJJF

February 18th, 2013
Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- With IBJJF's 2013 Chicago Winter International Open only weeks away, it is time to get into the competition shape. Those who are planning on competiting at IBJJF's tournament on the weekend of March 9th are required to go to competition training.


Competition training will be held at the Aurora Facility every Saturday until the weekend of the event. Training will begin at 11:15 am.



Schaumburg's Monday No-Gi Taught by Mark Vujovic

February 11th, 2013
Schaumburg, IL -- Beginning on Monday, February , Schaumburg's Monday No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu class will be taught by Mark Vujovic. The class will begin at 6:30 pm and go until 7:30 pm each Monday.

Mark is a 2 stripe brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with over 14 years of wrestling experience. He also competed and won gold medals at several different tournaments such as NAGA and S7.


MMA Class Added to Schaumburg's Saturday Morning

January 9th, 2013
Schaumburg, IL -- Beginning on Saturday January 19th, the Schaumburg gym will now be having an MMA class that begins at 11:00 am. The class will be led by Chicago MMA training's Tom Shoaff.


The class will cover all aspects of MMA from striking to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and everything in between.Tom Shoaff recently won his professional debut at Flawless - Hated.


Chicago's Saturday Classes Cancelled this Week

December 21st, 2012
Chicago, IL -- Chicago's Boxing and Muay Thai classes will be cancelled this Saturday morning due to construction on another floor in the builiding. The Chicago classes will resume as scheduled on Wednesday, not Monday, due to the holidays.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope that everyone has a great weekend and holiday.


Schaumburg Schedule Change

December 21st, 2012
Schaumburg, IL -- The Saturday morning Jiu-Jitsu classes have been cancelled for the Schaumburg location. Taking the place of the two classes will be Open Mat from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.


None of the other classes will be effected by this change. For more on Schaumburg's schedule, click here.


Christmas Schedule

December 17th, 2012
All Locations -- All of the Chicago MMA locations will be closed on 12/24/12 and 12/25/12 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The gyms will also be closed on 12/31 and 1/1 for New Years Eve and New Years Day.


Chicago MMA wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Years.


Schaumburg Power Outage

November 1st, 2012
Schaumburg, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA Training- Schaumburg is currently experiencing power difficulties. The issues will be resolved by tomorrow and the gym will be operating on its normal schedule once again.


We apologize if this has caused anyone an inconvenience.

For more information on the Schaumburg schedule click here


Aurora Schedule Adjustment

October 25th, 2012
Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA is disappointed to announce that the adult Wrestling for MMA/ BJJ classes in Aurora have now been cancelled. The classes were from 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.


We apologize if this has caused anyone an inconvenience.

For more information on the Aurora schedule click here


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Jeff Neal & Ricardo Lamas Team up for Seminar

October 22nd, 2012


Merrillville, Indiana (IN) -- Jeff Neal and Ricardo Lamas will be holding an MMA/ BJJ seminar at Chicago MMA Training- Merrillville on November 10th. The seminar will be split into different portions so that the attendees can chose from what to participate in.


The first portion of the seminar, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, wil be wrestling for MMA with Ricardo Lamas or Judo for BJJ with Jeff Neal. From 11:00 am - 12:00 pm the seminar will shift to Jiu-Jitsu for MMA/ No-Gi with both Jeff and Rick. The final sessions of the seminar, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, will be Striking for MMA with Rick or Level 2 Judo for Jiu-Jitsu/ Spider Guard with Jeff.


For the full story click here


Merrillville Special Announcement

October 1st, 2012
Merrillville, Indiana (IN) -- Chicago MMA is excited to announce that the Merrillville location has moved just down the road. The new gym is located at 8789 Louisiana St Suite A Merrillville, IN 46410. This facilitiy used to house One in a Million Boxing, so you know it was built for training.


For more information on the Merrillville location click here


Time to get into Competition Mode

October 1st, 2012
Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- Beginning on October 6th at the Aurora location, Chicago MMA Trainingwill be holding competition training every Saturday beginning at 12:00 pm for the upcoming S7 and NAGA tournaments. Anyone that intends on competing in any of these tournaments should attend the competition training and work towards getting first place at both tournaments.



Jeff Neal Announces Iowa Seminar

September 20th, 2012

Davenport, Iowa (IA) -- Jeff Neal will be holding a Gi and No-Gi seminar at Nick Tarpein's Martial Arts Center on September 30th. The seminar will be split up into two sections, the No-Gi section will focus on Jiu-Jitsu. While the Gi section will focus on Judo for Jiu-Jitsu as well as Jiu-Jitsu.


For more information on the seminar, click Events


Chicago Saturday Announcement

September 20th, 2012
Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA Training- Chicago will not be having its regular Satuday morning striking classes on Saturday's for two weeks. The striking classes had to be cancelled because the instructor will be coaching the Chicago MMA Muay Thai Team at the WKA World Championships from 9/22 - 9/29. Good luck to those competing, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

For the full Chicago schedule, click here


Downtown Chicago Schedule Announcement

September 10th, 2012
Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA Training- Chicago is changing the Wednesday night class structure beginning on September 12th. The only class available on Wednesday night will be Mark Vujovic's No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. All of the other classes that were previously on the schedule have been removed for the time being. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have cause anyone.

For the full Chicago schedule, click here


Merrillville Schedule addition

September 10th, 2012
Merrillville, Indiana (IN) -- Beginning September 11th, Chicago MMA Training- Merrillville will add two new classes to its Tuesday and Thursday night schedules. From 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm a Gi Jiu-Jitsu class will be added to the class list. And from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm a No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu/ MMA class will also be added.


For more information on the Merrillville schedule click here


Labor Day Schedule Announcement

August 31st, 2012
All Locations -- All of the Chicago MMA Trainingacademies will be closed Monday, September 3, because of Labor Day. The academies will reopen on Tuesday, and will be operating on their normal schedules. Enjoy the holiday!


For more information on schedules click: Chicago MMA MMA


Chicago Schedule Update

August 22nd, 2012
Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Beginning immediately, all of the Friday classes at Chicago MMA Training- Chicago have been cancelled. There will not be any classes on Friday's in Chicago until further notice. The rest of the Chicago classes will operate as usual. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


For more information on Chicago's schedule click: Chicago


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Rener Gracie to Hold Triangle Mastery Seminar

August 2nd, 2012


Schaumburg, Illinois (IL) -- Rener Gracie will be conducting a two hour Triangle Mastery seminar at Chicago MMA Training- Schaumburg on Friday, August 31st. The focus of the seminar be on the Triangle Choke and its different facets.

The Triangle Mastery seminar will focus on the different facets of applying the Triangle Choke. Such aspects include new ways to setup, control, and finish. Rener will also go over new ways to defend and escape the submission attempt.


For the full story click here


Chicago Weekend Schedule Update

July 20th, 2012
Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- On July 21st, Chicago MMA Training- Chicago will be cancelling the morning striking classes. The classes include Boxing (8:30 - 9:30) and Muay Thai (9:30 - 10:30). Both classes will resume the following Saturday, July 28th.


For more information on Chicago's schedule click: Chicago

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The Champ is Still Here!

July 5th, 2012


Ford Heights, Illinois (IL) --The Champ is still here ladies and gentlemen! After going through a five round war with Christian Aguilera, Danny "the Machine" Morales retained his 170 lbs. CutThroat MMA title. But let's take a look at the other Chicago MMA Fighters before we get to title fight.

Leading off the night for Babes & Brawls XII and for Chicago MMA Trainingwas Jorge Gonzalez (11-12-1). Jorge's opponent was Brandon Grach. Jorge got Chicago MMA Fighters off to a good start as he came out of the fight with the decision. After the fight, Jorge made it known that he wants a shot at CutThroat MMA's 145 lbs. title.


For the full story click here


Chicago MMA TrainingFourth of July Announcement

July 2nd, 2012
All Locations -- All of the Chicago MMA Trainingacademies will be closed from July 3rd - July 4th for Independence Day. The academies will resume their normal schedules beginning July 5th.


We hope that you have a happy and safe weekend, and to see you back in the gym after the holiday festivities.


Chicago MMA BJJ Tournament Cancelled

June 21st, 2012
Naperville, Illinois (IL) -- The Second Chicago MMA BJJ Tournament is cancelled for the time being due to a scheduling conflict with the venue. The tournament, which was originally scheduled for June 23rd, will be rescheduled for a later date that has yet to be determined.


All of the Chicago MMA Trainingacademies will now be open on Saturday, and operating under thier normal schedules.


Downtown Chicago Schedule Announcement

June 15th, 2012
Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA Training- Chicago is announcing an addition to its schedule. On Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. The class will be a No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu class that will be taught by Mark Vujovic. Due to the earlier start, the academy will now be opening at 4:00pm.


Mark Vujovic is a 2 Stripe Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a 3x Naga Advanced Champion and has 14 years of wrestling experience.


Aurora/ Naperville Summer Schedule Announcement

May 24th, 2012
Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA Training- Aurora/ Naperville is announcing the cancellation of the Boxing/ Muay Thai classes on Sunday mornings. Since this was the only class offered on Sundays at the Aurora/ Naperville academy, the academy will be closed for the day.


Everyone enjoy your Sundays off from training, and come in to gym Monday - Saturday to train with Chicago MMA MMA


Jeff Neal Quad Cities Seminar

May 25th, 2012

Moline, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA Training's instructor and 3rd Degree Black Belt, Jeff Neal, will be holding a seminar in the Quad Cities on June 17th. The seminar will be going on from 10:00 am -1:00 pm.


Jeff will be teaching the seminar, along with three of his assistants. The seminar is open to everyone including: beginners - advanced, White Belts - Black Belts, and Gi or No-Gi.


For full details go to Jeff Neal Seminar


Chicago MMA TrainingClosed for Memorial Day

May 24th, 2012
All Locations -- All of the Chicago MMA Trainingacademies (Chicago, Aurora, Channahon, Merrillville, and Schaumburg) will be closed on Monday, May 28th, 2012 for Memorial Day. The academies will reopen on Tuesday May 29th, and will operate under the normal schedule.


Chicago MMA Trainingwishes you a happy and safe Memorial Day. We hope to see you back in on Tuesday.


Chicago Classes Cancelled Through 2012 NATO Summit

May 16th, 2012
Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Due to the 2012 NATO Summit the Chicago academy will be closed beginning Wednesday. Chicago MMA - MMA will reopen Tuesday with it's regular schedule.


The 2012 NATO Summit will take place from May 20 -21st, but due to the large amount of protests leading up to and on the days of the Summit, the academy will be closed.


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Chicago MMA has a Successfull Night at Babes & Brawls XI

May 14th, 2012


Ford Heights, Illinois (IL) -- If you missed Babes & Brawls XI, you missed one of the more exciting nights that Chicago MMA fighters have been a part of. Three of the four Chicago MMA fighters not only one, but they put on an exciting show.


It was an amazing night of action for Carlson Team fighters

including Jon Rivera, Craig "the Truth" Fruth, Jorge Gonzalez, and the MMA debut of the Muay Thai phenom Mike "the Wardog" Reid.


Click here for the Full Chicago MMA results


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Chicago MMA Fighters Primed for Babes & Brawls

May 7th, 2012


Ford Heights, Illinois (IL) -- Babes & Brawls XI is only one day away! It is going to be another exciting night for Chicago MMA Trainingas there will be four fighters on CutThroat MMA's card. Fighting Saturday will be Craig Fruth, Jorge  , Jonathan Rivera and Mike Reid. This will be an exciting night of fights with the MMA debut of one of the best young fighters around.


Craig "the Truth" Fruth will be heading into the Babes & Brawls cage with a 6-0 MMA record. Now, what could Craig have in common with one of the UFC's legends Rich Franklin? Like Franklin when he first started his MMA career, Craig is teacher, or at least working towards becoming a teacher...


Click here for the full story


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Chicago MMA Fighter Becomes TFC Champion

May 7th, 2012


Willowbrook, Illinois (IL) -- Friday, May 4th, was a big night for Chicago MMA fighter and instructor Sam Ferguson. He not only made his Total Fight Challenge debut, but he was the card's Main Event and fought for the promotions Middleweight title. And the night would only get bigger for Sam.


On Friday, Sam's opponent was Matt Paul, who was the TFC Middelweight champion at the beginning of the night. As the fight wore on, it was apparent that Sam was in control of the fight as he was able to get takedowns in all five rounds. In the fourth round, Matt was able to reverse positions and do some damage, but that was not enough. Sam was able to control the fight to earn the decision victory and take the title away from his opponent. Sam will now be defending


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Chicago MMA MMA Seminar to Support Member

May 1st, 2012


Merrillville, Indiana (IN) -- The morning after J.J. Gilmore's title defense at CutThroat MMA's Invasion Chicago on April 27th, J.J. suffered a huge lose as his mother passed away. J.J. and his family were not emotionally or financially prepared for her passing and they will need all of the support that they can get.


If you would like to give your support to J.J. and his family, Chicago MMA

Team MMA will be offering an MMA Seminar Thursday night. All of the proceeds from the seminar will go to cover the funeral expenses. Come out and support a member of the Chicago MMA Trainingand Team Colon family in these trying times.


For more information go to: Support J.J. Gilmore Seminar


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The Wardog Looks to Take a Bite Out of Team Quest

May 1st, 2012


Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- The long anticipated MMA debut for Mike "the Wardog" Reid is a little over a week away. On May 12th, at Babes & Brawls 11, Mike will be fighting Mike Hernandez, who comes out of Team Quest. Team Quest has produced UFC greats Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Matt Lindland. If the names that have come out of Team Quest is any indication of Hernandez's skill level, Reid will have a good fight on his hands.


Mike Reid is making the transition from Muay Thai to MMA after dominanting most of the fights that he has been in. His most recent victory came at CutThroat MMA's first Invasion Chicago on March 16th against Andrew Ballenger. Reid easily handled Ballenger, who was the last person to beat Mike. This will be Mike's biggest fight thus far, and he will have to continue to grow as a fighter in order to further his fighting career.


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The Phantom and the Machine are Victorious at Invasion

April 30, 2012


Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Invasion Chicago has come and gone. April 27th was set up to be a big night for Chicago MMA Trainingas five of Chicago MMA's fighters saw action on the card. Chicago MMA fighters kicked the night off, and they also ended the night. The night was filled with great fights that produced a lot of action with mixed results.


Axel "the Phatom" Mendez was the first fight of the night. He was able to control the pace of the fight and land effective strikes throughout the match, which led to him getting the decision over Anthony Pazmino. In the Main Event, and for the CutThroat 170 lbs. title, Danny "the Machine" Morales was able to dictate all aspects of the fight to earn the victory in his first ever title defense.


Read the full story at: Chicago MMA's Take on April 27th


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Chicago MMA Fighters Going to WKA World Championships

April 23, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Three Chicago MMA Trainingfighters have been selected to fight in the 2012 WKA World Championships for the U.S. National Team. The news is coming off of their success at the 2012 WKA North Armerican Championships, which took place at the end of March.


Allison Casella, Dorothy Schultz and Axel Mendez all managed to place second or better at the North American Championships. Allison was the runner up in her K-1 weight class. Dorothy and Axel both came out of the North American Championships as WKA champions.


Until the World Championships come around in September, they will still be fighting to maintain their form. Dorothy and Axel are both fighing at Invasion Chicago on April 27th.


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Invasion Chicago Taking Shape for Chicago MMA Fighters

April 12, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- The April 27th CutThroat MMA Invasion Chicago card is starting to take shape as April 27th draws closer. More and more Chicago MMA fighters are starting to find out who their opponents will be as the event draws closer. So far, opponents have been booked for Tom Shoaff, Danny Morales, Dorothy Schultz, and the newly added Axel Mendez. That only leaves Larry Lindenman without an opponent for the night, but his opponent should be named in the next few days.


Read the full story at: Invasion Chicago Taking Shape for Chicago MMA Fighters.





Schedule Change


UFC Fighter Earns Brown Belt

April 11, 2012

Merrillville, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA fighter, Darren Elkins, will look to improve his UFC record to 4-1 at UFC 146 on May 26th. But before he heads into the UFC octagon for his next fight, he has already earned a new belt. On April 10th Darren earned a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the Merrillville academy.


Darren is scheduled to fight Diego Brandao at UFC 146 inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


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WKA Champ and Chicago MMA Fighter Looks to continue Dominance

April 06, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Dorothy Schultz is looking for another reason to celebrate after becoming WKA North American Champion. After Dorothy became WKA Champion, she jumped at the chance to fight at CutThroat MMA's Invasion Chicago.


She joins three other Chicago MMA fighters on the card. And she will be as prepared as her male teammates will be. She will be looking to end her opponents night with a knockout which she continuously done. Support Dorothy, as well as her fellow teammates Danny "the Machine" Morales, Tom Shoaff, and Larry Lindenman as they head into Invasion Chicago


Dorothy Schultz interview


Easter Sunday Closing

April 6th, 2012
All Locations -- All of the Carlon Gracie Team MMA academies will be closed for Easter Sunday on April 8th, 2012. Classes will resume the following day, Monday April 9th, 2012.


We hope that everyone enjoys the holiday, and that we see back in the gym the following day!


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Chicago MMA Member Picks Make a Wish Foundation

March 29, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA Trainingwill once again have a strong presence at CutThroat MMA's Invasion Chicago. So far three Chicago MMA Trainingmembers have been scheduled to appear on the April 27th card at the Congress Theater. Danny Morales will defending his CutThroat MMA Welterweight title, Tom Shoaff will be making his Lightweight debut, and just added to the card is Larry Lindenman in a jiu jitsu match. Adding even more incentive to go and watch an exciting night of fights, is that CutThroat MMA will be Donating a portion of the proceeds to the Make a Wish Foundation.


Read more about: Invasion Chicago

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Sam Ferguson to Fight for TFC 185 Title

March 26, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA Trainingfighter and instructor, Sam Ferguson, will be making the move from CutThroat MMA Middleweight contender, to Total Fight Challenge Middleweight contender.


His first fight under TFC will be for the 185 lbs. title on May 4th. The fight will take place at the Willowbrook Ballroom and will be his first fight since Invasion - Aurora, where he fought for CutThroat MMA's 185 lbs title.


For more information: Total Fight Challenge


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Mike Reid Will Make MMA Debut at Babes & Brawls

March 21, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- The 18 year old Mike "the Wardog" Reid has made it a habit of having must watch Muay Thai fights throughout his career and walking through most of his opponents. But he is making a career move on May 12 at Babes & Brawls XI.


Mike will be making the transition from Muay Thai, to Mixed Martial Arts on the May 12th card. His first MMA fight will be against Andrew West, who he knocked out in the first round of the Babes & Brawls X main event. Even though he will be making the tranisition now to MMA, he still looks to end the fight with a devastating knockout.


Read more about Babes & Brawls XI




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Chicago MMA Aims to have two CutThroat Titles

March 18, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- On Friday the 27th of April 2012 at CutThroat MMA's Invasion Chicago at the Congress Theater, Chicago MMA looks to add another CutThroat title to the one that is already in the camp. Tom Shoaff will be making the move from Welterweight to Lightweight at Invasion Chicago to fight Eric Rasmussen for the CutThroat Lightweight title. If successful, he will join Danny Morales as the camps CutThroat champion for their respective weight class.


This night will also mark the first time that Danny Morales defends his Welterweight title, which he won at Invasion 3. Danny's opponent is the former CutThroat Light Heavyweight champion and former Middleweight conteder, David Booth.


Read more about: April 27 Invasion Chicago


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Chicago MMA Training3 - 0 at Invasion Chicago

March 18, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- On Friday the 16th of March 2012 at Chicago's Congress Theater, the hardwork and dedication that the Chicago MMA fighters put into the fight preparation showed as they were able to go 3 - 0 for the night.


Aaron Brooks began the night with a strong performance, earning a submission victory over Zack Sesko. Audrey Pang followed up Aaron's victory with a TKO victory, which cause the crowd to errupt with "Audrey Audrey" chants. Mike ended the night as the main event with a KO over Andrew Ballenger, redeeming his last lose in the process.


Read more about: Invasion Chicago Results


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Chicago MMA TrainingFighters to take Chicago

February 27, 2012

Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- On Friday the 16th of March 2012 at the Congress Theater in Chicago at 6:00 PM, the Chicago MMA Trainingpresence will be felt as they send three fighters to Invasion Chicago.


The 16th will be an exciting night for Chicago MMA Training, as it will feature former Princeton University wrestler Audrey Pang, the rematch of Mike Reid and Andrew Ballenger, and the MMA debut of Aaron Brooks.


Read more about: Invasion Chicago


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Chicago MMA TrainingTakes on Invasion - Aurora

January 27th, 2012

Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- On Friday the 27th of January 2012 at La Sierra in Aurora at 6:30 PM, the Chicago MMA will occupy half of the action packed Cut Throat Invasion 4 card.


At one end of the card in the main event of the evening, we have Chicago MMA instructor Sam Ferguson looking to finally capture what he feels is rightfully his as the number two ranked fighter in his weight class, the Cut Throat Middleweight Title!


Read more about: Chicago MMA Takes on Invasion - Aurora


Holiday Schedule Announced

December 21st, 2011
All locations -- All Chicago MMA Traininglocations will be closed Saturday 12/24 and Sunday 12/25 as well as Saturday 12/31 and Sunday 1/1 to celebrate the holiday season.


We hope everyone has a great holiday season and we look forward to the New Year!


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Tom Shoaff and Sam Ferguson Win at Invasion 4

December 7th, 2011

Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- Chicago MMA was well represented at Cut Throat’s Invasion 4 last Friday at La Sierra in Aurora. Our team sent two well-seasoned fighters into the cage and left with two victories. Both were in the first round, and both were dominant one-sided affairs. Those fighters were: Tom Shoaff and Sam Ferguson.

Instructor Tom Shoaff came into the fight undefeated, hungry and looking for a chance to show off his striking ability. Before the fight, Shoaff had two opponents drop...


Read more about: Shoaff and Ferguson winning at Invasion 4

BJJ Class Added in Chicago

December 7th, 2011
Chicago, Illinois ( IL ) -- Beginning this Friday 12/9/11, a second Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will be added to Chicago's Friday schedule and will run from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sparring will immediately follow from 12:30 - 1:00 pm.


Evolution Team MMA fights at Invasion 4


Shoaff and Ferguson to fight at CutThroat's Invasion 4

November 29th, 2011

Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- This Friday night at La Sierra in Aurora, Instructor Tom Shoaff and Sam Ferguson both enter the cage at CutThroat MMA's Invasion 4 looking to add victories to their impressive resumes as they progress toward promising professional careers.

Instructor Tom Shoaff, who is undefeated, has been impressive in finishing his last three fights by winning with two slick arm bar submissions and a highlight reel head-kick knockout. However, his success has made him a prime target for other up and comers looking to make a name off his resume and prestigious status as a Chicago MMA TrainingInstructor.


Read more about: Shoaff and Ferguson fighting at CutThroat MMA's Invasion 4


Happy Thanksgiving! Holiday Scheduled Closings

November 23rd, 2011
All locations -- All locations will be closed Wednesday evening and Thursday to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. All class schedules will resume on Friday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


MMA Class Added in Chicago on Tuesday Afternoons

October 26th, 2011
Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- The Chicago schedule has changed!

Tuesday afternoons have picked up an additional class at 1pm. MMA class will run from 1pm - 2pm taught by by coach Jeff Neal. The class will cover all aspects of MMA from stand-up striking to take-downs, ground and pound to submissions

Check out the schedule for full details: Chicago Loop Schedule


2011 NAGA Midwest Overall Team Champions - Chicago MMA!!!


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October 25th, 2011


East Chicago, Indiana (IN) -- Chicago MMA captured its second consecutive NAGA Overall Team Championship this past August at the 2011 NAGA Midwest Championship. Following up on the first overall team championship in May, Chicago MMA came in and made a statement by more than doubling the points of second place Team Torres.


Great job to all of our members and coaches who made the second championship happen and good luck to all of our members who will be fighting to defend it on November 5th!


Read more about: Chicago MMA's 2011 NAGA Midwest Overall Team Championship


Schedule Changes - Merrillville

October 21st, 2011
Merrillville, Illinois (IL) -- The Merrillville schedule has changed!

Wednesday night now has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Gi & No-Gi) added to the schedule with an all new instructor! We are pleased to add Chicago MMA Brown Belt Malik Elliott to the staff. In addition to being a Chicago MMA Brown Belt Malik also is a former D1 College Wrestler from Northwestern and Boston!

Saturday's have also been adjusted. Check out the full schedule for details: Merrillville Schedule


Schedule Change


Ferguson and Reid to Headline Clash at the Kilt 2

October 13th, 2011

Elgin, Illinois (IL) -- This Friday night presents the next opportunity for our surging fight team to showcase why it is arguably the top fight team in the region as CutThroat MMA presents Clash at the Kilt 2 at the Tilted Kilt's Highland Music Lounge in Elgin, Illinois.

In the main event, Sam Ferguson looks to secure the Middleweight CutThroat MMA Championship belt by facing off against David Booth.  Booth is coming off a huge underdog win which earned him the current CutThroat Light heavyweight Championship belt. 


Read more about: CutThroat MMA presents Clash at the Kilt 2


Schedule Change


Morales and Shoaff Victorious at Invasion 3

October 13th, 2011

Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- Last Friday night in front of a packed house at La Sierra De Aurora Restaurante & Banquets in Aurora, CutThroat MMA's Invasion 3 provided an opportunity for both Chicago MMA's Danny Morales and Tom Shoaff to showcase their talents against two extremely tough opponents.

Tension for the members of Chicago MMA Trainingin attendance ran high as Tom Shoaff stepped into the cage against rival Tim Young from neighboring rival Full Mount MMA of Aurora. 


Read more about: Moarles and Shoaff's Victory at Invasion 3

Schedule Changes - Multiple Locations

October 6th, 2011
Channahon, Illinois (IL) -- Boxing class is now added to Monday night from 6:00 - 7:00 pm


Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- No-Gi BJJ on Tuesday and Thursday is now at 5:30 pm


Schaumburg, Illinois (IL) -- BJJ is now only from 6:30 - 7:30 pm on Monday and Wednesday night. Muay Thai on Monday night is now 7:00 pm. Boxing on Wednesday night is now 7:00 pm


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes expanded in Chicago

September 22nd, 2011
Chicago, Illinois (IL) -- Starting Monday September 26th, Chicago MMA Training- Chicago will expand its Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes on Monday and Wednesday nights. BJJ classes will be taught by Chicago MMA Black Belt Issac Riggs with beginner level classes from 6:30 - 7:30 pm and advanced level classes from 7:30 - 9:00 pm.


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Chicago Loop location officially announced!

August 29th, 2011

Chicago, Illinois (IL) --Chicago MMA Training- Chicago is set to open this month in a big way! News of the long awaited Chicago Loop school was officially released today and good things absolutely come to those who wait.  From big name instructors to a perfect location, this school is the culmination of the resurgence of the Chicago MMA through the Chicagoland area in the past two years.

The big name instructors tagged to head up classes at the new school feature many regulars to the Team MMA gyms. Black Belts Isaac Riggs, Marcus Larrieu and Jason Sullins will be teaching in Chicago. With Jeff Neal also in the mix teaching MMA, the number of legitimate black belt level BJJ instructors at the academy will be no less than five!

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IBJJF Chicago Summer Open Championship 2011 Results

August 26th, 2011


Villa Park, Illinois (IL) -- The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation brought the Chicago Summer Open Championship to the Odeum in Villa Park this past Sunday.  As come to be expected, Chicago MMA put the credentials of it's BJJ training on display by earning an array of wins and tournament accolades!

Building off the success of it's previous tournaments in the area, the IBJJF's registration process quickly hit full capacity and locked out many potential competitors who were slow to register.  As a result, the number of jiu-jitsu team members that Chicago MMA was able to send out onto the mats was noticeably smaller than in tournaments past.  Regardless, the talent of those who did make it into the tournament were still strong enough to come away with an overall second place team win!

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Shamar Bailey - Steve Colon


UFC Fighters from Merrillville stay undefeated!

June 24th, 2011

Merrillville, Indiana (IN) -- With half the events scheduled for the fighters who have been training out of Team MMA - Merrillville in the books, the team stands at an undefeated 2-0 in June.

Shamar Bailey who was featured on Season 13 of the UFC's hit reality show as a member of Team Dos Santos took to the cage first at the UFC Finale in Las Veags on June 4th.With Coach Steve Colon in his corner he proceeded to dominate Ryan McGillivray for the entire fight.

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Shamar Bailey - Steve Colon


Coach Colón and Shamar Bailey ready for TUF Finale!

June 3rd, 2011

Las Vegas, Nevada (NV) --This Saturday Coach Steve Colon will be in the corner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13's Shamar Bailey as he takes on Ryan McGillivray in the TUF Season 13 Live Finale in Las Vegas.  The coaching staff at Team MMA - Merrillville has been working quietly for weeks preparing Bailey for his big event!


Shamar Bailey was featured on Season 13 of the UFC's hit reality show as a member of Team Dos Santos.  Bailey was a regarded by many as a favorite to win Season 13...

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2011 NAGA Chicago Overall Team Champions - Chicago MMA!!!


IBJJF Results



May 30th, 2011


Villa Park, Illinois (IL) -- The announcements echoed almost non-stop throughout the Odeum the weekend of NAGA Chicago 2011, 'First Place Chicago MMA... Second Place Chicago MMA... First Place Chicago MMA... '.   As the team dominated the competition on the mats, the announcer became the messenger to the other 185 teams telling them that the Chicago MMA was focused and determined on taking the coveted Overall Team Championship.  When the weekend tournament came to an end, the team looked to the official results to validate what they already knew.  Chicago MMA had taken the NAGA Chicago 2011 Overall Team Championship!!!

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