MMA Fighters That Need to Open Their Own Gyms

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2013

MMA Fighters That Need to Open Their Own Gyms

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    There seems to be a sort of "circle of life" when it comes to fighting. Most fighters watch the sport, take up the sport, fight for money and then end their career to just watch the sport again.

    Many of these fighters come into the sport with a specialty or background such as karate or wrestling. They are so well-versed in these aspects that they can impart their knowledge on others.

    Guys like Tito Ortiz and Pat Miletich have walked away from the sport, but have their own gyms to train fighters. Here are some fighters that need to open their own gyms when it's all said and done. 

Rashad Evans

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    Currently a part of the Blackzilian camp, Rashad Evans had the benefit of studying under a masterful coach in Greg Jackson. That would be a great base for Evans to be a coach and to have his own gym.

    Add to that the fact that Evans represented himself well on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter and you can see how great of a coach Evans is. He was genuinely concerned for his fighters, made great strides with his team and taught them a bunch.

    What else could you ask for in a coach and gym owner? 

Mike Brown

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    Mike Brown is currently a coach at American Top Team, training for his comeback fight and looking to revitalize his career. Even though he is on the comeback, Brown should have his own gym.

    Brown has a wealth of experience, aforementioned coaching experience and a WEC title to his name. The talent at ATT say nothing but great things about Brown and his contributions to his teammates.

    Sometimes it's not the biggest names in the sport that should open gyms and coach. Sometimes, it's just a qualified guy with knowledge and experience. 

Chael Sonnen

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    Love him or hate him, you've got to respect Chael Sonnen. In fact, I wrote an article about that recently.

    Sonnen has his own Team Quest gym, but he really needs to open up his own set of gyms. A Sonnen-named gym or chain of gyms would be awesome, to say the least.

    Anyways, Sonnen is a long-time veteran of the sport that has proven to be a worthy coach and valuable attraction. Wherever Sonnen is, media and quotes will follow.

    It's not just that Sonnen is marketable. In watching Sonnen coach the most recent season of TUF, you can tell that he is a great motivator, solid coach and good strategist. That is why his team won more fights on the season.

    I would expect a boom in service if Sonnen opened a gym. 

Michael Bisping

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    Yet another guy who represented himself well coaching-wise on TUF was Michael Bisping. In two seasons coaching, Bisping was quite successful despite his brash attitude.

    Add in the fact that Bisping is immensely popular in the UK and it's almost a no-brainer. Brits would come in swarms to a Bisping gym to learn the sport from the country's top all-time MMA fighter.

    They would get good coaching, a stern-but-fair mentor and some entertaining stories from "The Count."