Power Ranking the 10 Best Gyms in MMA Today

G DAnalyst IIISeptember 30, 2011

Power Ranking the 10 Best Gyms in MMA Today

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    Mixed Martial Arts has undoubtedly become the world's fastest growing sport over the past decade and shows no signs of slowing down.

    Organizations such as UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator have catapulted MMA into a league of their own.

    A substantial amount of MMA's growth is credited to the world class athletes who take part in fighting for the sport.

    And, while these fighters have unarguably brought the sport to a whole new level, it's the mixed martial arts gyms in which these fighters have grown to be great in.

    It's the world-class gyms that have allowed fighters to become world champions and legends in their respected organizations.

    The following slides display the top 10 gyms in MMA today.

    Let's take a look.

Honorable Mention

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    Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy: Stationed in Pleasant Hills, California, the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy focuses on a variety of mixed martial arts skills including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The academy has produced title holders in Nick Diaz, Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez.

    Miletich Fighting Systems: Located in Iowa, Miletich Fighting Systems was started by MMA veteran Pat Miletich. MFS is one of the best mixed martial arts training centers in central United States. Miletich has produced past title holders such as Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia and Spencer Fisher.

    Team Nogueira: Also stationed in Brazil, Team Nogueira is run by the Nogueria brothers. The gym is focused around three aspects of mixed martial arts consisting of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and wrestling.

    Team Wand: Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, The Wand Fight Team was found by the former Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva in 2009. The camp has evolved into a location of world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling and strength and conditioning.

10. Ultimate Fitness (Team Alpha Male)

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    Ultimate Fitness, located in Sacramento, California, is arguably the best mixed martial arts camp on the West Coast.

    Focused around former WEC Featherweight champion Urijah Faber, "Team Alpha Male" is quickly growing as an elite powerhouse for all mixed martial artists.

    The camp's main focus consists of BJJ, submission grappling, boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing.

    Official site: Ultimate Fitness (Team Alpha Male)

9. Nova Uniao

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    Nova Uniao, arguably one of the best gyms in all of South America, is stationed in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

    The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu focused academy is also stationed in 14 states throughout North America.

    Nova Uniao has produced title holders such as BJ Penn and Jose Aldo.

    Official site: Nova Uniao

8. The Alliance Training Center

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    The Alliance Training Center is located in Chula Vista, California and has evolved to one of the best training facilities on the West Coast.

    Alliance, who specializes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, boxing, wrestling and power fitness has produced UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

    The Alliance Training Center has also produced other notable fighters in Phil Davis, Alexander Gustafsson, Travis Browne and Ross Pearson.

    Official site: The Alliance Training Center

7. Team Quest

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    Team Quest was found by former UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight champion Randy Couture in 1999.

    Team Quest has two gyms located in each California and Oregon. The Couture-found camp is also located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

    The camp centered around BJJ, submission grappling and cardio and conditioning has produced fighters such as Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Yushin Okami.

    Official site: Team Quest

6. Kings MMA

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    Located in Hunting Beach, California, Kings MMA has evolved into one of the best camps on the West Coast.

    Focused on BJJ, kickboxing, submission offense, Muay Thai and conditioning, Kings MMA has come to form one of the best team of fighters on the face of the earth.

    These fighters consist of Anderson Silva, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Fabricio Werdum and Mark Munoz.

    Official site: Kings MMA

5. AKA

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    AKA, located in San Jose, California, has quickly become one of the best camps in the entire United States.

    The American Kickboxing Academy is focused around just that. AKA also focuses on a variety of mixed martial arts, particularly Jiu-Jitsu.

    The camp has produced fighters such as Cain Velasquez, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Mike Swick.

    Official site: AKA

4. American Top Team

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    The American Top Team was established in 2001 and is located in Coconut Creek, Florida.

    An overall mastermind in mixed martial arts, American Top Team specializes in BJJ, self-defense and fitness.

    ATT has produced eight current and former champions and notable fighters consisting of Thiago Silva, Antonio Silva, Brian Bowles and Mike Brown.

    Official site: American Top Team

3. Xtreme Couture

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    Arguably the best mixed martial arts gym on the face of the earth, Xtreme Couture was established in 2006 and is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Xtreme Couture, also located in Florida and Ontario, is a mastermind in every aspect of mixed martial arts.

    XC has produced some of the world's greatest fighters of all time such as Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, Gray Maynard, Vinny Magalhaes and Vitor Belfort.

    Official site: Xtreme Couture

2. Black House MMA

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    Along with Xtreme Couture, Black House MMA is arguably the greatest mixed martial arts camp to ever have existed.

    Black House MMA was found in 2006 and is located in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Los Angeles and San Diego, California.

    The training center is centered around BJJ, Savate, Muay Thai, American wrestling and boxing.

    Black House MMA has produced some of the world's greatest fighters in Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Jose Aldo and Antonio Nogueira.

    Official site: Black House MMA

1. Jackson's MMA

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    Topping the list is Jackson's MMA, which was established in 1992 when Greg Jackson began mixed martial arts training.

    Jackson's MMA is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been known as the center stage for all mixed martial artists across the globe.

    At the top of nearly every style consisting of wrestling, grappling, BJJ, kick boxing, submission fighting and conditioning, Jackson's MMA has produced nine world champions and trains some of the world's greatest fighters.

    Also, behind the scenes, Mike Winkeljohn has helped produce fighters in George St-Pierre, Jon Jones and Rashad Evans.

    Other fighters consist of Carolos Condit, Shane Carwin, Clay Guida, Melvin Guillard, Brian Stann and Tom Watson.

    Official site: Jackson's MMA


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