That MMA Show

Why MMA Gold is fast becoming the top training facility in combat sports

The best-kept secret in combat sports — California’s MMA Gold fighter training facility — was thrust into the national spotlight in 2015 after Aspen Ladd tapped out Amanda Cooper.

Ladd’s highly technical performance that night caught the eye of legendary ref “Big” John McCarthy, who reportedly told the fighter’s corner that it was some of the finest instruction he ever heard in a fight. McCarthy also told Ladd personally that she did a fantastic job executing the plan her coach mapped out for her.

To get praise like that from McCarthy — a man who has been in the fight game since UFC 2 — really meant something special.

Since that night nearly four years ago at Invicta FC 14, MMA Gold has exploded in popularity due to a robust roster of up-and-coming prospects and world-class veterans.

The team now includes UFC stars such as Ladd, Anthony Hernandez, Marion Reneau, Max Griffin and Andrea “KGB” Lee, plus Invicta FC standouts Ashley Medina and Shino VanHoose.

Ladd, 24, has gone undefeated in her three UFC starts, and she’s set to get her first main event opportunity under the company banner as she takes on Germaine de Randamie on July 13.

As for Hernandez, he suffered a setback in his first official UFC fight outside of Dana White’s Contender Series. But he has been one of the top bright spots on the MMA Gold roster outside the addition of Lee, who has also gone 3-0 in the UFC. “KGB” is currently ranked No. 7 in the world at flyweight and is just a couple wins away from a world title shot.

Reneau and Ladd are both ranked in the top 15 in the world at bantamweight.

With top-tier coaches Jim West, Dave Herschbien, Alex Grunder, Mike Guy, Joe Beck, Nick G, Dan Brito, Ryan Brown and Doug Casebier leading the way, MMA Gold has a strong foundation to recruit and train more world-class athletes in the years to come.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *