UFC fighters and former Arizona State wrestling standouts, Ryan Bader, CB Dollaway and Aaron Simpson have left Arizona Combat Sports. With the departure, the three now count themselves among the high-profile fighters who have trained at one point or another at the Tempe, Ariz.-based gym: Joe Riggs, Drew Fickett, Carlos Condit, and TUF 7 alum, Matt Riddle, are some of the former members of ACS.
The move by the three UFC competitors and Arizona State alums comes at a curious time as all are coming off the biggest wins of their careers. Bader defeated Keith Jardine via third round TKO at UFC 110, Dolloway took home a unanimous decision that same night against Goran Reljic and Simpson defeated Tom Lawlor at UFC Fight Night 20 in January.
No information has surfaced regarding the destination of the three fighters or the reasons for their leaving the longtime training ground.
Perhaps Bader, Dollaway, and Simpson have felt the need to seek a greener pasture in order to elevate their game to a new level. If so, their decision is commendable, as they refuse to become complacent with their recent victories. Despite possessing strong wrestling foundation, they all have weaknesses that must be fortified in order to achieve success at the highest level.
The question is, where will they defect to? Which gym will have the room to accommodate three fighters who have the potential to make some waves in their respective divisions, without posing the dilemma of possible teammate battles that have become common at high-profile gyms?