Two of the most respected mixed martial arts (MMA) camps in the entire world have formed a groundbreaking, strategic partnership to share training knowledge, coaching methodologies, fight strategies and other fight-related experience.
Evolve MMA in Singapore is widely regarded as being the premier facility of its type in Asia while Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque is consistently ranked as being among the top camps in the United Staes. The former is home to Shinya Aoki and Rafael Dos Anjos while the latter has produced a series of UFC champions including Georges St. Pierre, Jon Jones and Carlos Condit.
Jackson (pictured with Evolve MMA owner Chatri Sityodtong) conducted a seminar at Evolve MMA in February 2012 and the two camps formalized their relationship this week with the 2010 MMA "Coach of the Year" quoted as saying:
"It is a wonderful partnership that truly brings together the best of the West and the best of the East in terms of martial arts knowledge and experience. Both Chatri and myself feel that it will be strongly beneficial to our fighters and to our respective teams to learn through this unique training experience. The combined wealth of championship experience from both of our coaching staffs will really accelerate the learning, progress, and development of fighters for both Evolve MMA and Jacksons MMA. I am really looking forward to working more closely with the best team in Asia."
Evolve MMA currently has two facilities in Singapore and recently announced plans to open up two more, as well as launching an online academy earlier this year titled Evolve University. According to Chatri, this partnership will see some of Jackson's MMA stars like St. Pierre, Jones, Condit, Donald Cerrone and Clay Guida heading to Singapore to train,
"It is a huge win-win partnership for the two best martial arts organizations in the world to join hands in this amazing collaboration. It makes perfect sense for Jackson's MMA as the number one in the West and Evolve MMA as the number one in the East to enter into a strategic partnership to help each other. In my opinion, Greg Jackson is the top MMA coach in the world. It is a true honor and privilege for our fighters at Evolve MMA to learn at Jackson's MMA alongside some of the very best in the industry."
The MMA program at Evolve MMA is headed up by wrestling Olympian Heath Sims, but the camp is renowned for the caliber of its boxing, Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu trainers. Jackson has a reputation for being an astute observer who is meticulous in his preparation and choice of gameplans while Mike Winklejohn, who has over 20 years of kickboxing experience, is something of an unsung hero at the Albuquerque camp.
The caliber of the camps involved could not be any higher and it will be interesting to see what comes of this strategic partnership and which fighters are the first to make the 9,000 mile trip between Singapore and Albuquerque.