Billy Robinson (R.I.P. September 18, 1938 – March 3, 2014)
Billy Robinson (born 1939) is a British professional wrestler and catch wrestling instructor. Robinson was well known in Japan where he has trained mixed martial arts fighters in catch wrestling. He is one of the few wrestlers who was successful in several continents (Europe, North America, Asia), winning titles in promotions nearly everywhere he wrestled.
As well as being one of the key influences on the shoot style movement, Robinson began training athletes in Catch Wrestling at the UWF Snake Pit in Japan. Robinson has contributed immensely in training several mixed martial arts legends including Kazushi Sakuraba and Josh Barnett. Currently, he trains up and coming fighters at Westside MMA.
Robinson was inducted into the International Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.
Coach Matt "The Pink Leprechaun" Hamilton
Matt Hamilton, a native Arkansan, got his start in Martial Arts instruction in 1991. He discovered Mixed Martial Arts in the mid-90s and excelled in the sport, becoming one of Arkansas’ first professional MMA Fighters. Matt has multiple MMA tournament wins including the 1999 MMA Amateur National Title (<155 lbs) and Dan Severn’s Danger Zone 135 lbs North American Title. Matt has fought along side UFC veterans in shows like AFC, SHOOTO, Superbrawl, & Extreme Challenge.
Matt is a first-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the first Arkansan to compete in ADCC, and coached the only Arkansan to ever medal in ADCC (Hillary Williams). Matt uses his versatile experience in his preparation with Westside’s Fight Team.
Aside from managing the day-to-day workings of the gym, Matt heads the kickboxing program and teaches and assists in the BJJ, Nogi, and Fight Team classes.
Rolando "The Crazy Cuban" Delgado
Roli Delgado got his start in combat sports during high school when he joined the wrestling team. Upon moving to Arkansas, at the time with no wrestling teams in the state, Roli discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. A TUF and UFC veteran, Roli is an active MMA fighter and oversees all the young fighters getting their start at Westside. Roli co-owns Westside with Matt Hamilton.
An advocate of well-rounded training, Roli is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt but consistently cross trains in Hayastan, Judo, and Catch Wrestling to complete his ground game. With 25 MMA fights, Roli is one of the most experienced instructors in the Mid-South and passes his knowledge on to his students at Westside.
Roli teaches the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Fight Team classes at Westside MMA.
Borris combines old school toughness with a big teddy bear smile to make the boxing classes at Westside fun while incredibly challenging.
Borris has over 25 years experience in Martial Arts, beginning with a black belt in Taekwondo before moving on to Kickboxing under former World Champion Lafayette Lawson. In the Kickboxing Ring Borris won the Arkansas State Heavyweight Title, US Heavyweight Title and was ranked as high as #8 by the I.S.K.A. After retiring from Kickboxing Borris became a staple of the local boxing gyms. Borris has trained with the top coaches in the area and logged countless rounds with the best that Arkansas has to offer.
Known as a ferocious puncher and conditioning machine he is still a top sparring partner for up and coming fighters in the area; at 40+ Borris is truly a force of nature in and out of the ring.
TJ Coaches Muay Thai Kickboxing and helps with the kids program at Westside. TJ is currently an aspiring MMA fighter that likes to give back by helping out the kids at the gym. TJ has competition experience in Boxing and MMA.