So you want to be a fighter? Mixed Martial Arts has been called the fastest growing sport in the world, and its growth in popularity hasn't shown any signs of slowing down. Like any other sport, to compete at a high level you must train at a high level. Westside MMA has an excellent and proven training program for producing top level MMA fighters at both the amateur and professional levels. Westside MMA holds the distinction of producing the only 2 UFC fighters from the state of Arkansas, heavyweight fighter Mike Wessel, and lightweight fighter Roli Delgado. Both of these fighters started their training with Matt Hamilton without any prior experience in MMA or traditional martial arts, and while Roli Delgado started at age 15, don't think you are too old to start! Mike Wessel started at the age of 28 and we have many other great fighters in their 30's and 40's!
So you don't want to be a fighter? No problem! If you want to learn MMA for the fitness and self defense benefits, Westside is still the place for you. Not everyone here at Westside is training to become a professional fighter. In fact, a majority of our clients have no ambitions to fight. These clients do the same exact drills, classes, and techniques as our fighters. A separate fighter-only class is offered on Saturday mornings to fulfill the hardcore training needs and to provide more live sparring and MMA scenarios to supplement the Thursday night live sparring class. You can learn the same great techniques, learn how to properly defend yourself, and train with experienced UFC fighters and coaches without ever actually fighting in an official MMA bout.
The size and scope of our program helps consistently keeps Westside at the top. With an 8000 sq ft facility centrally located in Little Rock, you can always find space to train, even when multiple classes are in session. You don't have to worry about rampant overcrowding affecting the quality of your progress here at Westside. Additionally, the weight area and lifting expertise from strength and condition coach Sean Ross allow you to maintain a first-rate weight training regime before or after class (removing the need for a weight lifting gym membership). The 24ft Cage and 20 ft Ring allow you to train your footwork and cage work at almost any time. We also have a climbing rope, multiple life-size floor dummies, a crash pad and the state's largest, most experienced staff, all for YOU, the clients and students of Westside MMA.
Want to learn more about the only gym in Central Arkansas that consistently produces top-level fighters? Call us or email us to set up an appointment today!