5 MMA Gyms to Check Out in Metro Phoenix

Power MMA & Fitness is one of the best mixed martial arts gyms in the Valley.
Power MMA & Fitness is one of the best mixed martial arts gyms in the Valley.
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With the UFC having made its first visit to Arizona last month, mixed martial arts is even more mainstream than ever before in the Valley. As it is, metro Phoenix is home to many of the nation's top mixed martial artists and several local MMA promotions.

Thanks largely in part to the longstanding dominance of ASU's wrestling program, Phoenix has been a hotbed for MMA fighters and gyms for quite some time, even before the UFC became a household name. Here are five of our favorite MMA gyms in the Valley.

See also: UFC Is Coming to US Airways Center

Arizona Combat Sports

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At one point not too long ago, Arizona Combat Sports may very well have been considered the premier MMA academy in the Valley. These days, it has more competition, but it's still one of the most experienced and viable MMA gyms in the Valley for both beginners and veterans alike. When you add in the fact that it's not far from ASU's campus in Tempe, there's a reason the gym has been around for so long despite lacking some of the staples of other premier gyms, such as high-level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing programs.

Fight Ready Fitness Center

For those living in the northeast Valley, there aren't a whole lot of choices for MMA gyms. Thankfully, Fight Ready is the type of gym where a beginner can take a cardio kickboxing class or a professional can train with UFC fighters including Frankie Saenz and former Olympian Henry Cejudo, so it can serve as the main gym for a wide variety of skill levels. Aside from the fighters who train there, Head MMA Coach Roland Silaraup and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor Heath Wigginton add top-notch experience from the coaching side of things.

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