Current News
  1. Andrew Mazziotti gets Decision Win
  2. Kris Barr wins 2nd fight with UGA
  3. Press Release
  4. U.G.A. International Licensing Program launches in May 2018
  5. Victory for the UGA’s final contest of 2017
  6. UGA's Heavyweight Preparing for War
  7. Tyson and Pete preparing for UGA International
  8. UGA International July 2017
  9. Another failed MMA dreamer
  10. Welcome Alex "First Blood" Rojas to the UGA International Fight Team
  11. CornBread and X-Rae win at GC BeatDown event
  12. Introducing - U.G.A. INTERNATIONAL athletic brand and apparel products
  13. U.G.A. fighters finish strong in 2016
  14. Welcome Mrs. Lisa, to UGA-TaeKwonDo
  15. U.G.A. Competitors go 3-0
  16. U.G.A. In search of new TKD Instructor
  17. August 6, 2016 TKD Promotions
  18. Jaime "MacAttack" Gonzalez wins Pro-Fight debut
  19. Marquis Johnson Wins his Pro-Fight Debut
  20. Freedom of Speech
  21. "Tall" Paul Karsky - The New GC Light Heavyweight Champion
  22. Welcome Back "Tall" Paul Karsky
  23. UGA's Lissette Neri is A 2 Division Champion!!
  24. Lissette / U.G.A. in Daily Press Article
  25. U.G.A. - 2014 Business Hall of Fame
  26. 5 UGA kids compete at N.A.G.A. San Diego
  27. Lissette "The Hammer" Neri - World Champion!
  28. Eric Smith wins his Pro-Debut
  29. Female Fighter of the Year Award
  30. Thursday 1-30 214 Title fight weigh in
  31. "The Hammer" gets her first Poster and a Title shot
  32. Lissette Neri goes 4-0 in MMA / 5 Victories in 2013
  33. Lissette wins her fight in Elko..She is now 3-0
  34. U.G.A. looking to Aquire Combat Grappling facility in Hesperia, CA. from Parent Corporation
  35. Lissette Neri wins 2nd fight in 2 weeks...Now 2-0
  36. Young Marines of the High Desert thank Coach, Tyson Johnson
  37. U.G.A. Winning in 2013 (Lissette Neri, Greg Sr - Greg Jr and Tomas Caban)
  38. May 11, 2013 N.A.G.A. Tournament
  39. Paul Zilius joins the UGA staff and teaches a Gi Jiu-Jitsu class Friday's @ 7pm
  40. 3 UGA Kids win at N.A.G.A. in Phoenix AZ.
  41. Coach Tyson to be Inducted: 2013 "Hall of Heroes"
  42. 2012 Best in Victorville Award
  43. Chloe Replogle Loses.. :-)
  44. The 2012 Year has come to an End
  45. UGA team goes 3-2 at the August 26th XARM 3 and Gladiator Challenge events
  46. UGA athletes complete X-ARM 3 Bootcamp
  47. UGA Athletes get ready for Gladiator Challenge and XArm August 26, 2012
  48. Jeremy Justice and Buck Acosta win in summer bash....UGA goes 2-1
  49. X-ARM Boot Camp weekend for Lissette & Buckley
  50. Nelson Alvarado & Jeremy Gice Win @ Gladiator Challenge April 29, 2012
  51. Brett Grafton wins N.A.G.A. Tournament Victory Sword
  52. 2 U.G.A. Fighters prepare for April 29th Gladiator Challenge
  53. U.G.A.'s Nick Vanderpool wins big in his pro-Fight debut to start the 2012 year off with a Bang!
  54. U.G.A. is the 2011 Gym of the Year / Tyson wins 2011 TKO of the Year Award
  55. Nick and Brad open 2012 UGA Fighting Year
  56. UGA goes 2-0 at the Gladiator Challenge "Seasons Beatings 3" Event @ Soboba
  57. Mia Camara Passed Away and is now Cancer Free.
  58. U.G.A. goes 2 - 1 at the Gladiator Challenge "Pro-Am Series 2"
  59. Max Kabir, Justin Berg, and Fred Williams Prepare for the Gladiator fights....
  60. U.G.A.'s Tyson & Chloe' Johnson win @ Gladiator Challenge Aug. 21, 2011
  61. Preparing for the Pro-Am series August 21, 2011
  62. Gladiator Challenge Results June 12, 2011
  63. In Loving Memory of Brenyn "IronHeart" Nickell.....UGA Champion forever! (Oct. 1992 - June 8, 2011)
  64. UGA's "FIT 4 LIFE" event - RUN OUT CHILD OBESITY @ Silverado High School on April 30, 2011
  65. The Loss of our teammate "BIG" MANNY
  66. Jeremy Butler KO's his opponent @ the April 22nd Gladiator Challenge
  67. 3 UGA Fighters are ready for war at the Gladiator Challenge
  68. Grappler of the Month
  69. Zuffa buys StrikeForce....owns and controls the main MMA world!
  70. Cobra Kai's Joe Stevenson vs Gil Castillo (A friend of the UGA) plus additional Updates
  71. 4 UGA Fighters Prepare for February 20th Gladiator Challenge
  72. UGA Fighters go 3-1 @ the Gladiator Challenge Fights
  73. Mighty Mia wins @ the Gladiator Challenge
  74. UFC 124 Great News and Results
  75. Fighting for her Dream
  76. Brief News from the UGA.....
  77. The Kraisingers Graduate from the UGA's R.S.D.T. Course
  78. U.G.A. / "STREETZ" Mini MMA Expo was a HUGE Success...If you missed it, You missed out...
  79. U.G.A. Kids at Grapplers Fest Oct. 2, 2010
  80. Oct.16th Mini MMA Expo
  81. Jeremy(s) Butler & Gice prepare to Fight!
  82. Tina Austin defeats a huge opponent and the UGA goes 1-2 at the G.C.
  83. Ryan "The Strangler" Spangler brings home 2 World Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Championships!
  84. U.G.A. goes 2-1 at the Gladiator Challenge 6/27/2010
  85. Just a few days away before Chloe', Heath, and Kjell fight at the Gladiator Challenge
  86. May 29, 2010 Tournament Results
  87. "The Cure" & "Da Legend" Return to the cage with winning on their minds!
  88. 1-2 for the UGA......Not a good fight day!
  89. NEW U.G.A. 2010 Edition Logo is out and is a BIG Hit with UGA Members!
  90. G.C. Article on "The IronMan"
  91. The Final 2 Weeks are here! It's almost fight Time for the UGA
  92. Buy your April Fight tickets Today! / Come Support the UGA Team! / Watch Chloe' make her MMA fight Debut!
  93. Tyson & Chloe' plus 3 other UGA Fighters will do Battle in the cage on Sunday April 25, 2010
  94. UGA's Female fighter " The ShotGun" wins her fight debut at the Soboba Casino
  95. Ryan "The Strangler" Spangler Dominates!
  96. 5 UGA Members hope to Fight at the Soboba Casino this Sunday Night Feb. 21st
  97. December 5, 2009 "Judo" Gene Lebell submission tournament
  98. November 8, 2009 Gladiator Challenge Soboba Casino
  99. Interview with Paul Karsky

Andrew Mazziotti gets Decision Win

Saturday June 1, 2019 - It’s been 2 years since talented MMA fighter Andrew Mazziotti has been in the cage, but this first day of June saw him do battle at the Soboba Sports Complex for the Gladiator Challenge. It was a tough fight as he worked out the cage rust and ended with a 2-1 round Split Decision victory. Mazzi keeps up the UGA’s winning record with the only 2 losses in the last 10 years coming from former competitors Marquis Johnson & Dante Harrell. Mazzi will be preparing for his next fight  and win on September 28th....Kris Barr plans to also be back in the cage soon. 

Kris Barr wins 2nd fight with UGA

Saturday August 11, 2018 - UGA fighter Kris Barr won his 2nd fight by TKO in 12 seconds of the 1st round at the Gladiator Challenge event held at Agua Caliente Casino Resort. Kris had 75 people in the stands to watch his very quick demolition of John Hanna that were very excited to witness his victory. Congratulations UGA team, family and supporters for all your hard work getting Kris prepared. 

Press Release

U.G.A. International Licensing Program launches in May 2018

The long awaited UGA International Inc. licensing program has finally launched as of May 2018. Founder Tyson Johnson along with his mentor and former Gold’s Gym Enterprises mogul, Pete Grymkowski have spent much time working to develop a licensing program opportunity along with Sports Products for Fitness Based Businesses. Now Tyson’s highly decorated / awarded, Universal Grappling Academy program can bring a massive increase in Service and Product sales to the large or small fitness based business or even an independent owner. With over 22 years of business experience and a Blueprint for success, UGA International is ready to take this incredible opportunity across the globe. UGA International has already started making a scene as they presented the official awards for the Tachi Palace Fights first “All Amateur” event “Prospects” on May 10, 2018. Black Diamond PR Firm says, “UGA International has all the makings of a billion dollar business” as they already  have them posted on their website and Tyson has previously met with 2  possibly interested Wall Street Billionaires earlier this year. Congratulations Tyson and UGA International for all your hard work, we look forward to seeing you grow across the globe. Join our licensing program and enjoy the International exposure as well as the massive profits that are possible with being an extended part of the Universal Grappling Academy. 

Check out UGA International  👈by clicking here, and see our exciting kids program under Facebook name Ugamma

Victory for the UGA’s final contest of 2017

Saturday December 16, 2017 - After the last 2 scrubs brought us the first losses in 7 years, the Universal Grappling Academy has found a hard working heavyweight in Kris Barr that is willing to put in the work and returned the UGA to its winning ways. The Agua Caliente Casino Resort played host to the Final Gladiator Challenge event of the 2017 year, which saw 20 MMA boughts, incluing 3 title fights. Kris who was (0-1) with his former camp found the UGA and Coach Tyson Johnson to help improve on his fight game. After a few months, they put his work in to action and took on Juan “Buddah” Rubio (1-0) of Cub Swanson’s Tru-MMA Team and got the K.O. Victory in 1:47 of the 1st round. Great job Kris and the UGA team, supporters, friends & family members. Cornering Kris was “Big” Ed Bas & Greg Martin.


UGA's Heavyweight Preparing for War

Kris Barr stands 6'5 and originally weighed in at 325lbs but after his time with the UGA team his weight has come down and muscle mass has gone up. He trains hard and is ready to go to war on December 16th, 2017 in the Gladiator Challenge event held at The Agua Caliente Casino. Kris fought once for KOTC a couple years ago and lost a fight that he should have won. But now, we are working to rebuild his fighting career career and take him to the big show. 

Tyson and Pete preparing for UGA International

Tyson Johnson and Pete Grymkowski of  are making waves on Social Media with the growing U.G.A. International brand future launch. A growing trend is seeing athletes and stars from all over the world wearing the UGA International brand athletic wear, such as UFC Bantamweight contender Joe Soto.

UGA International July 2017

U.G.A. International is getting closer to fruition.....Get ready to train with or in UGA International Brand!  

{Tyson Johnson & Peter Grymkowski} Pete Grymkowski is the man who successfully bought Gold's Gym in 1979 and turned it from a 1 room gym in to 30,000 sq ft facility. Pete then created the Gold's Gym International brand as you know it today with over 540 franchises. Pete sponsored the first 3 UFC events, he was the Mr. World & Mr. U.S.A. Bodybuilding Champion. Founder of Grymko International.




Another failed MMA dreamer

Just like a big dreaming, fast talking former (supposed football player), who falsely claims to have knocked out "Rampage" Jackson in practice while training for a fight, Dante Harrell came in to the UGA with the gift of gab. He and his girlfriend L. King played as though he was ready and willing to do what it takes to make it in the world of MMA. Unfortunately, when it came time to put their fast words of loyalty, commitment and dedication to the test, he failed miserably. He wasn't as tough as he played out to his friends and family, they couldn't handle the hard UGA practices, and he was just plain untrainable. Too many issues and too hard headed to accept the knowledge and experience that we attempted to instill upon him. A loud mouthed know it all that would rather blame the coach for being a business man instead of falling for all the ghetto scams that he tried to run on the team. He didn't show up to practice, he didn't listen to instruction, he didn't pay his membership or manager fees, he couldn't handle their teammates hard training practices and he can't win a fight. But he'll blame the coach and team for his lack of success by saying he didn't see eye to eye with coach when it was him that failed himself and the team. Lissette Neri was the last fighter we were glad to let go for bringing down the team. Her sick problem was being in love with and dating the local convicted child rapist (Umar Love) of Apple Valley, CA. It's a shame that you can take the person out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of the person as with these two. There are just some people we can't help and we can't let these people bring our team down. It's best that people like these just not come in and waste the time and good nature of coach Tyson and the UGA team. Good riddance to these two.  [ J.S. ]

Welcome Alex "First Blood" Rojas to the UGA International Fight Team

April 2017 We would like to welcome our newest 135lb (Bantamweight) contract fighter from Reedley, California Alex "First Blood" Rojas. With a current MMA record of 4-5 Alex is a veteran of the cage and is looking to turn his record around and dramatically increase his win ratio. Alex will have the opportunity to do just that as his first fight as a UGA International Fighter will be held at the Tachi Palace Fights 31 event on May 19th in Lemoore, CA. Since living and working in the Fresno area, Alex will not be having his training camp at the UGA based in Victorville, CA. First Blood is a strong family man with a supporting wife and 2 wonderful children. We look forward to watching the growth of this exciting fighter and his rise in the MMA world where Championships are in his future.

CornBread and X-Rae win at GC BeatDown event

Saturday March 25, 2017 - The Gladiator Challenge event saw the Return of CornBread in the Super Heavyweight division after a 5 year absence. It was a lopsided fight as CornBread  almost had a submission in the 1st round, but the time ran out. In rounds 2 and 3 Corn constantly pressed his opponent against the cage and pummeled him Until the final bell. Great job Corn we are so proud of you. X-Rae won his 1st fight in 1:26 of the first round, but this time it was 1:05 of the 3rd round before he earned a submission win. Good job, Rae and CornBread are now both 2 - 0 in the cage. 

Introducing - U.G.A. INTERNATIONAL athletic brand and apparel products

In February 2017 Tyson Johnson and the Universal Grappling Academy will unveil a new product line that will be unspecified to one particular gym or training center. This brand will be "Universal" and available with quality products/apparel  that can be bought and used by any training facility. Order custom products as well from the UGA International brand with your personal logo. The pictures shown are a cross breed between the current Universal Grappling Academy brand and the new UGA International brand. Pictures of the full UGA International brand to be coming soon. Products from both brands can be found at

U.G.A. fighters finish strong in 2016

Saturday December 17, 2016 - The U.G.A. fight team "Trained Hard & Finished Strong" as both Richard Holguin and Andrew Mazziotti won their debut MMA fights at the Gladiator Challenge event held at the Soboba Sports Complex. We are all very proud of these athletes who overcame obstacles in order to achieve their goals of fighting in the cage. Congratulations to them and their teammates who helped them in their journey. Thanks to Byrd and Matt V. for their great support and corner work. We are looking forward to 2017 when we have more fighters preparing to enter the cage. Great finish to the UGA team, family, friends and supporters. Thank you all for a good year! 

Welcome Mrs. Lisa, to UGA-TaeKwonDo

Friday September 30, 2016 The Universal Grappling Academy would like to welcome our new instructor, Mrs. Lisa to the UGA-TKD family. We are happy to have a 4th degree ITF trained instructor to help improve our program and assist in its growth. 

U.G.A. Competitors go 3-0

Saturday September 24, 2016 Three UGA competitors put their hard work and skills to work as all 3 helped increase the UGA's win ratio to 3-0. Caimbria we to the N.A.G.A. Tournament in San Diego, CA. and dominated the competition to bring home the Championship Sword. In MMA competition X-Rae Espinoza won his fight debut by TKO in 1:26 of the first round while Miguel Santos used all 3 rounds to earn a Unanimous decision for his fight debut. We are very proud of all the teammates as they continue to Train Hard & Finish Strong!


U.G.A. In search of new TKD Instructor

After a year of slow but consistant growth for the UGA-TKD program, Devan Hampton will be leaving the program to pursue his childhood dream of playing in a band. So the program has just 3 months to find a new committed instructor to help bring it to the next level.

August 6, 2016 TKD Promotions

On Saturday August 6, 2016 the UGA Tae-Kwon-Do program had it's 3rd Rank Promotion of this year. 6 students were promoted after yesterday's testing. Both Tyson and Cheryl took 3 tests to advance to the rank of  Orange Belt 1 Stripe. Congratulations to all of our hard working students.

Jaime "MacAttack" Gonzalez wins Pro-Fight debut

On Saturday April 16, 2016.... after years of hard work and dedication, Jaime "MacAttack" Gonzalez (1-0) finally made his fight debut in the Gladiator Challenge event held in the Soboba Sports Complex. Jaime lost over 50lbs bringing his weight down to 263lbs and fought through a sternum injury to claim victory in 1:50 of the 2nd round by way of Verbal Submission. Congratulations to Jaime, we are proud of you and glad you have finally reached your goal. Train hard and heal up my friend and let's go get win #2.

Marquis Johnson Wins his Pro-Fight Debut

October 17, 2015 - 34 year old Marquis "The Beast" Johnson from the UGA made his MMA Pro-Fight debut at the Soboba Sports Complex in San Jacinto, CA. for the Gladiator Challenge. When the bell rang and his opponent came charging after Marquis with wild swings from both hands, and in just  12 seconds of the first round, "The Beast" was released and had finished his opponent with a devastating tko victory over his opponent. Thanks goes out to the UGA team, his cornermen (Byrd, Judd and Danny), his family and friends as well as his sponsors and supporters. Great job Marquis who will now prepare for his next fight at the Aqua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs on November 28, 2015 against Freddy Manzo who also won his fight this evening.

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws. The freedom of speech is not absolute; the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized several categories of speech that are excluded from the freedom, and it has recognized that governments may enact reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions on speech.


Criticism of the government and advocacy of unpopular ideas that people may find distasteful or against public policy are almost always permitted. There are exceptions to these general protections, including the Miller test for obscenity, child pornography laws, speech that incites imminent lawless action, and regulation of commercial speech such as advertising. Within these limited areas, other limitations on free speech balance rights to free speech and other rights, such as rights for authors over their works (copyright), protection from imminent or potential violence against particular persons (restrictions on fighting words), or the use of untruths to harm others (slander). Distinctions are often made between speech and other acts which may have symbolic significance.


Despite the exceptions, the legal protections of the First Amendment are some of the broadest of any industrialized nation, and remain a critical, and occasionally controversial, component of American jurisprudence.

"Tall" Paul Karsky - The New GC Light Heavyweight Champion

On April 11, 2015 "Tall" Paul Karsky of the Universal Grappling Academy finally achieved his lif long goal of winning a Championship Title. After only 29 seconds in the first round Paul submitted his opponent via armbar and Became the GC Light Heavyweight Champion. We are so proud of him for all of his hard work and efforts. Thanks for representing the UGA and bringing us home a Championship that we can be proud of.

Welcome Back "Tall" Paul Karsky

After a couple years of absense, "Tall" Paul Karsky who has been with the UGA since he was 12 years old has returned and plans on retiring his long MMA career out of here. Paul recently fought and won his fight for the UGA on February 28, 2015 via first round Armbar. Welcome Back Paul Karsky!!!

UGA's Lissette Neri is A 2 Division Champion!!

July 19, 2014 - Lissette Neri of the Universal Grappling Academy who is the current Gladiator Challenge Women's 155lb Champion was crowned the new 145lb Champion at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort and Spa located in Palm Desert, California. Thanks to her teammates, family and friends for their support as well as her new top sponsor: Aims Insurance Services. Lissette  was the First and Only female MMA Champion in the High Desert area and now has A Title in 2 different weight classes!

Lissette / U.G.A. in Daily Press Article

Hesperia's Neri is quickly making mark in MMA

May 5, 2014  VICTORVILLE • Lissette Neri has always been a fighter.
“I did get into fights when I was a kid because of my mouth. It got me into some trouble,” Neri said. “I was in kindergarten and I got suspended because some boy was picking on my sister. I told him, ‘Come here, I have to tell you a secret’ and I bit half of his ear off.
“Don’t be mean to my friends and family. I hate bullies. If you’re mean to me, I’m definitely going to come after you. I was always feisty.”
Neri, 26, was involved in boxing and tae kwon do as a child, but moved away from the fighting sports as she grew up in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. She moved to Hesperia in 2004.
Neri didn’t get back into a ring until her mid-20s.
Prior to her first mixed martial arts match in September of 2013, Neri had ballooned to well over 200 pounds. She got into MMA as a way to lose weight, and within sixth months had won a world title.
Losing the weight was expected, but to be crowned the Gladiator Challenge lightweight champion after having fought just five times wasn’t in her game plan. Neri expected to have a few losses on her record. Instead she’s carrying around a world title belt.
“When I was a kid and doing tae kwon do, I always entered tournaments,” Neri said. “As an adult there aren’t really Mixed Martial Art tournaments. It’s a fight. That was kind of the next step for me. As soon as I had my first fight, I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to keep doing it.”
Neri’s road to becoming a champion had a lot of twists and turns, with the first fork being motherhood.
Neri had a son, Richard, when she was 22. That turned her into a woman she didn’t recognize.
“From staying home and taking care of him, I just blew up,” Neri said. “I gained a lot of weight. I was 215 pounds and I started to try and get back into the gym.”
When Neri made her decision to start shedding pounds, she lacked motivation. Her first foray to the gym didn’t work out. Then, through a friend, she was introduced to Tyson Johnson in 2011 and her life completely changed.
Johnson founded Universal Grappling Academy in Victorville and has an extensive resume in mixed martial arts. He’s been inducted in the United States martial arts hall of fame, has the longest running gym in the High Desert and his gym has won multiple awards. He’s also a long-time ring announcer. 
“When she came to the gym I thought she was just going to be another member. I wasn’t sure how long she was going to last,” Johnson said. “Everything that we were doing, even though she couldn’t do a lot of it at first — she struggled — but with perseverance and determination, she really came through. She started losing weight and getting in better shape. I was half way surprised, but I like to see that. I like to see people overcome and improve themselves.”
Soon Neri found herself in the octagon and her love for mixing it up had returned.
“Initially it was to lose the weight, but then I just fell back in love with fighting,” Neri said. “I always loved to fight, so it kept me coming every day. That’s what kept me motivated. I enjoyed every bit (of the training) even when it’s tough.
“Soon after, I just went pro. It came natural. It’s about challenging myself. That’s what the fights are all about.”
By the time she began her pro career, Neri had dropped 60 pounds and was fighting at 155 pounds. She already knew how box, but that isn’t enough to be a good MMA fighter. So Neri added jujitsu and wrestling to her repertoire.
“Getting hit doesn’t faze me, not even a little bit,” Neri said. “I’ve always been tough. It doesn’t bother me. Every time I do get hit, it’s like a wake-up call. It’s like, you’re losing, you need to start winning.”
Neri has fought five times and is undefeated at 5-0. She won her first two bouts via first-round technical knockout in a two-week span in September. Her next fight came in December and it went the distance with her winning a three-round majority decision. Neri fought one more time in December, just after Christmas, and won again via knockout in the first round.
Then came her title fight in February. It was for the Gladiator Challenge lightweight title. She went the distance and after three rounds of fighting, Neri won via unanimous decision and was the new lightweight champion.
“I knew she was going to be something special,” said Johnson, who is also an author and has his own website, “She really worked hard to get there and that’s what I’m most proud of — all the hard work that she put into it. I’m glad the gym was the one to help her get there. We did what we had to do to get her into shape and to win.”
Neri said she won’t forget that February night at Soboba Casino in Hemet. But for her, the win and the title aren’t about fame and fortune. They’re about accomplishing something she didn’t think was possible.
Her story has been told in a documentary, “Lissette Neri: A True Champion’s Story.” It can be found on YouTube as well as and
Neri said her success has come so fast, but she’s enjoying all of it. Especially the fact that her 3-year-old son Richard has been with her the whole way. Neri and Richard’s father are no longer together, but the mother-son dynamic is there every day.
“Luckily, my son likes (MMA) too,” Neri said. “It cool to see him out there at such a young age because I was a little kid when I started. He comes to the gym with me and he loves it. He’s so smart. When we’re watching fights and there’s women in the cage, he’s like ‘Hey that’s like momma.’ He knows. I’ve never taken him to one of my fights. I couldn’t handle that. But he always watches them after.”
After five quick fights to start her pro career, Neri isn’t scheduled to fight again until July. She has taken a break in order to lose even more weight.
Johnson said the goal is for Neri, who is 5-foot-2, to fight at 135 pounds.
“It’s taking the next step,” Johnson said. “At 155, she’s fighting girls as big or bigger than me sometimes. She’s fighting some of these girls who aren’t making weight and she shouldn’t have to fight them at all. ... She gets down to 135, she’ll have normal size girls to fight. (Lissette) hits hard. She’s fast and she’s tough — she can take a punch. I think at that class, she’ll really dominate.”
Both Neri and Johnson said they’re trying not to rush it. Johnson said he wants Neri to weigh about 145 pounds for the July bout, then eventually have her lose another 10 pounds.
Neri said if she’s to get noticed by one of the bigger promotions like Bellator, Invicta FC or the Ultimate Fighting Championship, then she must fight at a lower weight.
“I’ve already gotten some really good feedback and one of the promotions told me that they were looking into me but they don’t have a 155-pound class so I have to drop,” Neri said. “If I want to get into the big promotions, the bottom line is I have to drop weight. I think I can definitely make it.”
At this point, Neri said she’s motivated by the fight itself and trying to make enough money to allow her to dabble in her other interests. She’s become a personal trainer, has a dog grooming business and teaches an after-school program called “THINK Together” for the Victor Elementary School District.
“I would be so excited (if I got the call),” Neri said. “As far as the glory of it, I don’t care about that. I love to fight. I love the sport, but I can’t say that I’d want to make this my career — not for life. It’s hard on the body. But I’d like to do it as long as I feel healthy and my body feels good.
“(My son) is the most important thing. That’s one of the reasons I’m trying to get my own businesses started because I would love it if I can spend my day with him. Relationships are nice, but my kid, he makes me so happy. My goal is to support him but be with him too.”


U.G.A. - 2014 Business Hall of Fame

~~Press Release

Universal Grappling Academy Receives 2014 "Business HALL OF FAME" Induction

Victorville Award Program Honors the Achievement

VICTORVILLE April 24, 2014 -- Universal Grappling Academy has been selected for the 2014 Best of Victorville Award for Mixed Martial Arts & Sports Conditioning by the Victorville Award Program and has won this award 3 consecutive times, making the U.G.A. one of the few and only businesses in the entire High Desert area to achieve this goal and honor.

Welcome to the Victorville Business Hall of Fame! Universal Grappling Academy is among a very small group of companies that have won the Best of Victorville Award in consecutive years. This distinction has qualified Universal Grappling Academy for the 2014 Victorville Business Hall of Fame. To commemorate the U.G.A.'s inclusion in this elite group an exclusive Hall of Fame Award, available only to Hall of Fame inductees, has been issued.

Each year, the Victorville Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Victorville area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Victorville Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Victorville Award Program, the High Desert community votes and data provided by third parties.

About Victorville Award Program: The Victorville Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Victorville area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Victorville Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations the High Desert community and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Victorville Award Program

5 UGA kids compete at N.A.G.A. San Diego

March 29, 2014 - The N.A.G.A. tournament saw 5 UGA kids compete and win today in San Diego. Katrina Abeyta took 1st place in her first tournament by beating a top student from Cobra Kai in the finals. Ernesto Cornejo finally took 1st place after a 3rd and two 2nd places in past tournaments, we are proud of him. Caimbria, Chase and Logan all took 2nd place medals, they will all work  too improve in their next tournament. It was great to see Logan beat former teammate and now Mafra jiu-jitsu member Danny Rico.

Lissette "The Hammer" Neri - World Champion!

Saturday February 1, 2014 - With 2 fractures and an opponent who weighed 20lbs more than she did come fight day, Lissette "The Hammer" Neri fought a smart fight with the tools that she had left and beat the formally undefeated (3-0) Tierra "The Tank" Arnold now (3-1) by unanimous decision after three 5 minute rounds. Lissette is now the Gladiator Challenge 155lb Woman's World Champion. The very first and only woman's MMA Champion in the entire High Desert area. The Universal Grappling Academy is very proud of Lissette with all her hard work and the efforts she put in to achieving her goals. Thank you teammates, friends, family, fans, supporters, and sponsors - (RAS Appliances & HVAC, S&M Designs, Raigns Electric and Impact Signs). Too everybody, including all her haters and those who said she could never do it......Lissette "The Hammer" Neri is our new Champion!

Eric Smith wins his Pro-Debut

Saturday February 1, 2014 Eric Smith made his long awaited pro-debut at 185lbs in the Gladiator Challenge "Uprising" event. His opponent was changed multiple times and then was matched up with 200+lbs of the well trained Kevin Merrill after being told his opponent was only a street fighter by promoters. That didn't matter because after only 1:28 in the first round, Eric had choke the musclebound opponent out. Great first fight Eric, we look forward too seeing more from you in the future.

Female Fighter of the Year Award

Friday January 31, 2014 - On the eve of her first title opportunity, Lissette "The Hammer" Neri was in Fresno, California for the Cali Fights MMA Awards. It was here that she was nominated for 2 awards and left as the 2014 Female Fighter of the Year! We want to congratulate Lissette for all of her hard work and efforts. All her MMA dreams are coming true as she continues too pursue her goals and defy those idiots who doubted her. What can those morons say now?....Nothing! She works hard and fights hard earning a 4-0 record along with this well deserved award. Great job Lissette.

Thursday 1-30 214 Title fight weigh in

It was supossed to be a 155lb bout but a special weight stipulation was made that gave both ladies a 5lb allowance. Lissette "The Hammer" Neri showed complete professionalism as she worked hard to make weight at 157lbs, but was met with a less than professional opponent in Tierra Arnold who came in at 165lbs. The promotional match-maker didn't seem suprised or bothered with the missed weigh but coach Tyson Johnson was! Lissette Neri didn't want too lose the title opportunity and stepped up like a true warrior saying she will still fight with no penalties for her opponent. So is on this Saturday February 1, 2014..

"The Hammer" gets her first Poster and a Title shot

On February 1, 2014 Lissette "The Hammer" Neri will get her first title shot as the Gladiator Challenge Women's Lightweight title is up for grabs! She is now headlined on her first poster and is very excited to be in the lime-light and as a main event on the February card vs a very tough and also undefeated Tierra Arnold. Also on the card is UGA teammate Eric Smith as he makes his MMA debut against Donald Palmer who has been in the cage a few times already.

Lissette Neri goes 4-0 in MMA / 5 Victories in 2013

Saturday December 28, 2013 - Lissette Neri wins her 4th Pro MMA fight at the Soboba Sports Complex in San Jacinto, CA. in 1:30 of the first round by TKO. Ending the year on a high note is always a great way to start a new year as we will with the U.G.A.'s Lissette "The Hammer" Neri as she had an incredible 2013 by winning the women's division at N.A.G.A. and then rolling off 4 straight MMA wins in a 3 month period. Now sponsored by Temecula, California's own NIMMO Construction, Lissette plans on working hard to drop 2 weight classes and prepare to do battle in 2014. We are very proud of her hard work, dedication to her team and accomplishments this year, we are so very proud.

Lissette wins her fight in Elko..She is now 3-0

December 7, 2013 Lissette Neri had to work through a difficult weight cut as well as the flu to get to this fight in Elko, Nevada to face a very tough Vanessa Morales. Vanessa won the first round with some tough strikes and a take down, however for the next 2 rounds Lissette reached deep inside and took the fight too her opponent with a fluy of punches and kicks giving her the Majority decision. Lissette is now 3-0 in her professional MMA career. Special thanks to her teammate Eric Smith for his help in her training and corner.

U.G.A. looking to Aquire Combat Grappling facility in Hesperia, CA. from Parent Corporation

   November 4, 2013  After the re-opening of the historic Combat Grappling program, parent corporation "Global Sports and Fitness Inc.) who also has a 25% claim in the UGA is ready to call it quits with the 2000 sq ft facility located in Hesperia,CA. due to poor membership sign ups. Ilene Smith of Global Sports Inc. Corporate Offices said "you can't run a successful program with no money. So maybe it's time to move on....No Memberships, No Money, No Program!"

   The early word from the local rumor mill was that CG was owned by Tyson Johnson of the UGA but they were wrong at that point, he was just the facilitator between the Corporation and the current Manager Paul Zilius. However, Tyson Johnson is said to be making the moves to aquire the failing program with hopes to keep it afloat and possibly help it to become one of the most successful programs in the High Desert along side the UGA.

   When asked about the details of the possible sale of Combat Grappling (which has been seen on Craigs List and other sites for only and around $20,000) Tyson Johnson said he had no details and that in time he will see if the long standing program is worth trying to save. It's a good deal and it would be a shame to let all that mat and equipment and the decent set up go for a steal of a deal. I would rather see a great program grow with the Combat Grappling name.



Lissette Neri wins 2nd fight in 2 weeks...Now 2-0

Saturday September 21, 2013 The U.G.A.'s Lissette Neri who just won her first Pro MMA bout 2 weeks ago in Elko, Nevada has done it again as she dispatched another Hammer style beatdown on her opponent in less time that the first. It took just 1:15 into the first round for Lissette "The Hammer" Neri to tko he opponent during the Gladiator Challenge fights held at the Santa Ysabel Casino near Temecula CA. A good team of support from the UGA were there to assist her and then celebrate her victory. Once again, we are all very proud of  her progress!

Young Marines of the High Desert thank Coach, Tyson Johnson
Carlos Proanoposted toVictor Valley News  /  September 14, 2013
The High Desert Young Marines received a treat today as former MMA fighter Tyson “Iron Man” Johnson volunteered his time and taught the Young Marines and Young Marine Recruits some basic self defense techniques. The two hour course included basic grappling, neutralizing techniques, and how to take advantage of human psychology during a fight. Johnson was very careful to not only teach techniques but also to highlight the importance of not being an aggressor or bully.

Tyson Johnson runs the Universal Grappling Academy located at 15370 Cholame Rd. #6 in

A big thank you to Mr. Tyson Johnson from the High Desert Young Marines!

U.G.A. Winning in 2013 (Lissette Neri, Greg Sr - Greg Jr and Tomas Caban)

I am very proud announce our UGA winners of this weekend's (9/7/2013) competitions:

1) In her first pro MMA bout Lissette Neri wins in 2:10 of the first round by tko.
2) Greg Martin Jr. took 1st Place at N.A.G.A. (Las Vegas).
3) Greg Martin Sr. took 2nd place in his first ever tournament N.A.G.A. (Las Vegas).
4) Tomas Caban took 2nd place at N.A.G.A. (Las Vegas)

I would like to thank them all for their loyalty to the team, their hard work / efforts and for their commitment to improving their lives. They "Train Hard & Finish Strong" so, this is the result.

May 11, 2013 N.A.G.A. Tournament

The U.G.A. crew of 10 went to San Diego and competed in the N.A.G.A. Tournament . 10 competitors went and we won 4 1st place, 5 2nd place, with 1 3rd place awards. Great job UGA competitors and thank you team supporters! The 1st place winners were: Lissette, Danny, Deanna, and James.

Paul Zilius joins the UGA staff and teaches a Gi Jiu-Jitsu class Friday's @ 7pm

   On March 18, 2013 Paul Zilius officially joined the UGA staff as Second Instructor for both the Kids and Adult classes. Paul will also teach a Friday night Gi Jiu-Jitsu class from 7pm until 9pm starting in late April or early may of 2013.

   Paul Zilius has been around the MMA and fight world for 13+ years as a fighter and promoter. Paul worked as the match maker for the Gladiator Challenge for many years and also fought for the same organization. Paul has worked as Coach for the MMA-1 and Cobra Kai teams located in the High Desert area. Paul is a Black Belt in Judo under Tedd Williams who is one of the only Black Belts under the legendary "Judo" Gene LeBell, he also holds a Brown Belt in Jiu-Jitsu under the Combat Grappling banner.

3 UGA Kids win at N.A.G.A. in Phoenix AZ.

Saturday March 2, 2013 : Congratulations: to the UGA's kids who went to the N.A.G.A. grappling tournament in Phoenix AZ. and did so very well representing the UGA. We are extremely proud of their hard work and dedication of our team. Danny (2 First Place and 1 Second Place), Amy ( 2 First Place), Ernesto (1 Second Place).

Coach Tyson to be Inducted: 2013 "Hall of Heroes"

2/17/2013 After being inducted in to the 2008 U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Coach Tyson Johnson continued his dedication, contributions and daily devotion to the Martial Arts community. Tyson has now been voted and accepted to be inducted in to the 2013 "Hall of Heroes".  Others who have been inducted into the "Hall of Heroes": Bruce Lee, Frank Dux, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, Ed Parker, Cung Le and many more.Despite his personal battles this year the coach has continued to sacrifice, support and promote many young athletes who work hard on their martial arts training and future goals.Congratulations to Coach Tyson Johnson for his prestigeous and well deserved induction.

2012 Best in Victorville Award

Press Release


Universal Grappling Academy Receives 2012 Best of Victorville Award

Victorville Award Program Honors the Achievement

VICTORVILLE December 14, 2012 -- Universal Grappling Academy has been selected for the 2012 Best of Victorville Award in the Mixed Martial Arts & Sports Conditioning category by the Victorville Award Program.

Each year, the Victorville Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Victorville area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Victorville Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Victorville Award Program and data provided by third parties.

yesCongratulations belongs to those loyal members who continue to make the UGA the #1 place to train and achieve your goals! Thank you all for your dedication and committment to the UGA team, you are truely appreciated.

MARCH 2013 UPDATE: Now that we know that the HDMMA awards can be bought, we will wait until  next year to find out how much that shit hole Tattoo Image of Victorville paid to buy us out of winning another Gym of the Year Award. Sad, but we have always been and will be the best program in the HD. I guess Politics weren't kept out of as usual.

Chloe Replogle Loses.. :-)

On Saturday, March 2nd 2013 there were several major MMA events going on around the world.  I had the displeasure of seeing this small and corrupt  organization called King of the Cage “Future Legends 13” event at the Eastside Cannery Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

The first fight was the one and only female fight of the evening between Professional Fighter,Chloe Replogle (2-1) of Team Whitebelt and Total Training Center in Apple Valley, CA vs. Amateur Fighter, Vikki Marlow of Victory MMA in San Diego, CA at 125lbs.  These two fighters wasted no time and quickly clinched up.  Marlow scored an easy takedown and Replogle attempted a  sloppy triangle from the bottom, but was unsuccessful.  Marlow tried to work some ground & pound from side control, but is tied up pretty well as Chloe held on for her life.  With only 20 seconds left in the round, Marlow secured a full mount position and landed a couple of shots just before the round ends which saved Chloe from getting her face destroyed!

The second round is a repeat of the first, minus the weak triangle attempt.  A quick clinch followed by a takedown and then ground & pound.  However, this time, more strikes are getting through and Marlow gets the mount position sooner and lands strikes that break the large nose of the weaker fighter (Replogle).  At just 1:55 in the 2nd round the ref mercifully stopped the fight and Marlow wins by TKO as expected!

Marlow had an easy but impressive win and may be a future legend, Chloe Replogle however should hang up her hoochie shorts and bad attitude to find a new career as she will not be a future legend in this sport.

The 2012 Year has come to an End

During the past 2 years many tragedies have hindered the growth of the U.G.A.. From the 3 deaths of teammmates in 2011 to the multiple divorces and team changes that happened in 2012 including the unexpected fall of the CloJo marriage. The financial troubles in the local communities as well as the nation have also forced a slow down in the potential increases we were looking to make this year. As the UGA held its own in some areas it was the staggering lack of committed and loyal members that kept the gym from reaching its fiscal goals.We have once again had a positive fight record winning most of our matches with only a few falling short of glory during the year. However with the 2013 year coming in we look forward to the positive changes that will be made and  the development of many new athletes. We hope to find the right teammates with loyal and positive attitudes that can aid in  the growth of the team for years to come. We hope to reach in to new directions and create new programs that will improve the learning abilities of our children's program as well as the adult fight team. We look forward to moving toward a stronger and more exciting U.G.A. in the New 2013 year. 

UGA team goes 3-2 at the August 26th XARM 3 and Gladiator Challenge events

     August 26, 2012 The UGA team set out to go 5-0 this weekend but fell short by 2 with the help of some issues. We can start with XARM 3 which saw Buck Acosta fight a big and tough Alofa Laupua. There were many huge shots thrown and taken by the 2 Heavyweights but in the end it was the UGA's Buck who finished strong with a TKO victory. Chloe' Johnson who weighed in at 118 lbs for her 125 lb bout, took on New Mexico's Crystal Gehrmann in the first XARM Featherweight match. It was a back and forth battle for 3 rounds but Chloe' put out enough effort and strikes for the judges to award her the decision victory. It was a good fight, the 2 athletes hugged and showed great sportsmanship after the bout. Lissette Neri worked her tail off to make weight at 157 lbs for her 160 lb bout, but as usual there was controversey at the weigh ins with ghetto trash Jennifer Lee and her weight, then on the fight day the table was adjusted for Jennifer and not for Lissette and her 5'2 frame, the cheating Lee threw 2 illegal head butts which broke Lissettes nose and made it hard for her to see Jennifer who should have been disqualified, but wasn't !. Lee had every advantage and Lissette had none, but still like the UGA warrior she is, she finished the bout and lost to a close split yet stupid decision.

     As for the Gladiator Challenge, first up was "The IronMan" Tyson Johnson who fought Doug Trotter who put up a fight for 1:55 seconds of the first round before tapping out to an Armbar by Tyson from the side mount position. Next up we saw 167 lb stud Nick Vanderpool who was caught off guard by a 190 lb opponent who said that he was told it was a catch weight bout. Nick could have won the fight but seemed a bit off his mark and lost by TKO in the second round. We are very proud of all the UGA athletes who were professional and for their committment to their team. Special Thanks to our friends, family, team, supporters, and sponsors: Tattoo Image, Impact Signs, Performance Powder Coating, Raines Electric, and Aims Insurance.  

UGA athletes complete X-ARM 3 Bootcamp

July 13, 14, & 15th were 3 tough days that saw 3 UGA athletes train for their August 26, 2012 bouts in the X-ARM even @ the Soboba Casino. Tyson Johnson was part of the coaching staff and panel as Chloe' Johnson, Lissette Neri, and Buck Acosta along with teammate and supporter Stacie Mc Combs went through 3 days of X-ARM techniques that involved, fighter evaluations, striking, grappling, and arm wrestling. Conditioning was also a big part of the program and the UGA team stood out among many pro athletes. We look forward to watching their fights in August and want to thank our teammates who came out to support our athletes: Suzy, Ruth, Scott & his family, along with Rip. Also on the August card in the Gladiator Challenge event MMA fights are Tyson Johnson and Nick Vanderpool. 

UGA Athletes get ready for Gladiator Challenge and XArm August 26, 2012

Tyson Johnson (170 lbs), Nick Vanderpool (170 lbs), and Nelson Alvarado (185 lbs) will be fighting in the Gladiator Challenge MMA event while Chloe' Johnson, Lissette Neri, and Buck Acosta will do battle in the X-Arm 3 event earlier in the day on Sunday August 26, 2012. get your tickets from the UGA today for this Huge event coming to the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. Tickets are at a low cost of only $40 for general admission and allows you to see both Extreme events live. Front row is only $100 for those interested. Get your seat and come have a great time with the UGA and its team. (760) 241-1899

Jeremy Justice and Buck Acosta win in summer bash....UGA goes 2-1

   On Sunday August 24, 2012 The UGA's Buck Acosta did battle and won his fight against "The Vanilla Gorilla" Aaron Sawyers in the X-Arm 2 event held at the Soboba Casino. It was an exciting 12 bouts that saw tough athletes lock up to the X-Arm table and get strapped to eachother for a possible 3 minute war.

   Later in the afternoon the Gladiator Challenge held its event just a few yards away and saw some of the X-Arm athletes who competed earlier also do battle in the cage. There were 25 MMA fights thats saw 2 UGA fighters Jeremy Justice (1-0) and Fred Williams (1-1) fight in the cage. Justice made his fight debut against UFC fight gym, Riverside athlete Mike Medina and took just 14 seconds to complete his first fight victory with a hard ground and pound TKO stoppage. Fred had a tough fight against Mike Smith and could have won this fight after 2 rounds of action but the referee stopped the bout due to verbal tap-out from Fred before the 3rd round, and with that comes a major setback for Freds dream. 

   So the UGA goes 2-1 for the day and along with the excitment of the X-Arm event and the Gladiator Challenge we also saw X-Arm athlete and UGA fighter Lissette Neri sing the National Anthem in beautiful fashion.


X-ARM Boot Camp weekend for Lissette & Buckley

The weekend of May 18, 19, & 20th was packed with info and action as the UGA's Lissette Neri and Buckley Acosta went to Boot Camp for the newest tough-person sport to enter the arena, it's called XARM! Lissette and Buck spent 3 hard days working out, learning the techniques and moves that can help them win, and of course sparring with some of their possible opponents. The UGA team showed strong support as teammates Chloe' Johnson, Stacie McCombs, and Suzy Angel spent the entire weekend with Lissette and Buck while trained right aolng side them to ensure their comfort and helping with all XARM moves and possibilities. XARM executives even asked if we could get all of our UGA girls in the competition because they look great and train hard, but that may have to be a future possibility. Congratulations to Lissette and Buck for making it through 3 tough days and helping to make XARM the next BIG thing. Thanks again for our team support and dedication.

(in this photo) Lissette Neri and Buck Acosta with UFC and XARM creator - Mr. Art Davie

Nelson Alvarado & Jeremy Gice Win @ Gladiator Challenge April 29, 2012

It was a great day for the UGA as their 2 warriors Nelson Alvarado and Jeremy Gice earned their first pro-fight wins inside the cage at the Gladiator Challenge event "Star Wars" which was held at the Soboba Casino. Jeremy Gice came up first and it only took 10 seconds for him to demolish his opponent and beat the now past 12 second record held by UGA fighter Jeremy Butler. Nelson Alvarado who fought twice at 205 lbs is now at 185 lbs and you could see the dramatic improvements in his skills as he dominated his opponent from the opening bell and getting his win in the first round by way of tap-out. We are extremly proud of both fighters who worked very hard and deserved their victories. We appreciate and thank all the UGA supporters and teammates who came to the event.

Brett Grafton wins N.A.G.A. Tournament Victory Sword

It was Saturday, March 10, 2012 when a young UGA team member Brett Grafton traveled to Las Vegas , Nevada and took on some of the best grapplers on the West Coast in the largest grappling tournament in the country (N.A.G.A.). Teammate and friend, Josue Tapia coached him the entire day and in the end, there was only one kid standing in the first place position with the Victory Sword and his name is Brett Grafton from the Universal Grappling Academy. We are very proud of Brett for his hard work and dedication to his team and was awarded with the UGA Competition award while his sword is displayed at the UGA facility.

2 U.G.A. Fighters prepare for April 29th Gladiator Challenge

On Sunday, April 29th two UGA fighters will showcase their fighting skills in the cage at the Soboba Casino for the Spring Gladiator Challenge event named "Star Wars". Along with former UFC veterans James Irvin and Scott Smith will be Nelson Alvarado who is dropping a weight class and will be making his Middleweight (185 lb) debut for his third trip into the steel arena. After a year off from the UGA for College and injury healing we will see the return of 135 lb athlete and future star Jeremy Gice. With slick hands and a good wrestling backround, this will be Jeremy's second time entering the cage and is also looking for an exciting victory. "The IronMan" Tyson Johnson will host the show as usual and says this should be a great show filled with exciting bouts, but the best will come from the UGA fighters. Get your tickets from us at the UGA today to enjoy this awesome card of MMA action.

U.G.A.'s Nick Vanderpool wins big in his pro-Fight debut to start the 2012 year off with a Bang!

The long awaited Pro-Fight debut of the UGA's 170lb stud Nick Vanderpool came on Sunday February 26, 2012 at the Soboba Casino in the Gladiator Challenge. It only took 36 seconds for Nick to force his 7 fight experienced opponent to tap due to strikes. Nick Trained hard and Finished strong in his first fight as expected since he sacrificed so much time from his family and did what was needed to prepare for this battle. Brad Arringdale lost his bout in 7 seconds due to the worst referee call ever when Raul Porrata stopped the bout after Brad took a kick to the armpit and fell backwards. The entire crowd voiced their disapproval at his stupid call. We are very proud of our fighters efforts and look forward to their return to the cage.

U.G.A. is the 2011 Gym of the Year / Tyson wins 2011 TKO of the Year Award

The annual 2011 High Desert MMA Awards have finished their votes and with the many 1000's of votes and by an overwhelming number of those votes being for the Universal Grappling Academy, we have won the Main Award as the 2011 GYM of the YEAR. Tyson Johnson also won the TKO of the YEAR award as well.

Congratulations to the entire Universal Grappling Academy Team for all their hard work and for making the U.G.A. such a great place to train. Our gym has been voted in as the 2011 Gym of the Year by the High Desert MMA Awards. There are many decent gyms here in the HD, but we are #1.. Thank you all who supported the U.G.A. in this great victory! Coach Tyson Johnson aka "The IronMan" was also voted in as TKO of the Year! Congratulations Team and thanks to you all who voted. 

Nick and Brad open 2012 UGA Fighting Year

In February of 2012 two U.G.A. Fighters will open the New Year... Nick Vanderpool will make his long awaited MMA Pro-Debut At the Gladiator Challenge fights to be held at the Soboba Casino. On that same show "Bad" Brad Arringdale is set to return to action after his exciting 1:21 first round submission debut on December 4, 2011. 

UGA goes 2-0 at the Gladiator Challenge "Seasons Beatings 3" Event @ Soboba

December 4, 2011 Jeff Jones (aka Cornbread) and Brad Arringdale made their Pro-Fight debut at the Soboba Casino for the Gladiator Challenge "Seasons Beatings 3" event. Brad won his bout in 1:21 of the first round by way of a standing rear naked choke, Jeff rushed in on his opponent and in 18 seconds of the first round had him tapping out due to a guillotine choke. Both U.G.A. athletes are now 1-0 in their MMA careers. We are very proud of both fighters and thankful to their teammates and supporters. This was a great way to finish the end of the competition year here at the Soboba Casino.

Mia Camara Passed Away and is now Cancer Free.

OCTOBER 23, 2011   Friends and Family

Just a couple of hours ago Chloe' and I went to see our Inspirational "Mighty" Mia Camara at her house. She had lost most of her motor skills. We presented her with her UGA HALL of FAME Award that you can see on our website. It's been about 2 hours and our Beloved Teammate and Friend has passed on. We love Mia and she has been a GREAT part of our team and lives. May she rest in peace as she is now CANCER FREE! 

U.G.A. goes 2 - 1 at the Gladiator Challenge "Pro-Am Series 2"

3 U.G.A. Fighters made their fight debuts this Sunday evening at the Soboba Casino. Aims Insurance President, Max Kabir had a brief striking scramble and then an exciting 45 second Rear Naked Choke win in the first round over former KOTC fighter Kasey Roberts. Fred Williams came out strong and kept the pressure on and never let go of the fighting Marine from San Diego "Johnathon Elenberger" , Fred won by guillotine choke in a little over 2 minutes of the first round. Justin Berg had a 3 round war with fellow athlete Shane Krutchen and won 2 of the rounds and with all fairness must say he lost the 3rd, but the incompetent judges who were too busy talking to girls at ringside some how had a unanimous decision win for Krutchen.... Justin was robbed of his victory by idiotic amateur judges who didn't belong at a professional event. Great job to all of our fighters and we look forward to improving your skills and getting you the wins that you deserve. Just don't EVER leave it in the hands of  the moronic JUDGES!!

Max Kabir, Justin Berg, and Fred Williams Prepare for the Gladiator fights....

October 16, 2011 The Gladiator Challenge returns to the Soboba Casino to put on the 2nd edition of the Pro-Am Series. The last show saw Tyson, Chloe' and Nelson do battle in the name of the UGA and now you'll see the MMA debut of AIMS Insurance front man - Max Kabir Justin Berg, and Fred Williams as they go to put their names in the spot light. Justin, and Fred are the other 2 fighters who are making their debut. We look forward to their victorious battles.  

U.G.A.'s Tyson & Chloe' Johnson win @ Gladiator Challenge Aug. 21, 2011

It was another exciting event at the Soboba Casino as they hosted the Gladiator Challenge "Pro-Am" fights on a nice summer night. Husband and Wife team of Tyson and Chloe' Johnson both won their fights in under 2 minutes each. Chloe' winning by way of Double Axe Choke from the guard position, while "The IronMan" who face a very large and strong opponent won by way of TKO, both in the first round. Teammate Nelson Alvarado fought a very tough KickBoxer and was unable to take his opponent down thus losing by way of TKO in the 2nd round. Nelson trained and fought hard, he is very close to finding that victory. So the UGA goes 2-1 tonight but the biggest victory was the love and support shown as Tyson dedicated his win to our beloved Brenyn "IronHeart" Nickell.

Preparing for the Pro-Am series August 21, 2011

Sunday August 21, 2011 The Gladiator Challenge hosts the Pro-Am Series with a full day of Mixed Martial Arts action. Early in the day you can see action, but later that night the real excitment happens with the professional show: That night you will enjoy 4 of the UGA's finest as "The IronMan" Tyson Johnson makes what may be his final appearence as a fighter in the cage due to some medical issues, Chloe' Johnson will once again look to improve her record, Nelson Alvarado is working to get his first professional win, and Jeremy Butler wants to make it 2-0. Tickets are on sale now at the Universal Grappling Academy and you can come see the live action at the Soboba Casino and witness History in the making.

Gladiator Challenge Results June 12, 2011

The UGA fighters went 2/2 tonight with "Tall" Paul Karsky winning in the first round by submission, Kenny Kilgore won his fight debut in the second round by RNC after overcoming a tough first round. Heath Cassol again was treated like the red headed step child with his loss to an over the weight limit and highly experienced Jake Miles, and the young Andrew McManus admitted that he just froze up in his fight debut against a super experienced veteran fighter Eddie Yagin.The next Soboba show will be held August 21, 2011 where we are hoping that the show name will be "IronHeart" named after our deceased son and teammate Brenyn Nickell. This event will be the final fight for Tyson Johnson due to medical issues, also on the card will be UGA fighters Chloe' Johnson, Jeremy Butler, and Nelson Alvarado.        

The next Soboba show will be held August 21, 2011 where we are hoping that the show name will be "IronHeart" named after our deceased son and teammate Brenyn Nickell. This event will probably be the final fight for Tyson Johnson due to serious medical issues, also on the card will be UGA fighters Chloe' Johnson, Jeremy Butler, and Nelson Alvarado.  

In Loving Memory of Brenyn "IronHeart" Nickell.....UGA Champion forever! (Oct. 1992 - June 8, 2011)

Dear Friends, Family, and Teammates,

Tonight the UGA has lost a very special part of its family and part of my heart is gone as my boy Brenyn Nickell who just turned 18 years old last October passed away at 9:51pm at Desert Valley Hospital. Brenyn loved the UGA and what it stood for, he helped train the kids program, grappled in tournaments to win us gold medals and fame, inspired teammates, participated in team functions, and worked to live our catch phrase "Train Hard & Finish Strong"! I have no doubt that Brenyn will bring that hard work ethic and dedication to the heavens and will surely tap out the gods. He will be loved and missed, but most of all Brenyn "IronHeart" Nickell will always be U.G.A.

 On August 21, 2011 The "IronMan" will dedicate his final fight to the "IronHeart" Brenyn Nickell. xoxo 

Brenyn is survived by his wonderful mother Allyson Collier and beautiful sister Emaley Monges. Brenyn held a number of UGA team championships which he now takes into the after life, and his memory will be upheld at the UGA and in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace "IronHeart" and continue to fight the good fight.

UGA's "FIT 4 LIFE" event - RUN OUT CHILD OBESITY @ Silverado High School on April 30, 2011

This is an exciting 5k running or walking event that will promote a healthy and active life style to the High Desert community. This Fit 4 Life promotion named "RUN OUT CHILD OBESITY" will be held at the Silverado High School track and is supported by many great local businesses such as Universal Grappling Academy, Silverado High School, Aims Insurance, Streetz, Awards of Recognition & More, The Vitamin Shoppe, The Abeyta Family, and more....Child Obesity has risen over 33% here in America and it's time to get off the couch, drop the junk food, leave the video games and computers for some out door activities. Any body and every body should come out and join our fitness walk. We want to help people of all sizes, shapes, colors, creeds, and ages to FIND YOUR POWER TO IMPROVE!

The Loss of our teammate "BIG" MANNY
Dear U.G.A. team and supporters. Last night Thursday 4/28/2011 we lost our teammate "Big" Manny.
 As you may know, he was at the gym 2 weeks ago alive and as funny as usual with his playful Pro-Wrestling attitude. He went in for a simple tonsil surgery and flat lined on the table. They resuscitated him but he was in a coma for 2 weeks before passing last night.
"BIG" Manny will be missed by his Teammates, Friends, and most by his loving Family,  who we give our thoughts and condolences to.
He will be remembered
R.I.P. "BIG" Manny Aguila - Teammate and friend 1/1/1978 - 4/28/2011

Jeremy Butler KO's his opponent @ the April 22nd Gladiator Challenge

Friday April 22, 2011  Ladies and Gentlemen...after just 12 seconds in to the first round, your winner by way of KNOCK-OUT!!!......Jeremy Butler! Thats right fight fans, in his first Pro MMA fight, our U.S. Army representative went out and made a huge statement that told the world that Butler is in the MMA house. Jeremy was very humble and thankful to all of his teammates that helped him train for this fight. We look forward to training with our friend and seeing the progressions that Jeremy continues to make.

3 UGA Fighters are ready for war at the Gladiator Challenge

It'll be "Good Friday" when Jeremy Butler makes his MMA debut, Matt Hagge and Tim Lindsay will also be returning to the cage. We look forward to the exciting night of MMA action at the Soboba Casino. Grappler of the Month

March: Grappler of The Month
Ryan Spangler is an 8 year old kid who stands out from the crowd. He became interested in martial arts at the age of 6. After six months of looking for the right place, Ryan enrolled at the Universal Grappling Academy where he finally found the well rounded mixed martial arts training he and his father were looking for under Coach Tyson Johnson.

Soon after he began training, Ryan’s interest in martial arts turned into a love of mixed martial arts. After a few months training, and at the encouragement of his coach, Ryan entered his first grappling/submission tournament. Ryan finished in first, with the fastest submission of the entire tournament; 9 seconds! His love of MMA then became a passion for competition.
Ryan has since gone on to win 16 medals (most 1st), a championship belt as well as two swords at NAGA for the intermediate and advanced divisions of bantamweight (50 lbs and below.). Ryan’s road as not been easy. He has known both victory and defeat, and yet has never failed to win a medal in every competition.

Ryan’s hard work and his fighter’s heart are the secret of his success. Ryan trains up to 4 hours a day 4 days a week. Ryan also maintains a straight A average in his advanced classes at school. Ryan was a star defensive end this season in football, an honor student and a cub scout. He was honored to receive an award from the Optimist’s Club for his outstanding academic and community service.

Zuffa buys StrikeForce....owns and controls the main MMA world!

Strikeforce is no longer the UFC’s biggest competitor.

In a video interview with Ariel Helwani posted to on Saturday morning, UFC President Dana White announced that Zuffa has purchased the San Jose, Calif.-based fight promotion.

“It's literally official right now. We literally just purchased Strikeforce,” said White. “I don't want to disclose any of the details on how the deal was done, but the reality is that we now own Strikeforce.”

White explained the reasons behind the purchase in the interview, stating that expanding Zuffa's talent pool was a necessary step to take as the promotion ventures into more international endeavors.

“As we go out and [continue to expand], we need more fights. Let's face facts. Strikeforce is a brand that fans have come to like and [the fans] enjoy the fights that they're putting on. So it made sense to us,” said White. “Our job is to put on the big fights that fans want to see, and as we continue to travel [abroad], we have to put on the right fights in these other countries.”

While White would not disclose the exact length of the negotiation period, the UFC boss did confirm that the buyout “happened quickly,” when asked if the talks lasted less than six months.

White then revealed that while Strikeforce is now the property of Zuffa, Scott Coker's promotion would not be dissolved. Rather, Strikeforce will continue to operate independently under the supervision of its new parent company.

“Strikeforce is going to continue to run -- business as usual. There are contracts in place, and we honor contracts. These guys pull good ratings on Showtime, and all of those contracts are going to be honored. These guys are going to remain Strikeforce fighters.”

White then elaborated on that concept, asserting that Coker would continue in his role as Strikeforce head, maintaining the promotion's operations and managing the talent. According to White, this means that Coker will have license to re-sign fighters at his discretion, including talents with whom White takes issue, such as Paul Daley and Josh Barnett.

“We've signed a deal with Scott Coker. He's staying on. You've seen me battle with guys over the years, but I’ve never had a bad thing to say about Scott Coker. I’ve known Scott since the K-1 days. Scott is a good guy.”

Zuffa, LLC is an American sports promotion company specializing in the promotion of mixed martial arts. It was founded in January 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada to be the new parent entity behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship by Station Casinos executives Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, after they purchased the UFC from Semaphore Entertainment Group. The word "Zuffa" is an Italian word, meaning "brawl" or "fight with no rules". Zuffa is the entity credited with taking the UFC and mixed martial arts in the United States from a marginalized sport to being the fastest growing sport in the country, with fast-rising popularity within the highly-desired 18-30 male demographic.

Zuffa is headed by the Fertittas and President Dana White.

Cobra Kai's Joe Stevenson vs Gil Castillo (A friend of the UGA) plus additional Updates

Stevenson vs. Castillo
Former WEC standout Danny Castillo was on top of his game in his bout against Joe Stevenson, as he scored a hard-fought three round unanimous decision win to notch his first UFC victory. Watch post-fight interview

Scores were 30-27 and 29-28 twice for Castillo.

Castillo’s first takedown attempt was turned back by Stevenson, who locked his foe up and fired off some knees to the head. Castillo (11-3) escaped this precarious position, only to get lifted and slammed by the former lightweight title challenger. Castillo was able to make it to his feet, but he got caught in a guillotine choke. This time, it was Castillo’s turn to slam his way out of trouble, and after getting back to his feet, he was able to separate and get back to working his standup. Another takedown attempt from Castillo was successful, but Stevenson (36-13) fought loose and returned to the standup game. Castillo scored well while the two stood, apparently getting stronger as the round progressed.

Working his long-range striking game to perfection early in round two, Castillo kept Stevenson at bay until “Joe Daddy” scored with a slam and got the fight back to the mat. Castillo initially tried to keep his foe tied up, but as Stevenson fired away, Castillo responded with his own strikes from the bottom. A knee to the head by Castillo while Stevenson was down brought a brief halt to the action, with little of consequence happening before the bell tolled.

Castillo continued to impress in round three, as Stevenson looked to find a way to break the fight open in his favor. With a little over two minutes left, he locked in his trademark guillotine choke and tried to finish, but Castillo was able to slip free and get back to his feet, where he bulled Stevenson into the fence before taking him down. Again, Stevenson rose, but Castillo was not about to let him loose, and another takedown finished off the performance for “Last Call.” The defeat was Stevenson’s third in a row and fifth in his last seven bouts

Forrest Griffin is a former champion, with a win over the current champion, and he's responsible for the majority of UFC fans, due to his war with Bonnar. Joe Daddy is a gatekeeper with a LOT of mileage on him, and he isn't getting any better.

The UFC needs to seriously evaluate guys with more than 30 fights. They usually start to decline physically and mentally after that number. It's sad to say I know a guy familiar with this fact who made some money off of Fedor. Fighters need to retire when they know the wear and tear is starting to add up, for the sake of the sport and their own sake.

As of April 4, 2011 .......It appears Joe Stevenson’s time at lightweight is done, at least for the time being. The former “Ultimate Fighter” winner will drop down to 145 pounds and face Javier Vazquez at UFC on Versus 4 expected to take place on June 26.

The UFC announced the fight on Monday.

Stevenson (31-13) has been against the wall a bit in his last few fights, dropping three in a row and going 2-5 in his last seven.

The former welterweight fighter will now drop all the way down to featherweight to try and rejuvenate his career, in what has to be considered a must-win situation.

Javier Vazquez (15-5) makes his long awaited UFC debut after working for several other promotions, including his most recent stint with the WEC.

Vazquez is coming off a decision loss to current featherweight contender Chad Mendes, but is known as one of the toughest and most dangerous submission fighters in the division.

The bout between Stevenson and Vazquez takes place at UFC on Versus 4, which happens on June 26 and currently is rumored for the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

June 26, 2011  - Vazquez Sends Stevenson to Fourth Straight Loss

WEC import Javier Vazquez handed former lightweight title contender Joe Stevenson his fourth consecutive defeat and left “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 winner’s career inside the UFC in doubt, as he notched a unanimous decision in an undercard bout at 145 pounds. All three cageside judges ruled in Vazquez’s favor: 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27.

Vazquez (16-5, 1-0 UFC), a former King of the Cage champion, out-struck, outwrestled and out-grappled the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative, warding off exhaustion in the latter stages of the fight. Vazquez established his jab, countered effectively, scored with a single-leg takedown in the first round and threatened his opponent with a tight guillotine choke in the second.

With desperation settling in, Stevenson (31-14, 8-8 UFC) was the aggressor in round three, as he attacked early with sharp punches and low kicks. However, Vazquez held firm despite visible fatigue and racked up points with standing combinations and clean counter punches. 

AUGUST 2011 - Kobra Kai's Joe "Daddy" Stevenson Released by UFC....yes

“Ultimate Fighter” Season 2 champion Joe Stevenson has been released by the UFC following his fourth loss in a row.

Sources close to the situation confirmed the release to on Thursday. first reported the news.

Following his triumph as a welterweight during the second season of the UFC’s reality show, Stevenson dropped down to lightweight and made it all the way to a title shot in 2008, but fell short as he was submitted by B.J. Penn in the championship bout.

Following that fight, Stevenson went 3-2 in his next five fights facing some stiff competition in the 155-pound division.

Unfortunately, Stevenson fell on harder times with four straight losses in the Octagon, including his last against Javier Vazquez after making the drop to the featherweight division.

Stevenson exits the UFC with an 8-8 overall record in the promotion and having competed in three different weight classes along the way.


4 UGA Fighters Prepare for February 20th Gladiator Challenge

It'll be Sunday Afternoon February 20, 2011 starting at 2:00pm when these 4 UGA fighters put their MMA skills to work at the Soboba Casino as it hosts the Gladiator Challenge event "Legends Collide 2".  Matt Hagge returns in the Welterweight division after his dominating MMA debut on December 12, 2010 when he defeated his opponent by RNC in the 2nd round. Jeremy Gice makes his return after losing his exciting debut fight last October 2010 to Luis Hatch by guillotine choke. They meet at 145lbs where Gice says he'll be ready to avenge his loss on Luis or anybody else they put in the cage with him. Eric Johnson hopes to come out a winner while making his MMA debut in the Flyweight division. It has always been his dream to fight in the cage and now he is training to make it happen. And finally after almost a year off (Feb. 21, 2010), we'll see the return of Sylvia Ruiz who we last saw win her MMA debut in less than 30 seconds of the first round by RNC. Sylvia plans to be 2-0 after February 20th. These great athletes Train Hard so they can Finish Strong and realize that Fighters train to be Fighters...No Excuses, Just Hard Work and Sacrifice!

Tickets are on Sale now from each fighter or from the Universal Grappling Academy for only $35 and up. Please buy yours today and help support our fighters as they work hard to create a legacy in the MMA world.

UGA Fighters go 3-1 @ the Gladiator Challenge Fights

Sunday December 12, 2010 The 4 UGA fighters who trained long and hard finally made their MMA debut at the Gladiator Challenge event in San Jacinto, California held at the Soboba Casino.

As the special feature attraction "Mighty" Mia Hayes went to battle with Jacqulyn Boyle who was a tough girl that brought the action with a series of good takedowns before being caught in a guillotine choke by Mia in the 2nd round.

Tim Hulsey started off the male review of fighters with a hard right hand to his opponents chin as he went 3 rounds but ended up losing by decision .

"Big" Luis Lopez made his debut in a fast passed back and forth fight that people will be talking about for a long time. His opponent was very unorthodox and entertaining with his fighting technique. Luis finally ended the shinanigans battle in the 3rd round by way of rear naked choke.

Matt "The Hit Man" Hagge fought 2 rounds against a tough opponent but never let him get an ounce of offense in as Hagge smothered Ed Hoffman with takedowns, punches, and finally ended the fight with a rear naked choke in the 2nd round.

The U.G.A. is very proud and thankful to all the family, friends, and fans who came out to support our UGA athletes. Our fighters should be very proud as they all represented the team with professionalism and great honor.

Mighty Mia wins @ the Gladiator Challenge
On Sunday December 12, 2010 at the Gladiator Challenge event held at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California

 Mia Hayes (2-0-0) defeated Jacqlin Boyle (0-1-0) by submission (guillotine choke) in the second round of their 165-pound amateur MMA match.

 Mia trains at Universal Grappling Academy in Victorville, California where she is trained by Tyson Johnson.

She is also the focus of a upcoming documentary by Lars Ulbeg that centers around her battle with breast cancer and focuses on her being a survivor of stage four cancer. Mia is a very devout christian who with the power of prayer is fighting breast cancer without any chemical treatments.

Mia is a very inspirational lady, not only does she work and train MMA she is also a mother. She has three children of her own and she also has four adopted children, seven children in total.

 The last time we saw Mia Hayes she defeated Brittany Griffin by submission (guillotine choke) in the first round. She looked very impressive in that fight she out struck her opponent, then caught her in a standing guillotine.

UFC 124 Great News and Results

 “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 6 winner Mac Danzig banked a $100,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus after he flattened Joe Stevenson with a short counter left hook in the first round. The blow left Stevenson face down on the mat, and Danzig polished him off with a couple of hammerfists. Stevenson had not been knocked out in more than a decade; former UFC lightweight king Jens Pulver did the honors in June 1999, two weeks before Stevenson’s 17th birthday.

UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre turned Josh Koscheck’s own words against him on Saturday night in Montreal as the Canadian out worked, out hustled and out struck his rival to win a lopsided decision and retain his belt at UFC 124.

Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View):

-Georges St-Pierre def. Josh Koscheck by unanimous decision (50-45 on all scorecards)
-Stefan Struve def. Sean McCorkle by TKO (strikes) at 3:55, R1
-Jim Miller def. Charles Oliveira by submission (knee bar) at 1:59, R1
-Mac Danzig def. Joe Stevenson by KO at 1:54, R1
-Thiago Alves def. John Howard by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3) 

Preliminary Bouts (On
-Dan Miller def. Joe Doerksen by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
-Mark Bocek def. Dustin Hazelett by submission (triangle choke) at 2:33, R1

Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Rafael Natal vs. Jesse Bongfeldt ends in a majority draw
-Sean Pierson def. Matt Riddle by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
-Ricardo Almeida def. T.J. Grant by unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards)
-John Makdessi def. Pat Audinwood by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26

Fighting for her Dream

On November, 12 at Tuff-N-Uff: The Future Stars of MMA in Las Vegas, Nevada

Mia Hayes (1-0-0) will take on Brittany Griffin (0-1-0) in a 160-pound match

Mia trains at Universal Grappling Academy in Victorville, Ca where she is trained by Tyson Johnson.
She is also the focus of a upcoming documentary by Lars Ulbeg that centers around her battle with breast cancer and focuses on her being a survivor of stage four cancer.

It is Mia's dream to be a fighter and thanks to Tuff-N-Uff for allowing her to fight, Sam Wilson for finding her a opponent and Brittany for taking this fight, she will get to live her dream.

UPDATE - On Friday November 12, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada Mia Hayes-Camara lived her dream as she fought and beat her opponent in just 58 seconds in to the first round by guillotine choke. Her dream has been accomplished and we are so very proud of her. Goooo Mia !


Brief News from the UGA.....

1. Foot Locker Inc. was kind enough to help support the UGA Kids program with (2) $50 gift cards. Through the years Foot Locker has always been firmly committed to empowering youth education and athletics. Thank you Mary A. Signorino - Senior Public Relations Manager 

2. Our teammate "The Big" Kjell Cordero continues to keep us updated from his U.S. Army Bootcamp location in Georgia. He is doing well and recently used his UGA moves (specifically The Bulgarian) to beat a Division 1 wrestler on his way to winning his combatives tournament where he also gained recognition from his First SGT. and Company Commander. Great job Kjell, way to show your UGA pride!

3. Jeremy Gice has asked for a rematch against his fight debut opponent. This match will be held in February 2011 at the Gladiator Challenge event . Gice said he'll even move up in weight to meet the 145lb mark and won't be making any mistakes the second time around!

4. Both Matt Hagge and Luis Lopez are working hard to prepare for their MMA debut bouts on December 12th at the Soboba Casino. Committed to winning, these 2 fighters are training through-out the week and then over coming the Friday night IronMan training program. During training Tony Tapia fractured his ankle and may be out for a few weeks.

5. UGA pre-ordered Hoodie Sweatshirts should be in by the end of this week. Please get your funds in to the coach A.S.A.P. / The U.G.A 2011 calendars will be available for sale in 2 weeks for only $20. If you want your birthdate in the calendar let coach know as soon as possible.

6. The UGA Christmas Cash Contest starts Monday 11-8-2010 ...Just bring in 3 new individual people who join our program and win $250 cash for Christmas, or win $500 for bringing in 5 new memberships. Contest ends Tuesday Dec. 21st...Cash given on that day!

The Kraisingers Graduate from the UGA's R.S.D.T. Course

Wednesday October 27, 2010 Rick and Dawn graduated today from the UGA's 7 week Realistic Self Defense Training Course. They are a great couple from the High Desert who wanted to learn more about awareness and personal protection. And now after 7 weeks of conditioning, pushing, yelling, hair pulling, striking, push ups, core stregthening, and self defense education  they are happily certified in:

"Awareness & Intuition, Setting Boundaries & Close Combat, Assertiveness & Confrontational Skills, Legal Issues in Self Defense, Advantages & Disadvantages of Various Weapons"

We are very proud of both Rick and Dawn and wish them a long and happy life without ever having to use the skills that they spent 7 weeks learning. We would like to thank those who assisted in the training of the Kraisingers: Deputy Fernando Hernandez, Chloe' Johnson, Jamal Pogue, and Chris Givens.

U.G.A. / "STREETZ" Mini MMA Expo was a HUGE Success...If you missed it, You missed out...
The UGA / STREETZ Mini MMA Expo was a HUGE success.. If you missed it, you missed out! With over 350 people in and out of the "STREETZ" store and we gave away over $12,000 in free gifts and prizes, Awesome demonstrations by MMA Fighters: Jeremy Gice & Chloe' Johnson, World Grappling Champions: Ryan Spangler, Marky Samano, Dylan Wood, Teen Grappling Champion: Brenyn Nickell, and Jamal, Lots of great MMA / UGA fans came out to enjoy the show, get pictures and autographs. Thanks to all the U.G.A. members and parents who came out to support their teammates. Thanks to our Sponsors Streetz, AIMs Insurance, Gladiator Challenge, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Bring it on Paintball for their contributions and support.
A special thanks to Chris and the entire Abeyta family for setting up and working the U.G.A. car wash on the corner of Bear Valley Rd. and Cottonwood from 8am to 12pm. We appreciate you all very much and in a few weeks we will all be there to help out with the next fund raiser.

U.G.A. Kids at Grapplers Fest Oct. 2, 2010

5 U.G.A. kids went to the Grapplers fest Tournament on Saturday Oct. 2, 2010 held at the Victorville Fair grounds. Brenyn Nickell, Ryan Spangler, Marky Samano, Dylan Wood, and Isaiah Abeyta all went to do battle against many other teams in the High Desert. Ryan Spangler dominated with 2 Gold medals in both Gi and No-Gi divisions. Isaiah Abeyta who has been out of competition for over a year returned to take first place in his class and was happy to go home with his Gold medal. Dylan wood also came home with a Gold and Silver medal in 2 divisions. Both Marky and Brenyn suffered injuries during their matches and finished 4th in their classes. We are proud of them all.

You cand see Ryan, Marky, Dylan, and Brenyn at the mini MMA expo on Oct. 16th at "STREETZ" inside the mall of Victorvalley.

Oct.16th Mini MMA Expo

  On October 16, 2010 The U.G.A. and "STREETZ" will be holding a mini MMA Expo

Come meet and greet  Universal Grappling Academy MMA Fighters Jeremy Gice, Ray Parenteau, and Jeremy Butler inside The Mall of Victorvalley @ the "STREETZ" store. There will be grappling demonstrations by the fighters and special guests. Come see 8 yr. old UGA World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Ryan "The Strangler" Spangler, kids champions Marky Samano, and Dylan Wood, along with teen champion Brenyn Nickel. There will be Lots of free gifts and Raffle drawings along with Huge Sales. Join us Saturday, Oct. 16th from 12pm - 3pm

Special Thanks to our Sponsors: STREETZ, Aims Insurance, Gladiator Challenge, Bring it On Paintball, and Buffalo Wild Wings

Jeremy(s) Butler & Gice prepare to Fight!

170lb U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy Butler and the 135lb recent High School graduate Jeremy Gice - Both training out of the Universal Grappling Academy are preparing to make their MMA Pro Debuts on October 24, 2010. The event is the Gladiator Challenge "Royal Flush" which will be held at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. Their teammates Matt Haggie, Tom Thompson, and Nelson Alvarado were suppossed to be on the card as well but will work towards a future show. Come see these 2 exciting athletes as they compete in the ultimate testing grounds of the cage: Tickets are on Sale Now and can be bought from either Jeremy or from the UGA. Please come out and support your teammates and their quest to be the next MMA champions.

Tina Austin defeats a huge opponent and the UGA goes 1-2 at the G.C.

August 20, 2010 The Gladiator Challenge held 15 fights at the Soboba Casino on this Friday night. The crowd wasn't as packed as in past events but those who were there saw some exciting fights. 2 veteran Universal Grappling Academy fighters, Tina "The Tigress" Austin and "Tall" Paul Karsky, did battle as did a UGA greenhorn in Ray Parenteau. Tina who weighed in at 121lbs faced a female who did not make weight and we were told weighed in at 150lbs; but when the truth came out, Tabitha Harvey weighed 200lbs. The Tigress didn't flinch and she went out and destroyed her opponent in the first round, winning by tko. Paul fought another returning fighter from the past glory days of Soboba MMA in "The Man of War" Melvin Costa. The first round went to Paul after some good exchanges and submission attempts, but in the 2nd round Paul seemed to give up due to poor conditioning and Melvin pounded out a 2nd round tko victory. Ray spent his time training with "Joe Stevenson's" Cobra Kai and it showed as he was tapped out in 30 seconds with an armbar. He showed where he wants to be as he wore UGA shorts and came out under the UGA banner, but as of Monday he will be a true UGA member and we'll make sure he Trains Hard & Finishes Strong!

Ryan "The Strangler" Spangler brings home 2 World Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Championships!

Ryan Spangler is the World Jiu-Jitsu Champion!

The World Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu Championships was a tough 2 day tournament held in Southern California on Saturday July 31, and August 1, 2010. But on those days only 1 person stood out above the rest defeating former and current champions from all over the world. His name is Ryan "The Strangler" Spangler from the Universal Grappling Academy.

Not even the mighty "Athena"  the very best student from "Riverside Submission" who has 2 years more experience and 12lbs as an advantage could stop our UGA Super Star as he beat her by a score of 4-0.

Congratulations and great job to Ryan and his his father "George' for all of their hard work and for being our World Champion teammates.

World Champion: Ryan Spangler - 1st place (no Gi)  Advanced Division / 1st place (Gi) Yellow Belt Division

U.G.A. goes 2-1 at the Gladiator Challenge 6/27/2010
June 27, 2010 "The IronMan" Tyson Johnson hosted another 25 fight card at the Soboba Casino for the Gladiator Challenge! This card saw the likes of MMA veterans Keith Berry and Sean Loeffler, as well as new comers from the UGA such as Chloe' "The Cure" Johnson who weighed in at 122lbs submitted her way to her first professional MMA victory and is now 1-1 with a bright future to come. "The Big" Kjell Cordero who stands 6'4 and weighed in at 250lbs made his MMA debut and won by way of TKO after busting up his opponents face. Heath Cassol weighed in at 201lbs and was on his way to victory when the event nurse (from a cross town rival school) made a bad call (verified by 2 top referees - Herb Dean & Cecil Peoples) and stopped the fight in between rounds due to a cut that wasn't even bleeding. We've seen people bleeding like pigs at this show and were aloud to continue, but the UGA champ wasn't even given the option to continue from the Kobra Kai medical staffer. Great job to all the UGA fighters who Trained Hard & Finished Strong! Thanks to all the Sponsors, Friends, and Family Members who supported our team

Just a few days away before Chloe', Heath, and Kjell fight at the Gladiator Challenge

Are you Ready?

Ok fight fans it's just a few days away before Chloe' Johnson, Heath Cassol, and Kjell Cordero fight at the Gladiator Challenge event in San Jacinto CA.. 8 long weeks of training and sacrifice all come down to 9 minutes of combat in the steel cage. At this event we'll be flying our new Sponsor Banner which shows our appreciation for those who support our team. Ticket sales from our team have been weak for this event, but we hope to get more support in the future from our teammates and family members. Thanks to all of those who are going to fly the UGA colors. Thank you, Aims Insurance, SandBlasting Services Inc., U.S. Armed Forces, Desert Valley Tow, Bring it on Paintball, Streetz Fight Wear, and Bosomo Designs!


May 29, 2010 Tournament Results
U.G.A. Tournament Results
May 29, 2010 - Grapplers Quest (Las Vegas) & Guts and Glory (Ontario, California)
First off a HUGE congratulations to the U.G.A.'s 2009 Competitor of the Year Ryan "The Strangler" Spangler as he took (2) Advanced Division Championships at the UFC Expo Grapplers Quest in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The rest of these results are from the Guts & Glory Tournament held at Ontario High School in California.
Mike Maddux - 1st place
Kjell Cordero - 2nd place (Absolute Open class)
Dylan Wood - (2) 2nd place awards 75lb & 105lb divisions
Marky Samano - 2nd place
Junior Gomez - 2nd place
Marshal Kuhlmann - 2nd place
Seth Kuhlmann - 2nd place
Jeremy Butler - 2nd place
Cory Schwoebel - 2nd place
Everybody did a good job and we are proud of you all for your hard work - Ryan Beauchamp, Jason Beauchamp, Daniel Williams, Sean Maddux, Mat Maddux, Jamal, Emanuel, and Paul Karsky.

"The Cure" & "Da Legend" Return to the cage with winning on their minds!

June 27, 2010 Is when Tyson Johnson will be hosting The Gladiator Challenge MMA Event that will be held at the Soboba Casino and that's where Chloe' "The Cure" Johnson (0-1) and teammate Bobby "Da Legend" Trivitt (1-2) plan to avenge their previous losses from April 25th. Both fighters seem to have a renewed desire to train harder for this upcoming event. Also on the card will be UGA members Kjell Cordero and Heath Cassol  who will both be making their MMA debut in the heavyweight division. We hope to have all the support from our team, friends, and family for this upcoming show. Tickets are on sale now from each fighter and at the Universal Grappling Academy. Call us today at (760) 241-1899 or come get your tickets today from us at 15370 Cholame Rd. #6 Victorville, CA. 92392.

1-2 for the UGA......Not a good fight day!

Sunday April 25, 2010 The Universal Grappling Academy Fight team had hoped to go 5-0 at this Gladiator Challenge event "Maximum Force", but on this day as the Gods of War gave them perfect weather, they gave very little else. First, 2 of the 5 team members Chris Givens and Keno Saunders were dropped from the card, second The pride of the UGA's female division Chloe' Johnson was too overwhelmed by bright lights, noise, 4,000 screaming fans, etc. and was choked out in the first round. Great job for getting out there and giving it a good shot Chloe'. Third our U.S. Army representative Bobby Trivitt fought a vailant 3 rounds against a very tough Marine but ended up losing the bout. The 5'7 169lb Tyson Johnson was the only team member to win his bout against his 6'2 205lb opponent in 1:07 of the first round by TKO. The 2 fighter first began the feeling out process and Tyson seemed to be timing his  shots until a groin kick came from Brendan which seemed to fire up "The IronMan" who then shot in for a double legged take down and and proceeded to punch his opponent until his nose exploded and he tapped out!





NEW U.G.A. 2010 Edition Logo is out and is a BIG Hit with UGA Members!

On Thursday April 22, 2010 the Universal Grappling Academy members got their first look at the long awaited new 2010 edition of the UGA Logo. Only a limited suply of the new shirts were available and they were bought up fast. Head Coach Tyson Johnson said "It has been 15 years with the same logo that is known, respected, and loved world wide. I am not trying to replace the classic UGA logo or look, just advance into the next generation and give a variety to the brand name. This new look is one of a few different options that may or may not come out in the future. I just hope everybody likes our new design. I was excited to see how many people jumped on the chance to buy the new product as soon as I had it in the Dojo".

The new design shirts are only $5 more ($20) than the classic UGA ($15) shirts and are well worth it. UGA member Fernando Hernandez was so excited that he didn't even wait until Tyson was at the Gym before meeting with him to buy some of the new apparel. Hernandez said " This is more than worth the $5 additional cost, I love the new look and updated feel of this logo". A large order of 2010 edition shirts has been oredered for men, Women, and Children's sizes that will be at the Academy within 10 days.

G.C. Article on "The IronMan"
April 20, 2010 Article Featured on GladiatorChallenge.Com
“The Ironman” Tyson Johnson is a special breed of human with a lot going on in his life and career. A 2008 U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee and the MMA Man of the year, Johnson is known to Gladiator Challenge fans as a world class ring announcer and entertaining fighter. He’s hosted events for several different top MMA promotions, and has introduced fighters in over 1,200 fights. Beyond that, he is also a fighter trainer who operates the Universal Grappling Academy in Victorville, California. Johnson has also contributed his talents to the sport as a fight commentator. But that’s not enough for Johnson. His accomplishments go beyond his success in the cage.

His list of activities in the business side of life is a mile long. “The Ironman” is a very appropriate nickname for Johnson: These are just some of the qualifications and life experiences from Tyson.

• Community Kids Boxing Champion
• All League Wrestling Champion
• ABA BodyBuilding - Mr. California, Mr. U.S.A. and Mr. Universe (1989 -1991)
• Semi-pro wrestler (1991)
• Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition expert
• Gold Medalist - U.S.A. & A.A.U Freestyle & Greco-Roman Wrestling
• Business Developer, marketer, and consultant
• U.S. Investigations (2-time “Investigator of the Year,” 1997-1998 / U.S. Marine / Fed. Criminal Investigations
• Executive Protection-trained.....(Bodyguard, Anti-Terrorist Actions, Defensive Tactics)
• 1999 2X Toughman winner
• Talk radio host AM960
• Television sports reporter
• Motivational Speaker and Life Coach
• Actor, model, voiceover actor, and entertainer
• Possesses over fifteen years of health club sales and management
• Published author of books on training & nutrition, children’s books, and fiction novels

Johnson is a busy man with a lot going on. But all that will go to the side on Sunday, April 25th at Soboba Casino, as “The Ironman” will step into the cage once again to put his skills on display for the enjoyment of the GC fans. But it won’t be as the announcer. He’ll be the one being announced, as he faces Sam Salas in a match. In doing so, his focus will shift from entertaining the fans with his words to entertaining them with his fists and feet. And that won’t be any different for Johnson, who is entertaining no matter what facet of life he’s involved in.

Come out to the Casino and check out “The Ironman” and the others fighters that will be laying it all on the line at “Maximum Force!” www.GladiatorChallenge.Com


The Final 2 Weeks are here! It's almost fight Time for the UGA
This is it! Just 2 weeks left - Get your Tickets from Tyson Today!
Buy your tickets this weekend - Final day is April 23rd
Contact Tyson if you need special arrangements!
Join "The IronMan" Tyson Johnson as he Returns to the Cage on April 25, 2010
That's right people,  The Gladiator Challenge will once again present to you the most electrifying Sports Entertainer at the famed Soboba Casino on April 25th. Come join Tyson and Chloe' as they make their long awaited return with the longest running and most exciting MMA promotion in California. Tickets are on sale now, but are selling fast, Get yours TODAY!
What's Going on? "The Ironman" Tyson Johnson and wife Chloe' Johnson are going to fight on the same card. Also on the card will be 3 other UGA members who will do battle in the Gladiator Cage -  Bobby Trivitt, Chris Givens, and Keno Saunders. Come support and cheer for them all.
Who will host the show? As it was 6 years ago, Tyson Johnson was the First and Only person to ever announce and fight on the same card. on April 25th it'll happen again!
Where and when? The show is at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California on April 25, 2010
How can I go and watch Tyson and 4 of his UGA teammates fight? Tickets can be purchased directly from Tyson and Chloe' Johnson by:
* Coming to the Universal Grappling Academy 15370 Cholame Rd. unit #6 Victorville CA. 92392
* Calling with your Credit Card information (760) 559-4823 (secured line)
* Mailing in your payment and ticket request to P.O. Box 264 Apple Valley, CA. 92307

* Emailing your ticket request and credit card info to (secured)

Buy your April Fight tickets Today! / Come Support the UGA Team! / Watch Chloe' make her MMA fight Debut!
Our Team goal is 500 Tickets!
Tyson and Chloe' Johnson (AKA "CHOLE" as it says on some posters) fight on the same card Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. Also fighting on the card from the UGA team will be Bobby Trivitt, Chris Givens, and Keno Saunders We need a HUGE support group so please come buy your tickets from us Today! Our goal is 500 tickets, Please help us get there.General Admission ticket prices start out at ONLY $45 and go up to $100 for cage side seat Contact us today and let us know how many tickets you will need at 1.760.559.4823

Tyson & Chloe' plus 3 other UGA Fighters will do Battle in the cage on Sunday April 25, 2010

Get your tickets from us today and come watch as the husband and wife team of Tyson and Chloe' Johnson join 3 other UGA members at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA. on Sunday April 25th to fight in the Gladiator Challenge MMA event. "The IronMan" Tyson Johnson will be making another return as both Ring Announcer and Fighter. Chloe' will be making her fight debut as she battles a tough 125lb prospect from the O.C. KickBoxing camp. Bobby Trivitt makes his 3rd return to the cage and is looking for his next win. Plus 2 more fight debuters will be working the heavyweight class as Chris Givens and Keno Saunders prepare for their first experience in the cage. As a team we are looking to sell 300 tickets, so please come buy them from us here at the Universal Grappling Academy and encourage all your friends and family to do the same. We can use all of your support and want to show the world that the UGA is the Way! 

UGA's Female fighter " The ShotGun" wins her fight debut at the Soboba Casino

Sunday February 21, 2010 the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California held the Gladiator Challenge "Vision Quest" event. That is where UGA women's competitor Sylvia "ShotGun" Ruiz made her Pro-Fight debut. Sylvias bout was the final match of the 24 fight card and was over in just 49 seconds of the first round as she quickly disposed of her opponent Tina Willis by way of Rear naked Choke. Competitors Nelson Alvarado who was making his fight debut and Daryl Smith (1-0) didn't fare so well in their matchups, both losing by TKO. Bobby Trivitt and "Tall" Paul Karsky were there and expecting to fight but their opponents fell off the card, both of them will be seen on the April 25th card.


Ryan "The Strangler" Spangler Dominates!

8 year old Ryan "The Strangler" Spangler, The UGA's top kids (5-9) competitor continues his dominance in combat sports as he has now entererd the Cagwa Wrestling Tournament Circuit. After his first 2 tournaments, Ryan has taken home 1 Gold and 2 Silvers! "We are very proud of the 2009 UGA Competitor of the Year, I wish we had 100 more just like him" says head coach Tyson Johnson. The Strangler is currently sponsored by a major MMA contributor "Bad Boy clothing & athletic wear".

5 UGA Members hope to Fight at the Soboba Casino this Sunday Night Feb. 21st

Sunday-February 21, 2010 The Soboba Casino holds another Gladiator Challenge event that will see 5 UGA members compete.  Sylvia (160), Nelson (205), Bobby(205), Daryl(185), and Paul(205) will be doing battle in the cage at the San Jacinto facility! This will be the debut fight for both Sylvia and Nelson as they have devoted the last 6 weeks of their lives preparation for their first time in the cage. Tall Paul has over 20 fights and comes in as the seasoned veteran of the team. Bobby and Daryl make their 2nd appearance at the Soboba Casino and look to repeat their victories of last November  2009. "The IronMan" Tyson Johnson will be hosting the event. Come out, enjoy the show, and support Americas favorite Team!

December 5, 2009 "Judo" Gene Lebell submission tournament

A Universal Grappling Academy team of only 6 competitors went to the "Judo" Gene Lebell submission tournament at Ontario High School in California. 5 kids and 1 adult went to war in multiple divisions and came out with a 2nd place Team tournament trophy! CONGRATULATIONS to our 6 teammates who went to war for us! Ryan Spangler 1st, Cotton Nissen 2nd, JesusLuis Vino Flores 2nd, Dylan Wood 3rd x2, Christian Hernandez 3rd, and Cory Schwoebel 2nd place. We are proud of them all for their hard work and dedication, especially since all but Ryan were competing in their first tournament.

November 8, 2009 Gladiator Challenge Soboba Casino

It was a cool Fall night as the Gladiator Challenge returned to the Soboba Casino after a couple year lay-off. There were 20 fights that had over 3000+ MMA fans going wild. The Universal Grappling Academy team dominated with  4 out of 5 wins for the night. Team Captain "The Ironman" Tyson Johnson once again made history as he started the night out in his tuxedo and hosting the fights to announcing his own fight, and then back again after defeating his opponent in just 47 seconds of the first round by TKO. Daryl Smith had a good fight that ended after 1:15 of the 2nd round by Tko, Bobby Trivitt found his first MMA win after just 1:01 of the first round by way of verbal tap-out, while the surprise of the night Tim Lindsay showed incredible heart and a strong will too win by defeating his opponent by split decision. Danny Gutierrez was the only team member that fell short after taking a hard shot too the groin and then the head in the first round of his fight. Also on the card "Ko Kid" Keith Berry walked right through his opponent as did Fernando Gonzalez in the final bout of the night. Richard Schiller the GC Featherweight champion had a successful title defense against a tough Eric Machado. Other winners of the night were - Miguel Ruvacaba, Travis Browne, Robbie Peralta, Jewon Peoples, Alan Roach, Jose Acuna, Richie Thompson, Xavier stokes, and Walel Watson. Last but not least was GC promoters eldest son Teddy Williams making his fight debut and winning by TKO after 1:15 in the second round. A special thanks to all of the UGA members, supporters friends, and family members who supported us through our training and fights.

Interview with Paul Karsky
10 Questions With Paul Karsky (7/25/2008) December 21, 2010 at 10:24am (by Darrick Patrick) "Tall" Paul Karsky is a professional mixed martial artist who has appeared in organizations such as King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge, Chaos in the Cage, Fist Series, World Cage Fighting Organization, Battle In The Ballroom, and Invincible. Darrick: How did you end up competing in professional mixed martial arts? Paul: I started wrestling when I was twelve with Tyson Johnson's Universal Grappling Academy, then saw some PRIDE fights and I wanted to try it. Tyson got me my first fight when I was 16. Darrick: In your experience so far, what brings you the most fulfillment out of martial arts? Paul: The people involved in the sport and just being able to compete. Darrick: Who are some of the people that greatly influenced you while growing up? Paul: Tyson Johnson mostly, my wife Kristyn Karsky, and childhood friend Frank Vega. Darrick: What does a "normal" training session for you consist of? Paul: I train about two hours a day. It consists of hard grappling, striking, and intense cardio at the UGA. Darrick: Who are a few of the people in the sport that you highly respect? Paul: Tyson Johnson has been there for me growing up, pushing me to my limits and towards my goals. Brian Warren because I fought him when I was seventeen, and he is a legend and good friend now. - They are 2 people I look up to in the sport of MMA. Darrick: Any words of advice for other individuals looking to train in MMA? Paul: Just train hard and fight your heart out. Win, lose, or draw - never look back, just keep moving forward. Every great fighter loses, just look at my losing record. Darrick: Outside of mixed martial arts, what are your other interests? Paul: My beautiful daughter Nataley, my wife, fishing, and fighting for gay rights. Darrick: What is your oldest memory? Paul: When I was first learning how to kickbox, I went home and kicked my sister in the face when she had braces, and her mouth just poured blood. I got my ass whooped by my mom. Darrick: Tell us something about you that most people don't know. Paul: I like the Dick. Me being bisexual hasn't hurt my career at all. Darrick: When you're no longer amongst the living, how would you most like people to remember you? Paul: As a great person who was always fun to be around, A proud gay rights advocate, and as a loving father and husband.