“Sisters in Armbars” – The Resurgence of Female Fight Teams in 2014

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Xtreme Couture Female Team

Nothing is better than a training partner who has been there.

Over the past 6 months we have seen some movement in terms on where female fighters have been training. Many are seeking something new in terms of mind set, or simply a bigger challenge than their local gym can accommodate. Some just simply want to train with some of the best on the planet.

The advantages are great if you can find a female team you can click with. Questions can be answered that no male fighter can answer. Plus if you get with a top notch team, you can take your training to a whole other level.

Female fight teams are nothing new. Jackson’s MMA was the first women’s team to gain national attention, with American Top Team and CSA not far behind. All three have gained new members over the past year. Xtreme Couture had a solid female team as well until late 2012, when a lot of behind the scenes happenings saw a mass exodus of both female and male fighters. Miesha Tate has helped the team rebuild. With TUF 20 cast member Alex Chambers, TUF 20 hopeful Heather Clark, and UFC fighter Leslie Smith taking up training with Xtreme Couture, it’s becoming the go to place to train in Vegas.

Syndicate MMA in Vegas is starting to rival their neighboring gym, however. Roxanne Modafferi is starting to build a team of her own with WSOF fighter Sofia Bagherdai and Tuff-n-uff tournament finalist Jamie Moyle looking to make strides on a national level. InvictaFC fighter Liz McCarthy also took up some training at Syndicate to prepare for her next fight.

Both gyms saw some fighters make friendly visits during “The Ultimate Fighter” tryouts, so we look for more fighters to make Vegas their home in the near future.

Another growing female team is the MMA Lab in Phoenix, which has seen InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy take up residence recently. The Lybarger twins have been training there for the past year or so.

Several noteworthy teams you may not know about is Grudge Training Center in Denver (Cassie Robb, Stephanie Skinner, and Rose Namajunas among others) and Reign MMA (Jessica Penne, and Justine Kish among others).

Least we not forget the most popular team of them all at the moment – “The Four Horsewomen” of the Glendale Boxing Club; UFC champion Ronda Rousey, UFC fighter Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke; and Marina Shafir.

We are positive there are more female teams out there and we only expect this to grow as the sport does.

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