Ohio’s first UFC gym sees successful first month

CLEVELAND – People of northeast Ohio have a new way to exercise like mixed martial arts athletes at Ohio’s first UFC gym.

What you need to know

  • Ohio’s first UFC gym has opened
  • Those interested can learn how to fight in courses such as boxing, jiu jitsu and wrestling
  • It is suitable for all ages and skill levels

More than 700 people have already signed up for membership, and General Manager Richard Dooley said the community really supported them.

“We got such a great response from the community, one of our biggest goals is to make people feel welcome and I think the community actually felt that,” said Dooley.

The club offers MMA-inspired fitness classes for people of all ages and abilities.

Coach Ricky Perez said he loves teaching mixed martial arts to people.

“One of the main reasons I’m so passionate about it is because my father and so many coaches in my entire life have put so much time and effort into training me,” said Perez, “and I thought it was great to just give that back. “

Perez said Cleveland’s interest in UFC exploded after northeast Ohio’s Stipe Miocic won his first UCF heavyweight title.

“After that, Cleveland just became a big battle town,” said Perez.

In addition to classes, the gym offers free weights, cardio machines, Olympic lifting platforms, and more.

“I love showing people how to fight and giving them a good workout.” Perez said, “When you leave here and feel like you’ve achieved something and learned something. I really enjoy it.”

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