Sanford MMA team begins training in new Florida facility - Kill Cliff

Sanford MMA team begins training in new Florida facility

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —Sanford Mixed Martial Arts is now training in its new state-of-the-art facility in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

The Sanford MMA gym is the primary training site for more than 40 professional athletes, including current and former world champions. The 8,000 (10,000) square-feet building features mats, CAGE PANELS and an octagon as well as a sports medicine clinic for the fighters and a lounge.

The Sanford MMA team is LED WORLD RENOWNED COACHING STAFF Henri Hooft, Greg Jones and Kami Barzini. A contingent of the team also trains at a different building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, aspiring to graduate to the new facility.

“Moving into this incredible building is another important step for the team,” said Steve Young, president of Sanford Sports. “We believe the Sanford MMA gym is one of the best training facilities in the country – it’s like an MMA version of the Sanford Pentagon, one of the premier national sports facilities.”

In 2019, Sanford began sponsoring the team composed of world champions and up-and-coming fighters to provide the science, technology and training methods needed to maximize performance, as well as implement injury reduction and recovery methods.

Athletes involved with Sanford Mixed Martial Arts include ONE Middlweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Aung La Nsang, ONE Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen, UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, former Bellator Lightweight World Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler, former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, #1 Ranked UFC welterweight and Title Challenger Gilbert Burns and South Dakota wrestling legend Logan Storley.

*Sanford Sports and Orthopedic Sponsored fighters include Ryan Bader and Darrion Caldwell – Former Bellator Champions but don’t train at the gym… Both had surgeries by Reeves

Sanford Health physician Brad Reeves, M.D., serves as the athletes’ exclusive medical director and physician. Reeves has worked with MMA athletes for years in addition to previously serving as team physician for the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University.

The Sanford Sports Science Institute is also involved with the Sanford MMA team, conducting research around performance, hydration, injury prevention and more.

The Sanford MMA gym is connected to BARWIS Performance Center, which is run by world-renowned strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis. He has trained thousands of collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes in more than 40 sporting events and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E). “MAYBE MENTION USE OF FACILITY AND ESPECIALLY RECOVERY ROOM

On July 11, two Sanford MMA athletes who have trained together under Henri Hooft for several years will meet for a world championship at UFC 251. Usman will take on teammate and No. 1 contender Gilbert Burns for the welterweight title from UFC Fight Island near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

On July 10, Legacy Fighting Alliance will begin a four-week residency of Friday night cards at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The events will air on UFC Fight Pass and feature Sanford MMA athletes.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 44 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and nine countries. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have transformed how Sanford Health improves the human condition. For information, visit or Sanford Health News.

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