The coronavirus pandemic, and its ensuing limitations, strike gymnasium house owners and teams tough in 2020. But, even with the troubles arriving from the onset of COVID-19, MMA’s elite fitness centers nonetheless managed to aid fine-tune their fighters to deliver unforgettable performances through the year.
One particular gymnasium, in particular, liked an excellent 12 months, with Colorado’s Elevation Combat Team providing an extraordinary sequence of final results as the Denver-primarily based gymnasium led its large names to a constructive 2020.
The health club additional a new championship belt to its honor roll when Justin Gaethje stepped in on shorter see and finished Tony Ferguson to capture the interim lightweight title at UFC 249. Regretably for Gaethje and his workforce, “The Highlight” was not capable to enhance to the undisputed title when he shed to Khabib Nurmagmedov later in the 12 months, but adhering to Nurmagomedov’s subsequent retirement, Gaethje looks properly placed to problem for undisputed gold when once again in 2021.
Overeem’s again-to-again TKO finishes of Walt Harris and Augusto Sakai gave him his 1st unbeaten calendar year given that 2015, when Blaydes followed up a 2- year in 2019 with yet another in 2020, with victories around former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos and ex-Bellator champ Alexander Volkov. A four-combat successful streak sends Blaydes into 2021 with actual momentum.
It was also a big year for evergreen welterweight Neil Magny, who returned to his prolific preventing approaches in 2020 by fighting, and winning, a few situations. Magny picked up a trio of unanimous selections around Li Jingliang, Rocco Martin and previous welterweight winner Robbie Lawler to set him in a good posture heading into the new calendar year.
When its recognized stars cemented its elite qualifications, Elevation’s emerging talent also liked successes. Most notably, light-weight Drew Dober continued his extraordinary increase toward the light-weight elite by adding two considerable victories to his report. Dober’s back-to-back again finishes of fellow extremely rated prospective customers Nasrat Haqparast and Alexander Hernandez observed him conclusion 2020 with an honorable mention in the MMA Junkie/United states of america Right now Sporting activities light-weight rankings.
Elevation’s Shana Dobson manufactured one particular of the major upsets of the 12 months when she defeated Mariya Agapova at UFC on ESPN 15, when bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen bounced back again from a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 250 with a next-spherical TKO end of Marlon Moraes in his initially UFC main celebration at UFC Struggle Evening 179 in October.
It all included up to a favourable 12 months for the Colorado collective, which deservedly earns our accolade as MMA Junkie’s “Gym of the Year” for 2020.