Edge MMA & Fitness has had close ties with the UFC and other top MMA Organizations for over 20 years. Below are some of those ties that we are extremely proud of:
UFC World Champion Maurice Smith (above L) is an MMA Superstar that's a good friend to Edge MMA! In the picture (above R) are UFC World Champion & Olympic Wrestling Champion Kevin Jackson, UFC Veteran & U.S. Pankration Team Coach Keith Hackney, UFC Hall of Famer & U.S. Pankration Team Coach Ken Shamrock, U.S. Pankration Team Coach & 8X U.S. Grappling Team Coach Sheldon Marr, and UFC World Champion Maurice (Mo) Smith were the Coaching Staff for the Ultimate Training Camp 2001. Mo is without a doubt, an MMA Pioneer, and a UFC Legend!
The UFC's Brandon "Rukus" Thatch is a great friend to Edge MMA, who attends our workouts and is always welcome! The Marr-Thatch relationship is decades old, as just like Nick Marr and Brandon train together today, their fathers Coach Marr and Clarence Thatch trained together (and Coach Marr cornered Clarence) over 20 years ago! Brandon is a raising star in the UFC who recently headlined in a great fight against former UFC Champion Benson Henderson!
UFC Champion & UFC Hall of Famer Dan "The Beast" Severn (above) is a great friend to Edge MMA! Coach Marr and Dan have been friends since 1995, and Dan has run practices for us when he's in town, he's also done seminars at the Edge, and Coach Marr even had the pleasure of cornering the beast in one of his (over 100 MMA) wins... The picture (above left) shows the Beast and some of the Edge Crew after a great Edge practice!
The UFC's Timmy Gorman (above) first stopped by Edge MMA when he was driving from his home in Iowa to the Ultimate Fighter Try-outs in Las Vegas, Nevada. Timmy had heard of Edge and wanted to get a workout in with us... He enjoyed the training and ended up staying an extra day or two to get some more! Timmy ended up making the Ultimate Fighter Series and later earning a UFC contract, and now trains full time at the Alliance Training Center in San Diego, CA which is also home to the UFC's Brandon Vera, Dominic Cruz, Alexander Gustafsson and Myles Jury. Whenever Timmy is driving between his home in Iowa and his job in California, he always stops in to see and train with his friends at Edge MMA & Fitness!
One of the Original UFC Legends is Keith "The Giant Killer" Hackney (above)... Coach Marr met Keith at the UFC's "Ultimate - Ultimate" (Tournament of Champions) in 1995 and they have been close friends ever since. Keith was the first Head Coach of the U.S. Pankration Team, and he chose Ken Shamrock and Coach Marr (and later Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz) to help him coach the Team. Keith and Coach Marr have taught seminars in each other's schools, and Keith, Ken and Coach Marr were all inducted into the Pankration Hall of Fame!
Anthony Johnson (above L) one of the biggest names in the UFC today, had one of his UFC training camps here at Edge MMA, and had Edge Black Belt Eric Koble in his corner for the fight! Coach Marr had the pleasure of coaching undefeated Bellator MMA Champion (& NCAA Champion & Olympic Wrestler) Ben Askren (above R) at the 2009 World Grappling Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Ben earned the Gold Medal in his weight class, and the USA won the Team Title!
Mark Schultz (above) was the first Olympian (and Olympic Champion) to compete in the UFC. Coach Marr knew Mark's brother Dave when they wrestled in high school together in the 70's then spent some time together when Coach lived at the Olympic Training Center and Dave would travel through. Coach met Mark in the 90's when Mark taught a few seminars at Edge, then Coach, Mark and Keith Hackney coached the U.S. Pankration Team to a World Team Title in 2000. Coach considers Mark to be one of his closest friends, and says Mark is one of the greatest athletes he has ever seen... Both Mark and his brother Dave won NCAA, World and Olympic Gold, and Channing Tatum (above right) plays Mark in the 2014 Academy Award nominated movie "Foxcatcher"!
"Cowboy" Donald Cerrone (above, one of the UFC's biggest stars) started his MMA Career here in Denver Colorado. While competing in the "Ring of Fire" shows, Coach Marr judged a couple of his fights, commentated on a couple of his fights, and for a while Cowboy even had a membership here at Edge MMA!
One of the Original UFC Legends and UFC Hall of Famer is Ken "The World's Most Dangerous Man" Shamrock (above)... Coach Marr met Ken at the UFC's "Ultimate - Ultimate" (Tournament of Champions) in 1995 and they have been close friends ever since. The UFC's Keith Hackney was the first Head Coach of the U.S. Pankration Team, and he chose Ken and Coach Marr (and later Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz) to help him coach the Team. Ken, Keith and Coach Marr also taught seminars nationally from 1998 to 2001, and were all inducted into the World Pankration Hall of Fame!
UFC Fighter John "Prince" Albert (above) met Nick Marr in the Semi-Finals of the 2013 U.S. World Grappling Team Trials. The match was arguably the best match of the tournament, but the outcome was questionable... John went on to win the tournament and make the U.S. Team, Nick went on to make the U.S. MMA Team, so they were Teammates at the 2013 FILA World Championships, and were both coached there by Coach Marr! After viewing the tape, John told Nick "You beat me"... After that, John took 3rd at the World Grappling Championships and Nick took 2nd at the MMA Wold Championships and they've been good friends ever since. As a matter of fact, John and his brother James represented Team Edge at the 2014 U.S. Team Trials!
The UFC's Houston Alexander (above), along with his Coach Mick Doyle and others from Mick's Omaha Gym had one of Houston's UFC Training Camps here at Edge MMA. Coach Marr and Coach Doyle remain friends today, and so do our two schools!
UFC World Champion, Olympic Wrestling Champion, World Wrestling Champion, Olympic Team Coach and Olympic Training Center Coach Kevin Jackson (above) is a great friend of Edge MMA! Kevin, Ken Shamrock, Keith Hackney, Maurice Smith and Coach Marr were the Coaching Staff for the Ultimate Training Camp 2001; Kevin also ran a seminar for the Edge High School Wrestling Program; and Kevin also coached Nick Marr in Wrestling at the Olympic Training Center Nick's Senior year of High School!
Coach Marr had the pleasure of coaching one of the World's greatest Grappler's when he coached the UFC Veteran (and ADCC and 3X FILA World Grappling Champion) Jeff "The Snowman" Monson (above L) at the 2007 World Grappling Championships in Antalya, Turkey, the 2008 World Grappling Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the 2012 World Grappling Championships in Krakow, Poland! Coach Marr had the pleasure of coaching the UFC's Jacob "Feelgood" Volkmann (above R) at the 2008 World Grappling Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland and the 2009 World Grappling Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The NCAA All-American won the Gold in 2008 and the Silver in 2009!
Mark "The Titan" Kerr (above) is another good friend to Coach Marr and to Edge MMA as well. Mark is a UFC World Champion, a PRIDE Champion, an ADCC World Champion, and an NCAA Champion who had one of his MMA Training Camps right here at Edge MMA!
Edge MMA's "Sick" Nick Marr was asked to join the UFC's Myles "The Fury" Jury (above) at the Alliance Training Center in San Diego, CA for a 6-week Training Camp to help "The Fury" train for his fight against Diego Sanchez. The Alliance Training Center is also home to the UFC's Brandon Vera, Dominic Cruz, Alexander Gustafsson, and our good friend Timmy Gorman!
Lisa (Ward) Ellis and Tara Larosa (above) are two of the biggest names in both Women's Grappling and Women's MMA. Both competed on the UFC's Ultimate Fighter, and Coach Marr had the pleasure of coaching them both at the 2007 World Grappling Championships in Antalya, Turkey, the 2008 World Grappling Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, the 2009 World Grappling Championships Ft. Lauderdale. FL, the 2010 World Grappling Championships in Krakow, Poland, and he also coached Lisa at the 2011 World Grappling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia!
Lumumba "Heavy Hands" Sayers (above knocking out Antwain Britt in Strikforce's Main Event) is a product of Edge MMA! Our Lumumba is the Fight to Win Middleweight Champion, the Rocky Mountain Bad Boyz Middleweight Champion and he also fought in PCF, and King of the Cage. Lumumba is also a 2X National Pancrase Grappling Champion, and is presently helping teach classes at the Edge!
The UFC's Miesha Tate (above) is one of the top fighters and one of the top stars in the UFC today. Coach Marr had the pleasure of coaching Miesha at the 2008 World Grappling Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland and the 2009 World Grappling Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Miesha was a Silver Medalist in 2008... Miesha, Ronda Rousey and Edge's Lumumba Sayers all fought on several cards together in the Strikeforce organization!
Nate "The Great" Marquardt (above) grew up, trains and lives here in the Denver, CO area, and we've been privileged enough to have Nate train with us on a few occasions. Nate who continues to be one of the best in the sport, was the "King of Pancrase" and also fought Anderson Silva for the UFC Title. Above right: Nate raises 17 year old Nick Marr's hand as the 2002 U.S. Men's Flyweight National Pancrase Champion!
UFC Veteran Pat Smith is known to everyone that watched the first UFCs in the early 90's, or anyone that has watched the "UFC's Greatest Knockouts" DVD! Pat is another Local Denver Fighter, and Pat has trained with us here at Edge MMA many times over the decades!
Ricky Lundell (above) has been the Grappling Coach to Frank Mir and other UFC Fighters for several years, he was "Team Tate's" Grappling Coach on the Ultimate Fighter, and now he's the first Coach to be the Grappling Coach for BOTH Teams on the Ultimate Fighter Series! Coach Marr first had the pleasure of coaching Ricky on the U.S. Team at the 2007 World Grappling Championships in Antalya, Turkey. The following year, Ricky joined and represented Team Edge at the 2008 U.S. Team Trials, where he won another National Title followed by his 2nd World Title at the 2008 World Grappling Championships in Lucern, Switzerland. Ricky also competed in two Pancrase National Championships for Team Edge, both of which he won Gold along with the Absolute Title in 2010.
A great product of America Top Team (and Coach Ricardo Liborio's) is one of the top women's MMA Fighters in the World,
Jessica "JAG" Aguilar (above). Coach Marr had the pleasure of coaching Jessica to Gold Medals in the 2009 World Grappling Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and the 2010 World Grappling Championships in Krakow, Poland!
Larry "The Violater" Parker (above L)- Wolrd Superfight & Bas Rutten Light Heavyweight Champion, also fought in PRIDE, Pancrase, Kingdom, ADCC, IFC. Larry was also a 2X National Jiu Jitsu Champion from Edge MMA & Fitness!
Coach Marr had the pleasure of coaching Bellator Champion & UFC Fighter Zack Makovsky (above) at both the 2009 World Grappling Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and the 2010 World Grappling Championships in 2010. Zack took Gold Medals in both events!
Ron "H2O" Waterman (above) started his MMA career right here at Edge MMA! Ron used to drive down from Greeley, CO two or three times a week to train with us and won his first fight in the UFC while he was training here regularly. Ron later went on to fight most of his MMA career in Japan in Pancrase, PRIDE and other organizations... Ron has had some great fights against some of the best fighters in the world!
Coach Marr had the pleasure of coaching both Sara McMann (above L) and Shayna Baszler (above R) at the 2009 World Grappling Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where Sara earned the Gold and Shayna earned the Bronze. Both have gone on to fight in the UFC. Shayna fought on the Ultimate Fighter as well, and Sara has fought for the UFC Title. Long before the 2009 World Championships, Shayna also trained at Edge MMA on occasion when she traveled to/through Denver, Colorado.
The UFC's Cole Miller and Din Thomas (above) are 2 more great athletes of American Top Team (& Coach Ricardo Liborio)'s that Coach Marr had the pleasure of coaching at the 2009 & 2010 World Grappling Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Krakow, Poland.