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Hard Knocks 365, UFC, Titan FC, and LFA

Another busy week for us in the books and this time the cameras were on since Monday. As most of you know by now, Stefan Struve will be facing Alexander Volkov in Rotterdam for UFC Fight Night 115; Struve will be headlining the event in a bid to get his career back on track after having discovered in 2013 his aortic valve was leaking. A UFC film crew stopped by on Wednesday to interview Struve and capture some cool footage of Hard Knocks 365. We will be posting those on our facebook and snippets of it on our Instagram. Be on the lookout.

Ditto for Luke Rockhold. Yesterday (Thursday) and today (Friday), UFC film crews were busy filming Rockhold, as he too is looking to get his MMA career back on track after a knee injury ruled him out for a bout against Ronaldo Souza. Rockhold professed his loyalty to his California native American Kickboxing Academy, but was still grateful to train with Henri Hooft, Greg Jones and Kami Barzini under our roof. He (like Struve) will be headlining his own UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh, taking on David Branch. The million dollar question remains though: when will he get a shot at Michael Bisping for round 3? We can only wait.

Good luck to them both.

Now for the up-and-comers this weekend.

Steven Mowry and Demarques Jackson, two of Hooft’s young prospects whom are HK365 regulars, will be at Titan FC 45 locally here in the Fort Lauderdale area. Steven will look to improve upon his 1-0 clean record as he takes on Dustin Clements, while Demarques with a 6-1 record, will go toe-to-toe with Luciano Dos Santos. We will be ringside cheering them on! Tyler Ray, another of Hooft’s up-and-comers, is all the way in Sioux Falls, SD, for LFA 19 versus J.P. Saint Louis. We’re all hoping for 3-out-of-3 wins to cap off the week.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more updates.

Hard Knocks 365 Opens All-New Training Facility At Xtreme Action Park

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Knocks 365 (HK365), an all-access fitness training center, is pleased to announce it is open for business at Xtreme Action Park, South Florida’s premier indoor entertainment complex. Within the walls of the 30,000-square-foot facility there is an indoor field turf, soccer field (coming soon), two fully-sized basketball courts, heavy bags, fully-equipped weight room, 4,500 square feet of matting for combat training, men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers, and more. All your fitness & sports performance goals can be achieved under one roof!

The venue has three core functions; sports performance training (XPE Sports), combat training (kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu) and basketball (House of Hoops 365). With this instilled variety, there is something for everyone under the Hard Knocks 365 roof. The gym’s already existing roster of professional athletes includes MMA fighters Michael Johnson, Robbie Lawler, Volkan Oezdemir and Michael Chandler, as well as NFL players like Darrelle Revis, Anquan Boldin, Mark Ingram, Pierre Garçon and Byron Maxwell.

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UFC Fight Night 114, The Buffalo Bills, and Soccer

There was so much happening inside and outside of ours walls this week that there should almost be two separate blogs.

I’ll start off with perhaps the most controversial incident of this past week, and that’s Andre Soukhamthath’s (whom is a HK365 regular) bout versus Alejandro Perez at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico in the bantamweight division. Perez won by split decision, but did he really? After a killer left jab, Soukhamthath had sat down Perez for the third time by the second round. You would think that this would have won over the judges seeing as Andre clearly had the first 2 rounds in his pocket, but apparently all it took was a takedown by Perez in the third round to win the fight via split decision. The consensus on social media was uniform. Soukhamthath had been effectively robbed, and after a heart-felt post on his Instagram saying he will come back stronger and outlining the deficiencies of the scoring in the fight, it was clear as day the fight should have been his. The Asian Sensation is going to have an uphill battle going forward, but his resolve has now never been stronger. Keep your head up, Andre.

That was outside of our walls, on the inside, Luke Rockhold (whom needs no introduction), stopped by our facility as part of his upcoming training camp as he looks to take on David Branch in a bid to revitalize his career after a grueling injury and a loss to Michael Bisping.

In other upcoming fighting news, two of our H-kickboxing instructors, Tyler Ray and Demarques Jackson, will both be coincidentally fighting next week on the 18th, with LFA and Titan Fighting, respectively. They’ve been cutting hard and training harder as they look to cement their pro careers under Henri Hooft and Greg Jones.

Now in non-fighter related news, Jose Kleberson, whom is a world-cup winner with Brazil alongside soccer greats Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, stopped by with his U-17 team that he coaches, “Miramar United”, for a fitness clinic courtesy of XPE. This clinic was part of a series of free seminars that XPE has been offering to the community not only to fortify our community relations, but to spread the word on the importance of fitness in one’s everyday life.

And finally, Superbowl winner Anquan Boldin, another Hard Knocks 365 regular under XPE’s Tony Villani’s instruction, has just inked a 1-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. The 36-year old has been busy training hard with Villani for the past months and now he can enjoy the fruits of his labor. After an illustrious career in the NFL, Boldin is looking to finalize his playing days with a bang.

Check out our Instagram for more updates and be sure to like us on facebook!

 

WINFIELD ASSOCIATES, INC. Now Holds $1 thousand Worth Of Alliance MMA, Inc.

Xtreme Action Park is quickly growing into the largest all-ages indoor entertainment complex in the United States. Located in Fort Lauderdale Florida, Xtreme Action Park features a unique mix of indoor attractions including bowling, go-karts, skating, a Hard Knocks 365 sports training facility, and a sports bar. The entire facility is open to the public.

“Bringing the sport of MMA inside our Family Entertainment Venue is an innovation the market wants,” said David Goldfarb, Managing Partner at Xtreme Action Park. “We’re eager to showcase South Florida’s young MMA athletes.”

In addition to the three professional MMA events at Xtreme Action Park, Fight Time Promotions will re-launch their popular all-amateur events which will take place the night before the pro shows. Fight Time Promotions is the longest-running MMA promotion in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market, having launched Fight Time 1 in 2010 under the leadership of the late Howard Davis Jr., 1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist and Boxing Hall-of-famer.

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Hooft Kickboxing Takes UFC 214 By Storm

I think this week’s blog title explains enough. In case you’ve been living under a rock (or simply don’t follow MMA), both Volkan Oezdemir and Robbie Lawler whom train under Henri Hooft, won both of their fights in stellar fashion over the weekend at UFC 214 at Anaheim in California.

Volkan faced third-ranked Jimi Manuwa as part of the main card. True to Volkan’s nickname, “no time”, the fight indeed took no time. With 42 seconds gone, Manuwa was on the floor after he caught one of Volkan’s heavy-handed left hooks. A flurry of hammerfists proceeded to rain down on Manuwa’s face. His fate was sealed. The referee put an end to the carnage, and Volkan had effectively won the “Fight of the Night” accolade. Even UFC President Dana White, “jumped out of his seat and yelled ‘holy sh*t’”, in his own words.

Lawler, ruthless as ever, won by unanimous decision after a heavy-fisted third round, having faced Donald Cerrone, also part of the main card. Cerrone later admitted to the press that Lawler was indeed the more aggressive fighter which served well to win over the judges. Lawler is now poised to take on Jorge Masvidal at UFC 2017, according to various reports.

In “lesser” news, Deco Drive from Miami, hosted by Chris Van Vliet, stopped by for some interviews with a few of our fighters. Our phones immediately started ringing after they aired their piece on us on channel 7 the morning after!

Lastly, we’ve inked a 5-year deal with Howard Davis Jr.’s “Fight Time Promotions”. More on that in a separate post on our blog.

Fight Time Promotions Inks 5-Event Deal with Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alliance MMA, Inc. (“Alliance MMA” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:AMMA), a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) company that brings together the best regional productions to build the next generation of MMA champions, announced today the commencement of a new venue deal with Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Fight Time Promotions will continue its 2017 MMA season in the new location, which is Florida’s largest indoor entertainment venue and offers meeting space in fort lauderdale.

“We’re very excited to call Xtreme Action Park our new home,” said Karla Guadamuz-Davis, co-founder of Fight Time Promotions and General Manager. “Our fans, fighters and corporate sponsors will love this new venue, and we’re ecstatic to partner with the amazing people behind this facility.”

Xtreme Action Park is quickly growing into the largest all-ages indoor entertainment complex in the United States and is now offering after school programs in fort lauderdale. Located in Fort Lauderdale Florida, Xtreme Action Park features a unique mix of indoor attractions including bowling, go-karts, skating, a Hard Knocks 365 sports training facility, and a sports bar. The entire facility is open to the public.

“Bringing the sport of MMA inside our Family Entertainment Venue is an innovation the market wants,” said David Goldfarb, Managing Partner at Xtreme Action Park. “We’re eager to showcase South Florida’s young MMA athletes.”

In addition to the three professional MMA events at Xtreme Action Park, Fight Time Promotions will re-launch their popular all-amateur events which will take place the night before the pro shows. Fight Time Promotions is the longest-running MMA promotion in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market, having launched Fight Time 1 in 2010 under the leadership of the late Howard Davis Jr., 1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist and Boxing Hall-of-famer.

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Train like professional athletes at Hard Knocks 365

Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale is filled with enough games and activities to keep you busy for days. Their latest addition will put a sweaty smile on the faces of every gym rat in So-Flo. Deco’s Chris Van Vliet has all the deets on the new workout destination.

We’ve been to Xtreme Action Park a few times over the last year or so. Actually, the last time I was there, I was reporting live 20 feet above the ground on their ropes course. Now, they’ve got something that lets you train like a pro athlete — while training with pro athletes.

Xtreme Action Park is the largest indoor entertainment venue in Florida.

You name it, and this Fort Lauderdale fun factory has it — go-karts, roller skating, tons of games, and now they’ve added a mind-blowing new space called “Hard Knocks 365.”

Tony Villani: “Hard Knocks 365 is like a coming together of a lot of sports training and fitness and sports disciplines under one roof.”

If you’re a professional or amateur athlete looking for a place to get a complete workout, your search has ended.

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UFC 214 and Expansion

Our first two full operational weeks have gone off without a hitch. As always we’ve had a lot going on both inside and outside of our walls since we had our soft opening.

Firstly, in the coming weeks, we will initiate our exterior phase which will consist of adding an AstroTurf similar to our XPE Sports one, but outside. This section will be fenced off and be utilized for the more “outdoorsy” activities or exercises, like 5-on-5 soccer, cardio training, and more. If you haven’t seen our proposed renderings, check out our homepage and scroll towards the bottom.

Now, in even more exciting news, as most of you know, UFC 214 is this Saturday. However, this edition of UFC is near and dear to all of us at Hard Knocks 365, as Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler, and Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir will be fighting Donald Cerrone and Jimi Manuwa, respectively, as part of the main card. The two frequent at Hard Knocks 365 under the tutelage of Henri Hooft and Greg Jones.

Yes, this is a huge event for us, and naturally we’ll be rooting for Robbie and Volkan no matter what. Some stats on both of them:

Lawler:

  • Nationality: American
  • Record: 27-11-0, 1 NC
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Reach: 74 in

Oezdemir:

  • Nationality: Swiss
  • Record: 14-1-0
  • Weight: 205 lbs.
  • Reach: 75 in

We weren’t kidding when we said we were going to have some of the biggest names at our venue.

It’s on at 10pm ET! Don’t forget to catch it, and as always, follow our Instagram and blog for more updates.

New Beginnings

As you all already know, we had our “grand” (soft) opening on Monday and it was a great success due to the huge turnout. Many big names partook in the all-day clinics along with our regular members. All 3 of our head-instructors were in full-force and as such the Sun Sentinel stopped by to cover our opening. Greg Jones, our head of wrestling, also made his debut on the mat and held a very intense, all-pro seminar covering grappling and wrestling.

Additionally, as some of you might have seen, we are coming out with our clothing line that will be suited for working out as well. That is still in the works but once we launch it, we will have all sorts of HK365 merchandise made and available for sale. However, for now, if you see a Hard Knocks 365 t-shirt, shoot us an email! You might just win one if it’s your lucky day.

In fighting news, two of our Hooft-kickboxing instructors, Demarques Johnson and Tyler Ray will be fighting in Pembroke Pines and South Dakota, respectively. Be sure to catch their fights on fight-pass and give them all the support you can! Also, our HK-365 family member Danny Roberts knocked out Bobby Nash over the weekend at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, under the teachings of Henri Hooft.

Our first week of official operations was a success, and now with our mission underway, we’ve got a lot of work to do. If you’ve seen us, or heard about us, ask about us. Feel free to stop by any time at our facility located in Fort Lauderdale, even it’s just to swing by and chat. We work hard but play hard too.
On a last note, our XPE classes are filling up, so be sure to get in touch if you’re interested!

Be sure to follow our Instagram, facebook, and youtube pages for updates.

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