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June is Full of Fights

June is here and it is a BIG month for the MMA Institute in Richmond Virginia and our fight team. We have 7 upcoming professional and amateur MMA fights in the cage! Starting the month off we have Tevin Cooke and Michael Lawrence representing MMA INSTITUTE in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the Ring of Combat promotions.They will be fighting three rounds of five minutes for the victory. Both fighters fight at 145 and will fight on June 2nd starting at 7:00PM ET.

The following week, two of our amateur fighters will step into the cage to demonstrate and represent the techniques of MMA INSTITUTE. Carsyn Nash and Lamar Barnett will be fighting three rounds of three minutes Lamar fighting at 155 and Carsyn fighting at 125. Barnett is making his MMA debut with his teammate, Nash, on June 10th in Fredericksburg Virginia for the Battle FC promotions.

That same day we have another debut at the professional level; Ben Allen will be representing MMA Institute in Ohio at RFO on June 10th at the professional level for the first time! He will be fighting at the 145-pound weight division!

And to finish the month off on June 17th we have two more amateur fighters stepping into the cage, one at the 145-pound division and the other at 135 pounds. Luke Hunsaker and Ahmad Hicks will step into the cage at 7:00PM in Virginia Beach for the Spartyka Fight League promotions. Luke will be fighting three rounds of three minutes for the win; Ahmad will be fighting three rounds of five minutes for the championship!

Our fight team is one of the hardest working and determined group of mixed martial artists in the state and we cannot wait to see them claim their victories!  

Pulling for a Good Cause

Davis & Green Electrical invited MMA Institute to participate in their 3rd Annual Tug of War.  MMA Institute helped raise over $11,500 for this local hospital hospitality house. 

MMA Institute had one of the fastest wins in the contest.  Check out the monsters who participated below.

A big thank you to Greg Green and everyone at Davis & Green Electrical for continuously bringing the community together for a good cause!

Tug of War Benefit

More Classes Now Available

Early birds now have more class options:

7:00 AM Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Mondays and Wednesdays

7:00 AM Grappling: Tuesdays and Thursdays


Mid-day rollers also welcome:

12 Noon Grappling Class on Tuesdays and Thursdays


Evening Yoga has also been added:

7:00 PM Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays



Another Night in New Jersey

MMA Institute professional fighters, Mike Lawrence and Dashawn Boatwright did what they do best this past Saturday, December 17th at Global Proving Ground 27 in New Jersey.

Mike Lawrence MMA Institute

Mike Lawrence dominated the bout to win by unanimous decision. 

He controlled every aspect of the fight, winning the striking exchanges standing, finishing the take-downs, winning the grappling and raining down the ground and pound.


Dashawn Boatwright is the new Light Heavy Weight World Champion!

Dashawn Boatwright MMA Institute    Adam Crist on wrote:

In the co-main event of the evening, Dashawn “Buck the 400lb Silverback” Boatwright (MMA Institute) delivered on  his pre-fight prediction in stopping Eric Ellerbee for the GPG light heavyweight title. Although, he called his shot for the stoppage to happen in the 2nd round, he was more than happy to get the 4th round TKO stoppage.Boatwright’s plan couldn’t have been executed any better. Ellerbee, known for his standup prowess,  was never able to get a solid rhythm from start to finish. Instead, Boatwright spent most of the contest clinching his opponent against the fence to ultimately score the takedown. Time and time again.  Boatwright would follow with peppering shots in the clinch or on the ground, which ultimately  took its toll as Ellerbee bagan to whither as the contest went into championship rounds. Finally, Ellerbee was spent from the pressure, clinch fighting, and fighting off of his back. Boatwright smelled blood in the water and began  battering Ellerbee to the point that referee, Bill Bookwalter made the wise decision to stop the contest,  declaring Dashawn Boatwright the GPG light heavyweight champion in round 4 via TKO.