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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.

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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.

Fall Fights

Oct 29 - MMA Institute traveled to Martinsburg, West Virginia to feature three debut fighters at the Hard Knocks Cage Fights.  Congratulations to Carsyn Nash and Devin Davenport for making their MMA debut.  Chelsea McCoy added to her MMA and Muay Thai experience when she made her boxing debut!

Nov 12 - David Gladfelter will have his 2nd Muay Thai fight at Thai Championship Boxing in Ashburn, VA.  MMA Institute Charlottesville fighters are also showing up in force: Chris Taft, Randy Fitzgerald, Dotson Carter, Eleazar Perez and Steven Loria will be featured as well.

Nov 12 - Jarrett Bryant and Derrick Borlie return to the cage at EWC in Roanoke

Nov 18 - Pro fighters Tevin Cooke and Dashawn Boatwright will be competing at Ring of Combat in Atlantic City, NJ

Nov 23 - Pro fighter George Sheppard will be competing at CES MMA in Rhode Island

New 7:00 AM Classes

Students who want to get extra BJJ and grappling instruction are invited to attend our new 7:00 am classes Monday-Thursday.  

Monday and Wednesday 7:00 AM - Bring a clean Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gi

Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 AM - Grappling is no-gi

Kettlebell Workshop - NEW DATE

November's Introductory Kettlebell Workshop for new students has been moved to Sunday, November 20th.  Please sign up in advance at the front desk to reserve your spot!

Clark Gracie Seminar

MMA Institute Clark Gracie Seminar

Reserve your spot today!  Register at MMA Institute, 6415 Jahnke Road or click here to register online (select special events tab)