I’ve known Ed for 8 years. He helped me get signed with American Top Team. He is one of the most well rounded MMA Trainers I know. Consider this, Ed Clay could compete at a professional level in ANY of the sports that are needed to be an MMA fighter. He's a black belt in BJJ, pro level Thai Boxer, college level wrestler, and most people don't know this, but his boxing is probably his biggest strength. His dedication to his students is admirable and his no nonsense, no BS approach to training has made him highly respected nationwide. I would recommend anyone to train at Nashville MMA as I have done a number of times over the years!
Jeff “The Snowman” Monson UFC & Pride Veteran Abu Dhabi World Champion
If you want to train real Mixed Martial Arts in the Nashville area, you
might as well train with one of the best trainers in the country. He has
been a part of my training camps over the years and I can tell you that Ed
Clay is one of the most well rounded MMA trainers around. Whether you want
to train BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing, or wrestling, Ed has extensive background
in everything. Ed was doing real MMA before people knew what real MMA was!
I can't imagine living in Nashville and not training with him...There is
no other choice but Nashville MMA!
Brandon “The Truth” Vera UFC Heavyweight Contender
To celebrate Nashville being one of the top three cities left in AMP Energy's
Hometown Takedown promotion, Corner Pub-Midtown (2000 Broadway, Nashville, Tenn.
37203-2411) will host a celebration starting at 7:30 CST on Wednesday, August 18, to get the city pumped about potentially hosting a December WEC fight. The winning city will be announced live during WEC 50 on Versus (8 p.m. CST), which fans can watch at the party. There is no cost to attend the event.
At the bar, fans will get an opportunity to win tickets to the December fight, as
well as T-shirts, signed WEC gloves and other prizes. Complimentary food will also be served. The AMP Energy Hometown Takedown promotion gave mixed martial arts fans in 30 cities the opportunity to determine the location of a future WEC fight.
Make sure you hurry to http://promo3.cfapromo.com/wec/vote.asp and vote for your hometown of Nashville, TN. We are in the final 3 cities right now to host the WEC event in December right here in The Music City. Don't wait! Voting ends this evening and the winner will be announced tonight on WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez live on Versus! Make your way down to Corner Pub-Midtown tonight at 7:30 to watch the fights and see who the lucky city is. They will also be giving away free tickets to WEC events, T-shirts, signed WEC fighter gloves and other prizes. They will also be serving complimentary food so don't miss out on this great opportunity! See ya there!
StrikeForce will be in Nashville on April 17th at the Bridgestone Center. Nashville MMA has three guys fighting. Dustin Ortiz, Dustin West and Josh Shockman all Gameness fighters will be fighting that night. Come on out and support the guys tickets are being sold at Nashville MMA.
Coach Shawn Hammonds will be competing this next weekend in Europe at IBJJF tournament. Shawn has been training hard and is ready to represent NMMA.
Coach will also be making his MMA debut on February 20th here in Nashville at the Tennessee Fairgrounds. You don't want to miss this buy your tickets directly from Coach.
This weekend Coach shawn and Coach Ray took up over 20 guys to compete at Ego in Louisville. NMMA completely dominated the tournament coming home with a 1st place team trophy in the GI and 3rd place in the No GI. Most of the guys have been training for less than a year. Again guys we are very proud of you and your accomplishments over this past year competing.
Nashville MMA took 13 competitors to New York this past weekend to compete at the 2009 No Gi Pan Ams. Coach Shawn was very proud of all the guys as they trained very hard and it showed as the team did well. below is our results:
Coach shawn: 1st place black belt
Spider: 3rd place in open and weight class black belt.
Ray Casias 2nd in open division and 1st in weight class black belt.
Cory Robison: 1st place brown belt.
David riley: 3rd place purple belt.
Jim Casey: 1st place in both weight division and open division purple belt.
Warren Gracie: 1st place purple belt.
Rachel Casias: 2nd place blue belt.
Dave Herman: 2nd place blue belt.
Dustin Ortiz: 3rd place blue belt.
Kenny degenhart, chris vining, and lance patrick all competed and did well. We are proud of all our members.
Judo Bill and Floyd Naughton competed last weekend in Brazil at the Master,Senior Worlds. Both guys closed out the Senior Two Blue belt Open Divisions Splitting the Championship. Bill and FLoyd both Placed it their wieght divisions. We at NMMA couldn't be any prouder of these two guys. Way to represent Team Lloyd Irvin and NMMA. You can see their picture on our photos page.
NMMA is sending 12 guys to the Pan Ams this year. The guys have been training very hard over the last 3 months. NMMA is taking the most guys from the Team LLoyd Irvin Camp. So if you get a chance wish them all good luck as they will be reprenting NMMA.
NMMA took up 10 competitors this weekend to the Lutador in Atlanta. All our guys and Gals did awesome. Rachel M and Chris M both split the womens blue belt title. Floyd N. Took 3rd place in the blue belt division. Klye D. took 3rd in his blue belt div. but should have took 1st bad Ref. Jonathan M also took 3rd in his blue belt division. Chad W took 1st in his purple belt division. other competitors from NMMA where Nickolas N., David, Country and Coach Ray. Every one did great and represented Team NMMA.
Cory Robison and Bryan Tidwell have been in DC for the past week Training with Master Lloyd Irvin. They both competed this weekend at the NAGA in Virginia. BOth Cory and Bryan shared the Purple belt 1st place medal this weekend submiting all their competition. Congrats guys and way to represent Team NMMA/Shawn Hammonds.
Cory Robison just got back from Spain from competing at the European National Championships. Cory Took the Gold metal in the purple divison. We couldn't be any prouder of Cory. His training is what we all should be striving for in our own game. We also had two other members of Team Lloyd Irvin compete. JT Torres came home with the gold metal in the brown belt division and Jared Wiener came in 2nd place in the black belt divison. Go team Lloyd Irvin!
Nashville MMA in cooperation with the Nashville Alcohol and Drug council hosted a training event for Camp Summer Sign, which is a part of the Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church.
During the fun filled two our event, children learned take downs, sparred with UFC Veteran Josh Shockman in the boxing ring, and then sat in the cage for a question and answer period.
“Thanks again for doing this,” said Laura Lekowicz who arranged the event.
This was the third time the kids came for training and they hope to be back later this summer.
The Tennessee Legislature approved a bill legalizing Mixed Martial Arts today. The bill passed with overwhelming support in both houses. The Senate approved a modified version of the bill with a vote of 30-0. The House voted 91-0 to adopt the final bill.
Legislators hope that bringing the sport to Tennessee will generate significant tax revenue for the state. Senator Doug Jackson stated on the Senate floor, “Passing this bill means a potential 100 million dollars in economic impact for our state.”
The sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the fastest growing sport in the nation. The sport made popular by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the 1990’s has grown into a booming industry. The first major network television broadcast of a MMA event is scheduled for May 31, on CBS.
The House Sponsor of the bill, Curry Todd (D) Nashville, was a key player in making Mixed Martial Arts a reality in Tennessee. Passage of the bill was in danger Tuesday morning when the Senators began fighting over who would receive the proceeds from the tax revenue. Todd and Jackson were able to broker a deal with Senate Republicans and the bill passed in the final hours of this year’s legislative session.
“I’m relieved, happy, and exited!” said Ed Clay, owner of the Nashville Mixed Martial Arts Academy (NMMA). “It means so much for our fighters to be able to fight in front of their home crowd.”
NMMA students were in force with signs early Tuesday morning at the Legislative Plaza. When passage became questionable, the call was made and more students came to the State Capital.
“Thank you for being here to show your support,” Rep. Todd told Clay.
A new State Athletic Commission must be formed before the fights can take place. The first Gameness Fighting Championships should begin in August.
Congratulations to our kids team which won the NAGA Nationals Team Trophy. Our kids won 12 gold medals, 7 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals. A special thanks to coaches Floyd and Marc for leading our team to victory.