FIGHT CLUB

UFC’S STATE-OF-THE-ART PER­FOR­MANCE IN­STI­TUTE GETS READY TO RUM­BLE.

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY MATT KELEMEN

UFC’S state-of-the-art Per­for­mance In­sti­tute get ready to rum­ble.

It’s early in the year, and Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship COO Lawrence Ep­stein is lead­ing a tour of the mixed mar­tial arts or­ga­ni­za­tion’s mas­sive new Cor­po­rate Cam­pus and Per­for­mance In­sti­tute. “Ev­ery­thing is on sched­ule” for its May open­ing, Ep­stein says. “You can re­ally vi­su­al­ize what’s go­ing to hap­pen with ath­letes us­ing the fa­cil­ity.”

Ac­tu­ally, it’s dif­fi­cult to en­vi­sion un­less you can imag­ine more than 500 finely tuned UFC fight­ers along with a 250-plus mem­ber staff at the UFC Ath­lete Re­treat, which will bring them all to­gether in the 30,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity for two days right af­ter the open­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence the ameni­ties they’ll have free ac­cess to. Six miles south­west of UFC’S Ve­gas event venue, T-mo­bile Arena, fight­ers will train with top-shelf equip­ment in en­vi­ron­ments that sim­u­late train­ing in higher al­ti­tudes; in­door and out­door tracks; and even pain man­age­ment with laser tech­nol­ogy and cryother­apy. Up­stairs, fight­ers will be able to an­a­lyze their spar­ring tech­nique via cam­era anal­y­sis and mo­tion cap­ture tech­nol­ogy while they work out.

The In­sti­tute was de­signed to have cross­over ap­peal, since other pro­fes­sional ath­letes and celeb clients of par­ent com­pany WME/IMG will have ac­cess, too. Still, Ep­stein em­pha­sizes, the In­sti­tute is all about UFC’S fight­ers. “First the fa­cil­ity needs to ac­com­mo­date our ath­letes,” he says, “but we see op­por­tu­nity for work­ing with ath­letes from other sports. Las Ve­gas is turn­ing into one of the great­est sports towns any­where in the world.” 21 Com­plex Dr.; ufc­gym.com

“LAS VE­GAS IS TURN­ING INTO ONE OF THE GREAT­EST SPORTS TOWNS ANY­WHERE IN THE WORLD.” — LAWRENCE EP­STEIN

The UFC’S new Per­for­mance In­sti­tute will in­clude a full- size oc­tagon and bag-train­ing area with cam­era anal­y­sis to help fight­ers hone their tech­nique.

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