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Matt Hughes’ home-base gets new ownership

The training center also known as home to UFC welterweight icon Matt Hughes and hard-hitting middleweight Robbie Lawler received a recent makeover at the hands of accomplished fighter, businessman, and new owner Jesse Finney who is best known for his work at Finney’s MMA in St. Louis, Missouri. The Illinois facility will now be known as Finney’s HIT Squad and will retain its core group of trainers including Hughes, Kyle Watson, and Marc Fiore.

In an official press release on the matter Finney explained, “H.I.T. Squad is already considered one of the top MMA gyms in the world. Our goal is to make it THE top MMA gym. We have already begun making improvements to both training facilities, improvements that will ultimately generate bigger and better opportunities for our fighters as we evolve.”

One of the additions mentioned was a newly installed full-size competition cage.

“I fully support the change in ownership and look forward to working with Finney and his team,” said Hughes of the news. “This is a positive change that will generate new opportunities for the gym and make the HIT Squad brand even stronger….(it) has added value to the facility and our stable of fighters has already increased from 40 to 80. We are all very excited about the direction the gym is going.”

Other HIT Squad fighters include UFC veterans Matt Veach and Jon Madsen.

PHOTO CREDIT – Finney’s HIT Squad

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