The world of mixed martial arts is filled with all sorts of debates and unanswered questions. The UFC is the measuring stick thus far and its fighters are prove they belong as the top echelon martial arts competitors in the world, but it’s widely agreed upon that while this is not a team sport, a coaching staff is essential in finding success inside of the octagon. Coconut Creek, Florida’s American Top Team is the only team that currently holds multiple UFC championships in the form of the UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes and UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. The other eight current champions each hail from different training teams, which is what makes the current MMA landscape that much more interesting. This begs the question of which MMA camp is today’s best in the UFC.
Honorable Mention: The current UFC flyweight champion and #1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter, Demetrious Johnson just tied Anderson Silva’s record of 10 consecutive title defenses against Wilson Reis last month. Johnson is aligned with his longtime coach Matt “The Wizard” Hume who heads the AMC Pankration team out of Kirkland, Washington. While Johnson is the only UFC fighter under the Pankration banner, it doesn’t discredit his gym’s 93% winning percentage. The sample size might not be much, but the proof is in the pudding. Johnson is a great option for being the sole UFC fighter to come out of AMC Pankration.
Honorable Mention: Current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic sits behind Jose Aldo on the pound-for-pound list and hails from Cleveland, Ohio and is a part-time firefighter when he is not swinging leather he is training with the Strong Style training camp who once was linked with current UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. Miocuc credits Strong Style for his 11-2 record, which equates an 84% win rate for the baddest man on the planet.
Sitting behind Johnson on the pound-for-pound list is the Notorious Conor McGregor who is currently the UFC lightweight champion and technically never lost his featherweight championship despite being stripped of it due to inactivity. McGregor hails from Straight Blast Gym Ireland under head coach, and 2017 World MMA Awards Coach of the Year, John Kavanagh. Kavanagh currently has six of his fighters under the UFC banner, including McGregor. The team consisting of McGregor, Gunnar Nelson, Artem Lobov, Markwan Amirkhani, Aisling Daly and Patrick Holohan combines for a 24-10 record, which equates a 70.5 win percentage.
Ranked third in the UFC pound-for-pound list and currently holding the UFC light heavyweight title is Daniel Cormier who trains out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. Team AKA is notable for having multiple former and current UFC champions, which aside from
Cormier, includes former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. Then there is undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov who could still capture the lightweight title after having to pull out of his interim lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson a day prior to UFC 209. Promising heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov is currently was on his way up the division’s ladder until he was suspended by USADA, UFC’s anti-doping body, after an out-of-competition sample violation. for Team AKA has long been known for having title contenders during the days of Josh Koscheck and John Fitch in the weltweight division. Although both fighters were unable to capture UFC gold, the current AKA landscape is quite impressive. The overall record of AKA fighters who are currently in the UFC is 43-12. Or a 78% winning rate.
Brazil’s Team Nova Uniao is not as notable as it once was during the days of Jose Aldo’s first reign as UFC featherweight champion and Renan Barao’s tenure as UFC bantamweight champion, head coach Andre Pederneiras has done a remarkable job in the MMA world. Aldo holds a 16-1 record, including the World Extreme Championship as well as the UFC, since it was under the UFC banner prior to the introduction of the featherweight division in the UFC in 2011. Barao on the other hand was also on a tear stemming from his time in the WEC, which included three UFC bantamweight title defenses before losing twice to former champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 173 in 2014. Another notable fighter from Nova Uniao was, #1 ranked women strawweight fighter Claudia Galdelha who recently parted ways with Pederneiras in late 2016. Despite her departure, she is still credited with a couple of UFC victories while being associated with her former team. Two other ranked UFC fighters associated with Nova Uniao are flyweight Jussier Formiga and bantamweight Johnny Eduardo. The Nova Uniao clan combined for a 75% win rate.
Team Alpha Male was long known for never being able to capture UFC gold despite coming very close in various occasions, but undefeated Cody “No Love” Garbrandt flipped the script when he dethroned longtime dominant and former UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 last December. Team Alpha Male leader former bantamweight contender Uriah Faber is now retired, but fighters like the currently suspended Chad Mendes, flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez, and women’s strawweights Paige Van Zant and Cynthia Calvillo are active and ranked in their respective divisions, which holds a 51-13 win loss record equaling a 79% victory rate.
Jon Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and former #1 pound for pound fighter of the world hails from one of the most notable teams in MMA, Jackson Wink Academy located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All legal trouble aside, Jones is considered by many the greatest fighter to step into the octagon and the winning formula has been quite apparent in the form of fighters like Carlos Condit, Donald Cerrone, Alistar Overeem, Cub Swanson and Holly Holm.
The current UFC ranked Jackson Wink affiliated fighters combine for a 84-33 win loss record, equating a 71.7% win rate.
With MMA officially being legalized in New York, a showcase of Long Island based fighters have the opportunity of fighting at home. The most notable being former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman fighting out of team Serra-Longo. One of the most notable East coast fight teams consists of interesting UFC ranked characters such as Al Iaquinta, Aljamain Sterling, and Gian Villante. Team Serra-Longo’s current UFC ranked fighters combine for a 27-12 record, equaling to a 69% win rate.
American Top Team is rich in talent and are the current World MMA Awards 2017 Gym of the Year. Despite the recent departure of former UFC welterweight Robbie Lawlor following his loss against current welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley last July, the Florida team still full of plenty of UFC ranked competitors if not champions. Notable fighters that include, Jorge Masvidal, Yoel Romero, Hector Lombard, Junior Dos Santos, and Dustin Poirer. The Florida based gym possesses a win loss record of 65-20, which translates to a 76% winning percentage.
There you have it, Team Alpha Male is at the top of the UFC winning percentage with a 79% followed by Team AKA’a 78% win rate who could be considered the best gym for higher weight classed fighters considering Team Alpha Male consists of fighters of the lightweight division and under. American Top Team is not far behind holding a 76% win rate. Nova Uniao, also known for consisting of lower class fighters finish fourth at 75%, followed by Team Jackson.