Gilbert Grappling has a great new location, a new website and now they are hosting their own event: Black Wednesday G2 Fight Night. We talked with Dan Gilbert to ask him about the event, his fighting career and what’s happening at their school.
CM: For those that don’t know, tell us a bit about the history of Gilbert Grappling.
Dan Gilbert: It really got started in 2001 when Joey was training for the UFC 31 fight against BJ Penn. We were frustrated that we couldn’t find a good place to train and were working out in his garage. Over the years we have outgrown a few locations and are currently in our 4th and biggest location. We started out with a hand full of fighters and now have close to 40 with a good mix of upcoming amateurs and seasoned professionals. Due to our upbringing and success in wrestling, we tend to attract some the best wrestlers in state to our facility.
CM: Tell us about the new location for your school.
DG: Our new location is in Country Club Hills. It’s nice to have good amount of mat space were 40 guys can roll with out constantly bumping into each other. We have also added more classes that accommodate all levels of experience and conditioning.
Mon & Wed 6:15pm MMA Technique All levels
Mon & Wed 7:00pm Ground Fighter Training
Tues & Thurs 6:00pm Wrestling
Tues & Thurs 7:00pm Stand-up Fighter Training
Saturday 10:30am MMA Technique and Fight training
Sunday 5:00pm Wrestling
CM: After a long layoff, you’ve been active with your fight career lately. In 2008 you fought in the XFO and IHC, and this year at the “Lock Down In Lowell”. Do you have another fight scheduled and will you continue to pursue a fighting career?
DG: Yes, my next fight is on November 20th at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso, Indiana. I plan to continue fighting and take my career one fight at a time.
CM: Tell us about the G2 Fight Night event.
DG: We are really looking forward to Black Wednesday G2 Fight Night and hope everyone will come out to support the local fighters. It should be a really fun way to start off Black Wednesday, one of the biggest party nights of the year. The event will feature Danny Benoit, Jake Murphy, Carson Beebe and Adam Ward whom are all planning to be turning pro after this event. We also have new guys that will be stepping into the cage for their first or only second time, Matt Giancarlo, Joe Wassong and Ryan DiPompeo.
Upon the success of this event, we plan to host more events in 2010 to support the growth of MMA of both amateurs and professionals.
CM: Thanks Dan! We’ll see you at the event and best of luck for your November 20th fight!
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