UFC 181’s Anthony Hamilton: Training at Glendale Fighting Club Was ‘Off the Charts’

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 2, 2014
Anthony Hamliton has switched up his training ahead of UFC 181. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com

Glendale Fighting Club is gradually beginning to establish itself as more than just the Ronda Rousey show.

While Rousey remains the most recognized member of Edmond Tarverdyan’s gym, a number of other UFC talents are beginning to make their way to train at the growing camp. In addition to women’s bantamweight champion, fighters such as Brendan Schaub, Jake Ellenberger and Travis Browne have all set up shop for various periods of time in Glendale, Calif.

Anthony Hamilton, a training partner of Browne’s at Jackson-Wink MMA, recently spent part of his camp ahead of his UFC 181 bout against Todd Duffee at Tarverdyan’s gym.

“Edmond’s a great coach. He has a lot of great techniques. He works really hard boxing,” Hamilton told Sherdog.com. “I didn’t do much else besides the boxing there. Travis and I worked a little bit of wrestling, but the majority of it was boxing. I don’t know what else they do there. I’m assuming they have some judo and other stuff going on because of Ronda.”

While Browne left Jackson-Wink to spend the duration of his camp at Glendale Fighting Club, Hamilton divided his time between both teams in addition to training in Chicago with Israel Martinez.

Schaub, Browne’s opponent at UFC 181, no longer trains with Tarverdyan and said he believes the Hawaiian made a mistake switching camps during a recent interview on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

“It can be good,” Schaub said. “Listen, I came to [Los Angeles] and switched things up. Obviously, I know Ronda very well and I know that camp pretty well. I’m not going to go into detail but I think it’s a great thing for me that he’s training there. I’ll put it like that. I think it’s a good thing for me.”

With that said, Hamilton didn’t get a bad impression based on the time he spent there. However, he would like to diversify his training a little more during his next visit.

“Edmond was amazing with his technique and the drills that he put us through. They work really hard. I didn’t have anything bad to say about the gym,” Hamilton said. “I would like to go back there to see what else they have to offer. Their boxing and standup game was off the charts as far as I know.”


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