Catching up with the H.I.T. SQUAD: PRO MMA gym spotlight

In this edition of PRO MMA GYM SPOTLIGHT, we are focusing on the H.I.T. SQUAD located in Granite City, Illinois. Among other fighters, the H.I.T. SQUAD is home to the most dominant welterweight champion in the history of the UFC, Matt Hughes. Hence the name: Hughes Intensive Training = H.I.T. SQUAD

PRO MMA ( had the privilege of speaking to one of the founding members of the H.I.T. SQUAD, who was also assistant coach for Team Hughes on “The Ultimate Fighter” season 6, Marc Fiore. Marc is not only the Head Trainer at the H.I.T. SQUAD, he is also the main Wrestling/Grappling Coach, fighter manager, corner-man, bus driver, and much more.

Marc brought us up to date on everything going on with the H.I.T. SQUAD including the team going undefeated this past weekend, the gym, classes they offer, their up and coming fighters, Matt Hughes preparing for his upcoming fight with Matt Serra, Robbie Lawler training for his upcoming bout with Jake Shields, if Robbie would ever fight an old rival, and much more.

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Tommy Speer & HIT Squad big winners at Capital City Cage Wars

by:  Jack Bratcher

Capital City Cage Wars held their debut event on November 1st in downtown Springfield, Illinois at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

The promotion is being run by Springfield native and current Philadelphia Phillies right fielder, Jayson Werth.

The event featured both professional and amateur fighters from the central Illinois area.

Former UFC Welterweight Champion, Matt Hughes of Hillsboro had five of his students from the HIT Squad in Granite City on the card, including TUF veteran, Tommy Speer.

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