The quality of mixed martial arts training in Tampa, Fla. has not only produced several UFC fighters, but also attracted world class fighters who held their training camps at local schools in preparation for upcoming bouts.
The most recent example is South African MMA fighter, Jeremy "The Pitbull" Smith, who will make his U.S. debut at XFC 11 The Next Generation at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa July 3.
Im not worried about my stand-up, said Smith. But we have only ten guys in the whole country [South Africa] who are really good at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. So my ground game is a lot weaker than my stand up. Thats why I came here, to work on my ground game.
Smith has relied heavily on his already tried and proven Thai boxing skills after a successful career as professional kickboxer. In 2006 he made the switch to MMA which resulted in a perfect pro MMA record of 7-0 in South Africa.