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Underdog Mixed Martial Arts Instructors

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Coach Russell Leak

Head MMA Coach and Striking Instructor

The owner of Underdog MMA, Sifu Russell Leak began training Jeet Kune Do under Master Instructor Chris Smith in 2003. In the years that followed Russell honed his striking, ...


Coach John Durrett

Head S&C Coach/General Manager

Coach John Durrett has been working in the fitness/athletics industry as a personal trainer or strength and conditioning coach for over a decade. The former Head Assistant ...


Professor Diogo "Moreno" Araujo

Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Diogo “Moreno” Araujo is the head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach at Underdog MMA. A storied and active competitor, Moreno has competed on the regional, national, and ...


Coach Kia Gholampour

Head Wrestling Coach/MMA Coach

Coach Kia wrestled for Farmington High School, while doing Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling in the off seasons at the Bristol Boys and Girls Club. He continued to wrestle all ...


Johnny Lopez

Kid’s BJJ Coach

Johnny Lopez began training at our academy in 2012 and quickly established himself as one of the top 125 lbs fighters in the area. Coach Johnny coaches the Kid’s BJJ classes ...


Stephanie Fox

Women's BJJ Coach

Stephanie Fox is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under head coach Diogo “Moreno” Araujo. She is an ambassador for Tap Cancer Out, a Jiu-Jitsu based nonprofit ...


Adel Lolic

Striking Coach

Coach Adel has been training and competing in various forms of martial arts for over a decade. He was multi-sport athlete in high school (football, volleyball and wrestling). He ...


Christopher Samboy

Wrestling/MMA Coach

Coach Chris Samboy began wrestling his Sophomore year of high school in 2010. This decision completely changed his life, and his passion for the sport, and combat sports as a ...


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