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Coach Colón and Shamar Bailey ready for TUF Finale!

June 3rd, 2011


Shamar Bailey and Steve Colon

Las Vegas, Nevada (NV) -- This Saturday Coach Steve Colon will be in the corner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13's Shamar Bailey as he takes on Ryan McGillivray in the TUF Season 13 Live Finale in Las Vegas.  The coaching staff at Team MMA - Merrillville has been working quietly for weeks preparing Bailey for his big event!

Shamar Bailey was featured on Season 13 of the UFC's hit reality show as a member of Team Dos Santos.  Bailey was a regarded by many as a favorite to win Season 13 but ended up losing a tough decision to Chris Cope in the quarterfinals.  Many thought he should have won the fight because of his Octagon control and more effective striking, but Bailey revealed that his performance and training had been hindered due to two slipped discs in his back.

Bailey told the Sun-Times' John Silver, '...anybody who’s seen me fight knows I’m much more explosive than what was shown in that fight. So something had to be wrong. I’ll give Chris credit for sticking with his game plan. In spite of that, I don’t think he won the fight.'

As a result Bailey, is coming in hungrier than ever this Saturday night looking to show that he deserves his spot in the UFC.  Making sure he was going to be well prepared, Bailey incorporated lots of time at Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Merrillville.  The facility in Northwest Indiana  has quickly built a reputation of quality coaching and instruction in multiple disciplines led by head Coaches Steve Colon and Jeff Neal.   In addition top level fighters can find a wide range of sparring partners with notable UFC names like Matt Mittrione, Ricardo Lamas, Darren Elkins as well as numerous up and coming professional and amateur level fighters from Carlson Gracie Team MMA and Team Colon.

Coach Steve Colon is very excited to have the opportunity to help Bailey succeed at this level.  Before he left, he made it clear that he was not heading to Las Vegas to play 'Now it's time for Vegas. Nothing but business on my mind! Let's do this!!.'

Shamar Bailey is coming in fired up to prove his critics wrong and with Coach Steve Colon in his corner, this Saturday night is shaping up to be a long night for his opponent Ryan McGillivray.  Good luck and get it done!

About Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Merrillville... Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Merrillville is a 6,000 square foot facility designed specifically for Mixed Martial Arts Training in the disciplines of Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi Grappling and Wrestling.  Programs are designed for all ability levels and goals from those who are aspiring fighters to those who are looking to get into shape, lose weight or improve overall health by participating in MMA training.   The facility is conveniently located to serve the Northwest Indiana community and can be easily accessed from Crown Point, Southeast Grove, Range Line, Orchard Grove, Lowell, Hebron amongst others.  Fill out the contact form on the right to get started!

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