PROFESSIONAL RECORD: 31 – 7 – 0
Urijah Faber is Sacramento’s most decorated Mixed Martial Arts fighter. After a successful Division 1 wrestling career at UC Davis as a two-time NCAA Qualifier and the all-time win leader for the Aggies, Urijah began his MMA career. In just 3 years, Urijah rose to the top of the world rankings boasting World Titles for 3 different organizations and maintaining an impressive 15-1 record. Urijah was invited to the prestigious Abu Dhabi World Championships in 2005 under World Champion Cassio Werneck. He also studies under world class instructors in traditional kickboxing, boxing and Muay Thai Kickboxing. With over 8 years of coaching experience, Urijah has become one of the Sacramento area’s most knowledgeable instructors and hand picks ALL the instructors at Ultimate Fitness.
Head BJJ Instructor
Dustin Akbari is the head instructor for the adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at Ultimate Fitness. Dustin has an extensive training background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, wrestling and boxing in addition to various other Martial Arts. As a home student since the age of 12, Dustin has had the opportunity to become an apprentice to Sacramento’s finest instructors including Andy Kay, Cassio Werneck and Urijah Faber. Dustin showed much promise in his Pro MMA career but decided teaching was his calling much to Ultimate Fitness’ benefit. Dustin’s natural talent for teaching and love of the art make him a key component to the Ultimate Fitness team.
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU INSTRUCTOR/ KIDS’ PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH
Kenneth comes to Ultimate Fitness from the United States Marine Corps. Kenneth’s background is in college wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing. He holds wins over top competitors such as “Razor” Rob McCullough. Another of Ken’s specialties is teaching self-defense. Drawing from his experiences in the Marines and MMA he is able to prepare both men and women to defend themselves in real life situations.
Kenneth leads BJJ and grappling classes as well as daily Kickboxing classes for which he has a huge following. Kenneth’s drills get everybody’s heart rates going! He leads with energy and authority which students find very motivating.
Beginning September 2012 Kenneth has taken the lead on our Kids’ Program. Kenneth is now Kids’ Program Director and Head Coach. This will bring more organization and leadership to our Kids’ Program. We’re very excited to promote Kenneth as he has been on board since our inception, is a true team player and an integral part of the Ultimate Fitness family.
Joseph F. de la Guevara AKA: Joe Guevara
Joseph started his boxing career in 1962 (7 years old) in his family garage in Broderick. As a young man he boxed in local Elks Clubs, American Legion Halls, and surrounding areas of Sacramento. Joe boxed as a Nationally Ranked Amateur winning the Golden Gloves title 2 years in a row before turning Professional. As a Professional he was a World Ranked Professional (#3 WBC and #6 WBA) with 2 State Titles and a North American Boxing Federation (ABF) title, he inherited the family gym “Capital Boxing Gym” which he owned and operated for over 9 years before selling it and getting into the Mixed Martial Arts arena as a trainer at Ultimate Fitness. Since being here he has written a book “Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Strikers Guide for Trainer’s and Fighter’s” to which he has had rave reviews. Joseph is also a California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) Athletic Inspector.
BOXING, KICKBOXING AND CONDITIONING CLASSES
Adam Corrigan is the newest addition to the Ultimate Fitness team. He is an Australian transplant who loves Sacramento and joined Team Alpha Male in early 2010. Adam trained in Taekwondo for over 22 years. With an outstanding track record, he was the 2010 TAGB Open World Champion, 5 time Australian Champion and 2 time British Champion with too many other medals and rankings to mention. Adam has represented both the Australian and Great Britain National and Olympic Teams. Adam’s professional kickboxing record is 3-0-0.
Adam is also a certified personal trainer. Don’t let his fun personality and charm fool you. His Conditioning and Kickboxing classes will have you crying “uncle!”
KICKBOXING, CONDITIONING AND PRO CLASSES
Justin Buchholz has been honing the skills of Ultimate Fitness students with his phenominal teaching skills since 2009. Justin’s classes are difficult but his energy, enthusiasm and desire for those around him to succeed will carry even our newest members through his challenging classes.
Buchholz is a former ICON Sport Lightweight champion. He has also fought in EliteXC and he held an 8-1 record before signing with the UFC in 2007. He earned his first win in the UFC against three-to-one favorite, Corey Hill. After a few ups and downs in the UFC, Buchholz defeated Steve Clark by Submission (rear naked choke) in the first round. He then fought fellow UFC veteran Steve Lopez in May 2011 with SCC – Superior Cage Combat. Buchholz beat Lopez with a highlight reel finish, knocking Lopez our in the third with a front kick to the chin. Next, he beat Thiago Mellar by unanimous decision in August 2011 again with the SCC. Justin is currently the Showdown Lightweight Champion and his record is 14-7-0.
Aside from his MMA interests, Justin is a health and environmental fanatic and keeps those around him honest about the way they live. His knowledge of health, nutrition and fitness is quite vast and members learn more than just MMA techniques in his classes.
BOXING AND CONDITIONING CLASSES
DJ “The Black Mamba” Roberson got involved in MMA at the beginning of 2008 when an old football teammate dragged him into what he saw as a lions’ den more than a training facility. After just a few rounds in the cage, his passion for MMA was born and he hasn’t looked back since. His current record is 4-4-1.
DJ joined Team Alpha Male back in 2010. While he’s been a fixture at UF for years, we are excited to have recently added DJ to our impressive list of instructors. DJ believes that mastering technique and utilizing ones physical attributes are keys to achieving greatness. As an instructor he is very hands on and motivating. DJ especially loves to teach boxing as it takes hard work, dedication and patience to master its rhythm and to him there is no greater joy than seeing his students progress. He takes his teaching role very seriously and the positive effects it has on others very much to heart.
Dr. Matthew Fisher, D.C.
OWNER AND CHIROPRACTOR TO TEAM ALPHA MALE
Dr. Fisher, A Sacramento native, graduated from Life Chiropractic school near the top of his class, cum laude in June 1999. He started his own practice promptly in October of the same year.
His practice grew quickly and he was enjoying everything about treating patients. But, an interesting thing happened in 2005. He was introduced to Mixed Martial Arts super star Urijah Faber. Urijah and Dr. Fisher hit it off and soon were talking about opening Sacramento’s premier mixed martial arts facility. That vision became a reality in October 2006 when they opened the doors to Ultimate Fitness with 100+ members already on board.
Dr. Fisher quickly realized it was too difficult to run two distinctly different businesses from two separate locations, so he moved Fisher Chiropractic into Ultimate Fitness and it was a perfect match. The business meshed so easily with the professional athletes and members in the gym all in need of chiropractic care.
Dr. Fisher is involved in all the day-to-day business of the gym and you can also catch him in Jiu Jitsu classes several times a week.
OPERATIONS MANAGER AND HEAD COACH TO TEAM ALPHA MALE
Dave Rowan has been with Ultimate Fitness since 2006, during construction. Dave met Urijah back in 1998 while coaching college wrestling. Their paths crossed again in 2006 while Urijah and Matt were working on opening the facility. Dave helped construct the inside of the gym and was intrical in getting it opened in a timely manner.
After the gym opened, Dave began training with Urijah and Joseph and started his fight career at age 41. He was an absolute beast and had 4 exciting fights which he won in dynamic fashion. Unfortunately his career ended in 2008 when he blew out his knee. Along with a stellar record in the cage, Dave has a great wrestling record as well. While at Chico State, he was a 2 time All American.
Dave started working full time for Ultimate Fitness in a management role in early 2009. He is our Operations Manager and is responsible for keeping all aspects of the gym running smoothly. He does everything from compiling our EFT drafts to scheduling classes. Dave also helps organize and recruit for Team Alpha Male.
Carie Ward Fisher
MARKETING MANAGER/CONDITIONING COACH
Photo tribute to UF Mascot, Tiberius, RIP
Carie helped get Ultimate Fitness off the ground. She worked along side Matt and Urijah as Operations Manager, getting systems and procedures in place and members signed up before the doors officially opened in October 2006.
Carie stayed on and helped run the gym until 2009 when she left Operations in the able hands of Dave Rowan to pursue other interests.
In September 2011, Carie returned to her true passion, this time in a Marketing role. Carie handles all aspects of Marketing for Ultimate Fitness and especially enjoys working on the fringe market, helping get women in the door proving the facility is not just a boys’ club. She is diligently getting out the message that Ultimate Fitness provides MMA Fitness for EVERYONE.
In 2012, Carie took her passion one step further and earned certifications as a personal trainer, group fitness coach and TRX personal trainer. Coaching our members through safe yet rigorous conditioning workouts is what she feels she was born to do! Try Carie’s classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.