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Team

Sayif Saud, Head Coach

Sayif’s martial arts training began in his father’s dojo at the age of three.  He won two state titles in the process of earning his black belt in judo, then went on to study Shorin-Ryu karate and won four national titles.  He received his black belt in 1997 from the United Karate-do Kai.  Shortly after, Sayif focused his attention on academics and bodybuilding. He graduated with honors from Indiana University-Bloomington with a degree in Political Science, then attended law school at Indiana University-Indianapolis. During this time, Sayif also won several NPC bodybuilding competitions and was featured in multiple magazines.

 

Ultimately, Sayif’s passion for the martial arts led him to study with world-class trainer Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, NM from 2006-2009.  While there, Sayif also closely studied wrestling with former NCAA Division 1 champion and UFC vet Mike Van Arsdale & Renowned striking Coach Mike Winklejohn; being cornered by all of these coaches at one point or another while competing.  Some of Sayif’s submission grappling accomplishments include winning Best of the West and American Championships tournaments and earning a Grappler’s Quest silver medal.  Undefeated as an amateur his competitive career culminated with an undefeated professional record of 3-0 in MMA but was cut short due to injury.

 

Now the Founder/Owner and Head Coach at Fortis MMA in Dallas, TX, Sayif is currently working with over 40 fighters from such elite promotions as Legacy FC, UFC and Bellator. He continually brings some of the world’s best athletes and trainers to Texas to work with his team.  Coach Saud’s team compiled a 40-5 record in 2011 and he was recognized as TXMMA’s “People’s Choice” for Coach Of The Year. He would also garner the distinction of Coach Of The Year (2013, 2014, and 2015) and awarded Team Of The Year in 2013 and again in 2014 at Octagon MMA.  His team has continued on strong with fighters in the UFC, Bellator and over a dozen active fighters on the Legacy FC roster (more than any other current team) including several champions who are now currently in the UFC. Coach Saud continues to have multiple athletes competing in the UFC who are homegrown.

Deron Williams

Deron Michael Williams  is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Illinois before being drafted third overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. The three-time NBA All-Star has also played for Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball League, and was a gold medal winner on the United States national team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.  Deron wrestled competitively and won two state titles at 8 and 12 years old.  His love for grappling and training has remained as he trains regularly and is an avid MMA fan.

Prof. Loronz Marion

I started my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu career with Bruno Bastos after my wife surprised me with a 3 month trial membership to a gym in Dallas shortly after we moved to Dallas. I am currently a Black Belt under Marcus Antelante - team Soul Fighters. I have competed and trained all over the world, but most thrilled about competing and training with my BJJ idol and legend "Terere" in Rio de Janeiro. Jiu-Jitsu has helped me maintain my physical health, keep me in a positive mental state, and meet lifelong friends. As an instructor, I want to spread the art of Jiu-Jitsu to as many people as I can. It is everyone from all walks of life, to men and women, children and toddlers, and retirees. My goal is to help you exceed your goals through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to increase confidence, overall health and fitness, self defense, or become the next world champion

Josh Bagalay

Josh Bagalay stared wrestling at an early age and continued to at Central Michigan University. After wrestling, his father introduced him to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He trained near his hometown in Michigan up to Purple Belt.  In 2011, he moved to Los Angeles, CA to train full time with multiple time World Champion, Rubens "Cobrinha" Charles. Eventually, Josh moved back to Michigan and earned his Black Belt from Master Caique Elias in 2014. Over the years, Josh has dedicated himself to learning the intricacies of Jiu Jitsu to be successful in competition. A constant learner who is always striving to understand, not just the "how" a technique is applied, but the many "why's" around it. And now, devoting more energy than ever before to help others reach a higher level of understanding in the art of Jiu Jitsu.

Darius Yancy

With 3 years of wrestling & track in addition to 6+ years of martial arts experience as a professional athlete, training others & understanding the human body is second nature to him. He brings a lot of energy, character, & authenticity to all of his classes & personal focus to everyone he trains as if their goals were his own. Darius personally trains in Muay Thai, ju jistu, wrestling, strength, endurance & occasionally bikes & swims in addition to running his own non profit fitness event once a month dedicated to organizations helping the less fortunate. Some clients include Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, UFC Fighters, Runway & Commercial Models, Brides-to-Be, Corporate, The Color Run & Kids Fitness Camps.

Damon Jackson

Damon Jackson started wrestling at a young age and earned state runner up in high school 2007 and finished his wrestling career at Missouri Valley College. He received All American stats in 2012, taking 5th at the NAIA National Tournament.  He fought amateur MMA through college and turned pro shortly after graduation. While in college he received his ISSA Personal Training certificate and has been a trainer for the past 6 years. A certified USA Wrestling Bronze level coach, he was the head coach at Ozark Missouri taking 12 wrestlers to state.  Damon is one of Fortis MMA’s top professional MMA fighters. He is undefeated, and has finished all of his fights by either submission or knockout.  Damon currently teaches the Wrestling and Core Fitness classes at Fortis MMA, as well as some of the Kickboxing/Muay Thai.

Steven Peterson

Steven Peterson has trained and competed in Mixed Martial arts since 2008. He is an instructor at Fortis MMA and offers private lessons as well. Since going pro in 2009, he has compiled an impressive record of 14-4, as well as establish himself as the Legacy Bantamweight World Champion. He is now the number one ranked Bantamweights fighter in Texas and the Southwest. He has trained in Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, and BJJ. Steven holds the rank of Brown Belt in BJJ and a Green/White band in Muay Thai. His classes are fun and energetic while he teaches overall techniques and improves students overall fitness. Steven enjoys motivating students to push themselves to reach their fitness and martial arts goals.