August 10, 2015 11:45 ET

Entrepreneur Magazine Names UFC GYM Franchise a Top Franchise Opportunity

UFC GYM Franchise Makes Magazine's Franchise 500 List of Top Opportunities

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 10, 2015) - Entrepreneur magazine has named UFC GYM one of the top franchise opportunities in its annual Franchise 500 list.

The annual list serves as a guide for entrepreneurs studying business opportunities, and UFC GYM, a fitness center with boxing, kickboxing and MMA classes, ranks No. 295 on this year's list. 

"Recurring revenue streams, merchandise sales, brand-name recognition and professional trainers are what make UFC gym a compelling investment," said Hannibal Myers, president of UFC GYM. 

UFC GYM has become one of the fastest-growing fitness franchises in the world, using its formula of mixed martial arts, personal training, specialized equipment and nutrition that has helped fighters achieve UFC stardom. It's already the largest boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts network in the world, with more than 120 locations in the United States and Australia. The popularity of the UFC brand is exploding, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to build a powerful business. And its turn-key and semi-absentee operation allows franchisees to quickly open and operate multiple locations.

Franchisees with UFC GYM bring a "Train Different™" method to the fitness industry, which continues to thrive due to the growing population of health-conscious consumers. Franchisees are involved in the community, helping residents become healthier while investing in recurring membership fees and merchandise.

"The beauty of this business model, as opposed to big-box gyms, is having the coaches on hand to train you how to operate the equipment and teach you mixed martial arts," said Tom Brackett, who has franchises in Austin, Texas, and Memphis and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. "I want to expand, and it's a very engaging model that would help me do so. UFC GYM is built around helping people lose weight. They don't have to come in wondering what they're going to be doing today. All they have to do is bring themselves in for classes."

Worldwide brand recognition is one of the many reasons why it's ideal to invest in a UFC GYM franchise. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the largest mixed martial arts promotion company in the world. Its first event was more than 22 years ago, and UFC has been a household name ever since.

"Mixed martial arts has a strong foothold in the market," Brackett said. "People are looking for different ways to train. They want to mimic the people they watch. They want to mimic their type of training. All our trainers are either pro or amateur competitors. They teach our customers what it takes to lose weight and get in shape, and they do that in an instructive environment. People are attracted to MMA competitors because they see the results."

To learn more about why customers and franchisees love UFC GYM, visit, where you can download a free franchise report.

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