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UFC® Hall of Famers Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell Celebrate Grand Opening of UFC GYM Brea Alongside Local Dignitaries

by: Bridget Calcagno  
Published: September 18, 2023


Lacy Schoen, Forrest Griffin, Shawna Winters, Councilmember Steven Vargas, Mayor Marty Simonoff, Erica Sandoval, Don Cardona, Slava Vilshtein, Councilmember Blair Stewart, Newton Viengkhou, courtesy of UFC GYM


BREA...UFC® Hall of Famers Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell joined Brea Mayor Marty Simonoff and Brea City Councilmembers Blair Stewart and Steven Vargas; Lacy Schoen, President and CEO of the Brea Chamber of Commerce, and others to celebrate the grand opening of UFC GYM® Brea on Saturday, Sept. 16. The event officially unveiled the new multi-million-dollar premium fitness facility located at 215 S Brea Blvd. in Brea, Calif.

UFC GYM Brea exterior, courtesy of UFC GYM


The celebration included remarks from Mayor Simonoff, who expressed his excitement about having the fitness facility as part of the community. Erika Sandoval, UFC GYM Brea general manager; Don Cardona, UFC GYM Regional Director; and Slava Vilshtein, UFC GYM Brea franchise owner; were joined by Griffin, Mayor Simonoff, City Councilmembers Stewart and Vargas, Schoen and a representative from Assemblyman Philip Chen’s office to officially cut the red ribbon and open the club.

MMA seminar participants with Chuck The Iceman Liddell, courtesy of UFC GYM 


The new UFC GYM® continued the celebration with a meet and greet with Griffin and Liddell, who also led a special MMA seminar. The day’s lineup of special fitness experiences and group fitness classes included family kickboxing skills and techniques; demonstrations of UFC GYM’s Recovery offerings; a viewing party for UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Shevchenko 2; and more.


UFC GYM Brea youth participants, courtesy of UFC GYM


The 35,000-square-foot luxury fitness center offers functional fitness, MMA-inspired conditioning classes and access to world-class facilities. State-of-the-art amenities, including an Octagon for combat sports training, a group fitness studio, a weight room with free weights and six Olympic lift platforms, robust cardio and strength training equipment, personal training, bag rack, gym store, advanced fitness technology and more are available. To further support a healthy lifestyle, the location features an Arm Bar Cafe and Recovery area, providing pre- and post-workout treatments, including cryotherapy, red light therapy and more.


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