Since it’s opening in November 2008, Grant’s MMA Gym quickly established itself as the premier fight gym in the city with a rich history of building champions.
After more than 15 years of coaching elite and developing fighters at Ring 83 in Montreal and Grant Brothers Boxing, Ryan Grant made his way out to Toronto and established a tremendous following of competitive boxers, MMA fighters and boxing enthusiasts creating a demand to open a centre dedicated to helping fighters develop and excel to their potential.
Partnering with Sandro Dipic, an exceptional Muay Thai coach with a competitive career of more than 50 fights, Grant’s MMA Gym was built on the concept of providing the most elite instruction in boxing, stand-up and grappling in one place where coaches could focus on building their individual athletes as well as integrating their arts and directing fighters to succeed in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts which at the time was exploding in popularity.
Within 6 months, Grant’s MMA Gym landed its first fighter in the UFC and since then has had tremendous success with its fight program. Head Coach Ryan Grant and his team of coaches has worked with countless well-known professional fighters including UFC fighters: George St Pierre, 11x Champion; Rory McDonald, Ranked #2; Patrick Cote, Aljamain Sterling and Jonathan Brookins. And in boxing, most notably former IBF Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion Glen Johnson. Over the many years Grant’s MMA Gym has produced more than 10 professional champions including 2x NABA Super Featherweight and Lightweight Boxing Champion Logan McGuiness and XFFC Light Heavyweight MMA Champion Todd Stoute. In the amateur game, Grant’s is consistently successful in developing fighters from the ground up. In 2013 Grant’s MMA Gym won the Brampton Team Cup with 13 amateur boxers competing and winning a total of 11 medals with one athlete voted Best Boxer in his weight division.
In addition to Grant’s MMA Gym’s competitive success, the gym has also been involved in community and corporate projects. Over the many years, Grant’s MMA Gym has worked with various community outreach programs to help youth develop life skills and find their potential to succeed through a boxing medium. They have led hands-on sessions in-house and externally through youth development programs led by organizations such as Pathways, Breaking the Cycle, Safe Schools, TDSB and Metro Toronto Police. Grant’s MMA Gym has also led team-building sessions for corporations such as TD Canada Trust to help build team morale, develop better employee communication skills and encourage further self-development practices to generate positive change within the corporate environment.
Since the start of the Rugby Rumble in 2009, Grant’s MMA Gym has been hosting the 12 week training camp for the Rugby athletes competing in the annual event Rugby Rumble, a professionally-run event featuring a boxing card of Rugby athletes put on to raise money for the Scottish and Nomad Rugby Youth Development Programs.