Salt Lake City Muay Thai | Ramon Dekkers | Absolute MMA | 801-255-1166

Ramon “The Diamond” Dekkers. If you know anything about Muay Thai, you know his name. Ramon fought for 20 years and had almost 200 fights with 175 wins, 90 by KO. He is an 8 time World Champion in Kick Boxing and Thai Boxing. He was voted Thai boxer of the year in 1992 in Thailand.

Ramon taught for almost 3 hours at a very high intensity level. He demonstrated every technique himself. He walked among the participants and gave individual instruction or coaching. He shared his own combinations and techniques without reservation and answered questions directly.

The techniques shared gave a different look at how to do damage and press the attack. It was a direct reflection of Ramon’s own fight style. Hooks followed by more hooks and kicks. Kicks followed by hooks and more kicks. Very powerful combinations, very much inside and in your face.

Rob Handley and Pedro Sierra, coaches at Absolute MMA, attended the seminar on Fathers Day June 16, 2012 by Ramon Dekkers held at Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA in Westlake Village, just outside of Los Angeles, California.  This constant pursuit of knowledge, dedication to improvement, finding coaches and athletes with different perspectives and ultimately staying true to our lifelong pursuit as students of the martial arts and never stop learning is a constant theme with the staff at Absolute MMA.

Utah MMA Gym Sparks Weight Loss.


Ruben Cervantes is one of our student successes. Ruben has been a student here since March of 2011. In that time, he has lost 20 pounds and drastically improved his fitness. Ruben came to us with the goal of losing 30 pounds, going from 185 to 155. As you can see he is well on his way. One of our regulars for the morning class, Ruben trains four days a week, both Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He trains hard, pushing himself when his body wants to give up and breaking the physical limits he used to have.

Ruben is one of many stories at Absolute MMA that have achieved their goal of weight loss. There are many more on our team that could tell a similar story. The positive attitude and teamwork that is present every day helps us all to better ourselves and each other.

We are proud of Ruben and all our teammates who have made progress with weight loss and improved fitness. We look forward to sharing more success stories with you. See you on the mat!

Excellent weight loss at MMA gym in Utah!

Pedro, “Hey Ivan! How are you today?”
Ivan, “I’m doing so damn good it would kill a mortal man!”

Hey gang! Remember Ivan? He was our student spotlight a little while ago. This is an update on his progress. As of June 1, 2011 Ivan has lost 30 pounds in his three months with us! He has also been directed by his physician to cut his high blood pressure medication in HALF! Ivan continues to be positive in every interaction he has with the staff and every other member here. Ivan is famous for his quotes as you can tell from the above statement. What a remarkable story. Ivan is one of many of our students who have been able to achieve and far exceed their goals as a result of their dedication, hard work, consistency and the training they receive at Absolute MMA. We are proud to have Ivan with us as one of many who have used us as a means to make positive change in their life. I know of many more Absolute Team Members who can give similar accounts of their achievements. We are proud of you all.

So you think girls can’t fight?


Here’s Rebecca and Rickey working on their Jiu Jitsu. Absolute MMA teaches Jiu Jitsu to men, women and children. Young and old, no experience needed. You don’t have to want to be a fighter to learn everything the fighters do. Statistics show that women and girls who play sports have higher self-esteem, which leads to more confidence, fewer teen pregnancies, and a host of other positive side effects. Choosing Jiu Jitsu as your sport also increases your ability to defend yourself should the need arise. What are you waiting for?

New Kettlebell class!!!

We are proud to announce that we will be teaching kettlebell class at 9:00 am Saturday mornings, starting May 7th. These classes will be directed towards educating team members on proper technique and form for kettlebell sport lifting. This is a great opportunity to improve your overall fitness, stamina and strength endurance. We will teach basic movements, safety and proper form for all lifts included in the World Kettlebell Club ranking system. Come join us for an opportunity for a great workout and a great learning experience.

Student Spotlight – Ivan

I would like you all to meet Ivan, a newer student at Absolute MMA. Ivan is 50 years old and has been with us for 6 weeks now. He has made some significant life changes in the last little bit and decided to add physical fitness to the list of positives in his life.
Ivan came to us drinking two liters of Dr. Pepper a day! He has since completely removed carbonated drinks from his diet and has started to clean up his diet. Ivan was not in good physical condition when he began his training with us. He could not finish the rounds of Jiu Jitsu without stopping for breaks or sitting out a round. Just yesterday he worked through all four, 5 minute rounds with 15 push ups and 15 sit ups during the break! He has also lost 13 pounds in the 6 weeks since becoming a member!
Ivan always has a positive attitude and an incredible work ethic. He trains four days a week, no matter what. We all know how hard it is to keep working when the soreness and pain of training tells us to quit. We are proud to have Ivan with us at Absolute MMA. He inspires us and motivates the students and staff to give everything we have to improving ourselves and each other.