Little known St. Louis based mixed martial arts fighter and trainer Jesse Finney is now the official owner of Matt Hughes’ H.I.T Squad Gym, reports an official press release recently issued.
Finney, who’s competed in just seven professional bouts in four years purchased Matt Hughes’ facility – which is based in Granite City, Ill. - and has immediately begun making improvements to the gym.
“We are very excited about working with Matt Hughes, Mark Fiore and Kyle Watson. The H.I.T. Squad is already considered one of the top MMA gyms in the world,” Finney states in the release. “Our goal is to make it the top MMA gym. We have already begun making improvements to both training facilities, improvements that will ultimately generate bigger and better opportunities for our fighters as we evolve.”
Now functioning under the banner ‘Finney’s H.I.T. Squad’, the gym officially boasts a full-sized practice cage, and has adopted the Shamrock Fighter Development System, which gradually develops young talent. Matt Hughes will reportedly continue to train at the facility, as will his current training staff.
“I fully support the change in ownership and look forward to working with Finney and his team. This is a positive change that will generate new opportunities for the gym and make the H.I.T Squad brand even stronger,” says Mark Fiore. “The new build-out has added value to the facility, and our stable of fighters has already increased from 40 to 80. We are all very excited about the direction the gym is going.”