Fight Team Accomplishments

GEORGIA FIGHTERS CRITIC’S CHOICE  TRAINER OF THE YEAR 2015

GEORGIA FIGHTERS PEOPLE’S CHOICE GYM OF THE YEAR 2014

GEORGIA FIGHTERS PEOPLE’S CHOICE TRAINER OF THE YEAR 2014

GEORGIA FIGHTERS CRITIC’S CHOICE  TRAINER OF THE YEAR 2014

GEORGIA FIGHTERS PEOPLE’S CHOICE MALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 2014

GEORGIA FIGHTERS PEOPLE’S CHOICE BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR 2014

GEORGIA FIGHTERS CRITIC”S CHOICE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR 2014

US SE ISKA LIGHTWEIGHT MMA TITLE

US ISKA WELTERWEIGHT MUAY THAI TITLE

US ISKA LIGHTWEIGHT KICKBOXING TITLE

ISKA GEORGIA STATE WOMEN’S KICKBOXING TITLE

IKF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT MUAY THAI  WORLD TITLE

IKF FEATHERWEIGHT MUAY THAI WORLD TITLE

WKA JUNIOR GIRL’S K-1 TITLE

WKA JUNIOR BOY’S K-1 TITLE

IKF JUNIOR GIRL’S MUAY THAI WORLD TITLE

IKF JUNIOR BOY’S MUAY THAI WORLD TITLE

IKF JUNIOR BOY’S NOVICE MUAY THAI WORLD TITLE

IKF JUNIOR BOY’S NOVICE MUAY THAI WORLD TITLE

IKF JUNIOR BOY’S NOVICE INTERNATIONAL RULES WORLD TITLE

IKF JUNIOR BOY’S OPEN MUAY THAI WORLD TITLE

USMTA FEATHERWEIGHT MUAY THAI TITLE

USMTA LIGHT WEIGHT MUAY THAI TOURNAMENT CHAMPION

USMTA FEATHERWEIGHT MUAY THAI TOURNAMENT CHAMPION

GFC BANTAMWEIGHT MMA TITLE

GFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT MMA TITLE

GFC MIDDLEWEIGHT MMA TITLE

GFC LIGHTWEGHT MMA TITLE

I.T. FIGHT SERIES LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT MMA TITLE

USFFC FEATHERWEIGHT (145 LBS) MMA CHAMPION

GFC FLYWEIGHT(125 LBS) PROFESSIONAL MMA CHAMPION(CURRENT)

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Head Trainer: Chuck Cawthon

Chuck teaches all of CMA’s Karate, self defense, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and MMA classes.  He started Tae Kwon Do at age 10, and now has over 30 years of martial arts experience.  Chuck has a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shotokan and Kyokushinkai, and a 4th Degree Black Belt in American Karate.  He also holds belts in Tae Kwon Do(World Tae Kwon Do Federation),  a brown belt in Judo under Zach Hill, and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu(under Adam and Rory Singer at The HardCore Gym).  Chuck also has certified hours of training under Guru Dan Inosanto, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, and Eric Paulson.

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Amateur Fighter Andrew Ballenger

MMA/Muay Thai Assistant Instructor

ISKA US Kickboxing Champion, IKF Light Heavyweight Muay Thai World Champion, and is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Adam and Rory Singer.

Name:  Andrew Ballenger

Hometown:  Hartwell, Georgia

Fights Out Of:  Hartwell, Georgia

Ranks and Titles Held: US ISKA Kickboxing Champion, IKF Light Heavyweight Muay Thai World Champion

Favorite Grappling Technique:  GoGoPlata

Favorite Striking Technique:  Double jump back kick

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Professional Fighter C.J. Hamilton

Name: C.J. Hamilton

Hometown: Center Moriches, New York

Fights Out Of: Hartwell, Georgia

Ranks and Titles Held: 135 lbs GFC Champion, CURRENT GFC Flyweight Professional Champion

Favorite Grappling Technique: Flying omoplata

Favorite Striking Technique: Finger jab

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CMA Black Belt/Head Fitness Kickboxing Instructor Carolina Cawthon

Carolina Cawthon is CMA’s Head Fitness instructor.  She is currently attending college at the University of Georgia to become a Registered Dietician, with a minor in Bio Chemistry.(With a PERFECT 4.0 GPA!) Hundreds of people in the tri-county area have lost thousands of pounds and kept them off by attending our famous Fitness Kickboxing classes.  She is a Black Belt under Chuck and also the Georgia State Kickboxing Champion with a record of 6 wins and no losses.  She not only teaches our Fitness Kickboxing classes, but she also teaches a group weight training class that focuses on creating long lean muscles by incorporating weight resistance exercises.

Name:  Carolina Cawthon

Hometown: Hartwell, Georgia

Fights Out Of: Hartwell,, Georgia

Ranks and Titles Held:  Undefeated Georgia State Kickboxing Champion

Favorite Grappling Technique:  Triangle choke

Favorite Striking Technique:  Side kick

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CMA Junior Black Belt/Amateur Junior Fighter Bryce Esco

Bryce is one of CMA’s up and coming junior black belts, and also the a member of CMA’s fight team.

 

Name:  Bryce Esco

Hometown:  Royston, Georgia

Fights Out Of:  Hartwell, Georgia

Ranks and Titles Held:

2014 IKF Junior Boy’s Muay Thai World Champion

IKF Junior Boy’s Muay Thai World Champion

2013 WKA Junior Boy’s K-1 North American Champion

2014 WKA Junior Boy’s K-1 North American Champion

Favorite Grappling Technique:  Calf crush

Favorite Striking Technique:  Axe kick

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Amateur Fighter Chase Buffington

Chase is an all around athlete and quickly rose to the top of our amateur fight team with his work ethic, skills and determination.

 

Name:  Chase Buffington

Hometown: Harttwell, Georgia

Fights Out Of:  Hartwell, Georgia

Favorite Grappling Technique:  Cloverleaf

Favorite Striking Technique:  “Cro Cop Special”: Left leg high kick

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Professional Fighter Jay Gray

 

Name:  Jay Gray

Hometown:  Elberton, Georgia

Fights Out Of:  Hartwell, Georgia

Ranks and Titles Held:  GFC 185 lbs MMA Champion AND GFC 205 lbs MMA Champion

Favorite Grappling Technique:  Flying heel hook

Favorite Striking Technique:  Nanna puddin’

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Cornerman Mark Miles

Mark does much more than just help in the corner during the fights, he helps scout out future opponents, makes contacts to promoters/matchmakers, helps design t-shirts, wraps hands on fight night, drives fighters to and from weigh ins/fights, and much, much more!

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Coach/Cornerman Jim Robinson

Coach Jim has over 80 years of wrestling experience(not really, but he does have DECADES of experience!), and has been in the corner of CMA’s fighters since day 1.  He is a huge asset to our program and ESPECIALLY to our Fight Team!

 

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CMA Black Belt/2014 IKF Muay Thai World Champion Brandon Cawthon

Karate/Kickboxing Instructor

Started training when he was just 3 years old, went through CMA’s Lil Dragon curriculum, then CMA’s junior curriculum and attained junior black belt.  Eventually Brandon became CMA’s lead Lil Dragon instructor while training for his adult black belt at Contemporary Martial Arts.  Brandon tested for, and passed, his adult black belt in 2010.  After reaching black belt, Brandon joined CMA’s fight team and was ranked #3 in the nation in the WKA, and is the current IKF Muay Thai World Champion, & USMTA(United States Muay Thai Association) 145lbs Full Rules Muay Thai Champion.

Name: Brandon Chuck Cawthon

Hometown: Royston, Georgia

Fights Out Of: Hartwell, Georgia

Ranks and Titles Held: 2014 IKF Men’s Welterweight Open Muay Thai Rules World Champion, USMTA(United States Muay Thai Association) 145lbs Full Rules Muay Thai Champion

Favorite Grappling Technique: Triangle choke

Favorite Striking Technique: Teep

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Professional MMA Fighter Brandon Webb

Brandon started out as a pure wrestler on CMA’s Fight Team but quickly rose to the top of kickboxing as well.  Now, as an adult,  Brandon is one of the best 145 lbs MMA fighters in Georgia.

Brandon won his pro debut for Legacy MMA/NFC, in 2015!

Name:  Brandon Webb

Hometown:  Hartwell, Georgia

Fights Out Of:  Hartwell, Georgia

Ranks and Titles Held:  USFFC Featherweight MMA Champion, NFC Lightweight MMA Champion, IKF Junior Boy’s Muay Thai World Champion

Favorite Grappling Technique:  Flying squirrel

Favorite Striking Technique:  Spinning backfist

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