MMAGOLD, LLC was founded in 2010 by Dave Hirschbein, an MMA enthusiast. Dave is a former AAU Greco Roman National Runner-Up and holds a brown belt in Taekwondo under 6th Degree Black Belt “KJN” Gary Merlo at West Coast Martial Arts in El Dorado Hills, CA. Dave is the CEO of MMAGOLD, LLC and heads up the management & fight booking for the MMAGOLD Fight Team. Dave holds degrees from the University of Chico, CA and The International School of Business from Torino, Italy.
Braden Clements – Fight Manager
As Braden has a background in MMA and corporate America working for LinkedIn, he formed Underground Fight Systems in 2009, a Nor-Cal based coalition of fighters brought together with a common goal to compete in the toughest sport in the world, Mixed Martial Arts. Braden competed in No-Gi grappling from 2008-2011, having medaled in 11 of 13 tournaments throughout the West Coast. Braden joined MMAGOLD in the summer of 2013 bringing the same passion and intensity that you will find at MMAGOLD. We are very great full to have Braden on staff as he’s Dave Hirschbein’s right hand man when it comes to the fight management business of MMAGOLD.
Heather Mendieta – Owner MMAPINK & Director of Media Relations
Heather teamed up with Dave Hirschbein through a mutual friend and instantly showcased her talents for woman’s athletic apparel and media relations. As Heather has a strong background in corporate America, she currently is the GM for Party City. Heather is the co-owner with Dave Hirschbein for the MMAPINK Fight Brand to promote woman’s MMA. Additionally, Heather maintains a large network of mainstream media contacts and routinely coordinates MMAGOLD/MMAPINK fighters to be showcased within the media along with coordinating the various charity events we take part in. Heather is a welcomed addition the family.
Jim West – Grappling Instructor
Jim is the head Submission Grappling/MMA Instructor at Urban Sprawl Academy and is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt under Terry Maxwell. Jim has trained fighters since 2006 and has trained gold medal winners in Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Champions. Jim is known in the Region for saying what he does and doing what he says. Jim also played collegiate and professional baseball and holds a Master’s Degree in business.
Master Andy K. – Muay Thai Instructor
Andy K. leads our Muay Thai affiliate program at MMAGOLD and at his own Muay Thai Academy in Sacramento, CA. Andy has been studying martial arts since the age of 8 years old and specializes as a “Master” in Muay Lao & Muay Thai. Andy has fought countless times becoming Thailand’s Muay Thai Champion at 105 lbs. Andy immigrated to the US in 1982 and is well known throughout the Western United States as a high caliber instructor.
Ryan Brown – Grappling Instructor
Ryan is a BJJ Black Belt who began his Gracie Jits training in 2005 and was awarded his black belt by “Rickson Gracie” black belt “David Terry” in June, 2013. Ryan leads our Wednesday night grappling session. Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge to our MMA Fighters as he’s been studying and competing in martial arts since 2000.
Alex Grunder – Wrestling Instructor
Alex earned a scholarship to one of the country’s most prestigious Division 1 Wrestling Program in the United States, the University of Iowa. Alex brings the Iowa wrestling passion and intensity to the MMAGOLD Fight Team.
Mike Guy – Head Stricking Instructor
With a current professional boxing record of 7-1, Mike brings truly one of the most dominant and intense approaches when instructing the MMAGOLD Fight Team. Mike is also well versed in Mixed Martial Arts and has trained UFC Fighters such as Scott Smith, James Irvin and Tim Mckenzie.
Justin Castrillo – Wrestling/MMA Instructor
Justin has been training fighters since 2007 and has worked with some of the biggest names in the sport of MMA. Prior to entering into MMA, Justin was a collegiate wrestler who also has experience competing internationally. Outside of MMAGOLD, Justin is currently the head wrestling coach at Oakmont High School in Roseville, CA. Justin holds Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Ashford University in Iowa.
Joe Beck (MF) – Kickboxing Instructor
Joe Beck or (MF) as we call him is a lifetime athlete, having trained in many different martial arts since 1996. MF is a former IKF Kickboxer. Additionally, MF is a certified Personal Trainer who leads our kickboxing program and a high intensity cardio class preparing our fighters for WAR.
Josh Appelt – Bellator Fighter
Josh currently fights for Bellator Fighting Championships with a professional record of (10-3) at HWT. Josh is a former regional “Gladiator Challenge” HWT Champion and was a standout fighter for fast upstart promotion “West Coast Fighting” before being picked up by Bellator. Josh is known as a finisher of fights, cardio and has heavy ground & pound.
Lewis Gonzalez – WSOF Fighter
Lewis currently fights for the World Series of Fighting with a professional record of (9-0) @ 155 lbs. Lewis was a 2x Time CA State Wrestling Champion. He’s known as a finisher of fights. Lewis’s last fought on Aug 10th, 2013 where he won a unanimous technical decision over a very game opponent, Antonio McKee.
Cote Law Group – Legal Assistance
Founded in 2010, the Cote Law Group specializes in General Liability, Business Litigation, Employment Law and other key areas within business. The Cote Law Group is a key partner to MMAGOLD as trusted advisors.
The attorneys at Cote Law Group all have extensive experience litigating and trying cases. The Firm’s founder, Scott Cote, was a co-founder of Seley & Cote, LLP. Previously, Mr. Cote was a partner at a large national law firm based out of Los Angeles. Paul Phillips compliments the firm’s practice with his experience in Labor and Employment law. Benjamin Davies brings a broad background in General Civil Litigation to the Firm. www.cotelawgroup.com
MMAGOLD Founder & President