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.
Jim West – Grappling Instructor
Jim is the head Submission Grappling/MMA Instructor at Folsom MMA 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.
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. Additionally, Alex runs the El Dorado High School wrestling program. Alex brings the Iowa wrestling passion and intensity to the MMAGOLD Fight Team.
Mike Guy – Boxing Instructor
With a current professional boxing record of 7-0, 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.
Daniel Brito – Striking Instructor
Daniel is well known in the Sacramento area as a top striking instructor. Daniel works with the MMAGOLD fight team among countless local MMA athletes who seek out private instruction. Daniel is a key component to the team who often corners our fighters on fight day.
Ron Lobley – Judo Instructor
Ron is the owner of Folsom MMA and is a Judo Black belt and Jiu Jitsu Purple belt. Ron is part of the USA National Judo Team which trains at Folsom MMA. Ron brings a wealth of knowledge to our Fighters in both Judo and Mixed Martial Arts.
Josh Appelt – Bellator Fighter
Josh currently fights for Bellator Fighting Championships with a professional record of (10-2) at HWT. Josh is the owner of Juggernaut MMA based in Yuba City, CA and cross trains with the MMAGOLD Fight Team. 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.
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