Cool to see the symbolic meaning of death and resurrection in Christ Jesus. Death has no power on me!! 

Romans 6:3-9
3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall bein the likeness of Hisresurrection,
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

The new team!

Elevation Fight Team, a team consisting of high level mixed martial artists, has been formed in Denver, CO which is a hot bed for MMA. The founder of the team is UFC Welterweight Nate "The Great" Marquardt. Nate had the idea to start a team that was different than many a couple years ago and felt that it was finally time to make it happen.

"I have been around this sport for a long time. I have seen the best and worst this sport has to offer. I have always had a dream to not only train with the best guys I can, but to train in a positive atmosphere that puts the fighters first. I want to help develop that dream and turn it into a reality not only for my own career but for a lot of the younger fighters I train with on a daily basis. I want to be part of a team that puts the fighters first and Elevation Fight Team is going to do that.After brainstorming with my coach Leister Bowling, we decided to run with the idea. This team will be different than any team in MMA today." -Nate Marquardt

Leister Bowling will serve as the head coach and wrestling coach of Elevation Fight Team and will oversee the day to day training.

"This team is going to be a lot different than most due to the fact that there is no "home gym" affiliated with it. Fighters are free to represent and train with their home gyms while still being part of Elevation Fight Team. The team will do the majority of its' training at The MusclePharm Sports and Science Center (where Bowling currently runs his practices), and the Easton Training Center (ran by UFC Vet Eliot Marshall). What will make the team unique is that our team will be open to any fighter or coach from any gym. Elevation Fight Team will blend a group of fighters and coaches from many gyms/backgrounds and help them accomplish their goals of becoming the best fighters in the world. To be the best, you have to train with the best!" -Leister Bowling

Elevation Fight Team currently consists of notable names such as Nate Marquardt, Brendan Schaub, Cody Donovan, Neil Magny, Cat Zingano and Jarred Hamman all of whom are currently under contract with the UFC. Current coaches include Leister Bowling- Head/Wrestling Coach, Eliot Marshall-MMA/BJJ Coach, Loren Landow- Strength and Conditioning, and a variety of striking coaches. Fighters that come to Elevation Fight Team are welcome to bring their own coaches from their home gyms as well.

MMA is an individual sport but without a good team and support system behind the individuals competing it makes it very difficult to succeed. Elevation Fight Team is dedicated to provide a great training/team/family atmosphere that will attract high level fighters that are aspiring to become the best in the world. With a fighters first mentality and a team that is willing to give anyone a chance, it is clear that this team is going to be different.

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Anyone interested in joining or hearing more about Elevation Fight Team can contact Leister Bowling at

Elevation Fight Team

The new team! We are all excited. I'm excited about the possibilities. This team will be built on the right principles: not of selfishness, pride or greed, but of generosity, humility and service to each other. This will built trust in our teammates and coaches and everyone will benefit. By giving freely to each other, we will actually benefit ourselves more than if we have selfishness as our attitude.

Here I am at the UFC open workouts

At the mall in Montreal. There are 1 or two thousand fans I'd guess. A ton of media. Cool experience.

Great training week!

My Commercial

This is the commercial I just shot two weeks ago for  Check it out.  It just started airing nationally! helps people pay their bills while they wait for their settlement.

Tough practice

I'm happy to be helping people with their bills when they can't work!


I will soon be filming commercials for as the national spokesperson.  I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity!


By Thomas Gerbasi

Nate Marquardt can win his fight with Tarec Saffiedine this Saturday in Oklahoma, defending his Strikeforce welterweight title for the first and last time in the process, move back to the UFC, race through the division and win the championship there, make 20 defenses, and still, when people put together his defining moment in the sport, it will point back to February 21, 2009 and the finish of his fight with Wilson Gouveia.
You remember that one don’t you, the finish that looked like it came straight out of a videogame, where Marquardt delivered a flying knee, kicks to the head and body, a spinning backfist and a series of punches within seconds before a final knee ended the bout? Marquardt sure does, blow for blow... click here to continue reading article on article

As Nate Marquardt (32-10-2 MMA, 1-0 SF) fielded questions from the media this past Saturday night, it was fairly obvious most of the reporters assumed he is UFC bound.
After being pressed a little, the 33-year-old Strikeforce welterweight champ admitted he also has the same perception. However, Marquardt insisted he's not looking past his Jan. 12 date with Tarec Saffiedine (13-3 MMA, 5-1 SF), even if it seems everyone else is... Continued- click here for