Welcome to Absolute Mixed Martial Arts — world-class Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Strength, and Fitness training in the Melbourne CBD, Collingwood and St Kilda.

At Absolute MMA we strive to provide a safe, clean and enjoyable environment with a focus on modern and proven training methods, systems and techniques. This focus on effectiveness doesn’t mean that you have to be experienced to start training at Absolute MMA; we cater to students from all walks of life and can personalise training and fitness programs just for you.

From fitness and weights programs to get you in the best shape of your life, to the study of the world’s best fighting and self-defense systems — we have a wide range of classes to meet all needs at Absolute MMA. We also offer a range of personal training and corporate training options with programs specifically tailored to your needs.

A diverse, international and truly world-class array of competitors, professionals, trainers and teachers, the Absolute MMA team has the knowledge and experience to help you reach your fighting and fitness goals.





We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Drew Birch, one of our students at Absolute MMA Melbourne CBD.

Name/Nicknames: Drew Birch, also known as birchy, elbircho, drew barrymore and drewbee.

Occupation: Security Guard

Sports: Muay Thai

How did you get into the sport?
I did taekwondo as a child. Two years ago I started to get into boxing, but just felt the need to throw some kicks. I used to be really into UFC and really wanted to start doing MMA. It was from this interest I discovered muay thai and I fell in love with it.

What are your immediate training goals?
To push myself to the next level.

What are your goals for the next five years?
Next year I plan to train a lot and hopefully take some fights. In 2019, I plan to go back to Bangkok for two or three months to train and fight. By 2020, I want to be debt free and try to move to Thailand to live, train and fight.

Why do you love training at Absolute MMA?
The location for me is perfect. Absolute MMA has the best coaches and I have learnt so much here in just one year. I’ve made good friends and gotten nothing but good vibes from training here. I’m glad I can learn from the best.

What is your favourite move?
This is hard to answer! For me, I like to chop the legs, sweeps are the best.

Can you tell us about where you’re from and any interesting stories growing up? If you’re not originally from Melbourne, how’d you end up living in Melbourne, Australia?
I was born and raised in Melbourne, I grew up in Moonee Ponds. I was rejected from the army because I’m allergic to peanuts which lead me to working security at the casino, which lead me to getting back into martial arts, which in turn led me to this gym. As depressed as I was when I was rejected (it was my life dream to join the ADF), I’m the happiest now that I have ever been.

Who are the kind of people that you look up to and why?
People who follow their dreams and passions in life and won’t stop for anything. There’s only one way to rise to the top and that’s by never giving up. I really look up to my coach Toohey, he is a master. Hopefully one day I can be half the man and marital artist that he is. I also look up to Lukas “The Lycan” Catubig a lot, he is a beast and he always pushes himself hard in training.

If you could go back in time to your first martial art class, what would be the advice you give to your past self?
Slow down and don’t get too excited. Good things come to those who wait. Learn good technique first and the rest will follow.

“Although his tattoos and shaved head can make for an intimidating first impression, Drew is honestly one of the easiest blokes to get along with. He has not been training with us for long but has quickly become one of the more skilled Muay Thai members at the CBD location. Looking forward to seeing him have his first fight early next year!” – Darren Gn

“Drew is easy going, is a fun person to be around and easy to get along with. He always gives a hand in class to help people with their technique and is never late! He shows a lot of dedication and always trains at least 3 or 4 times a week. Anyone who gets to know Drew will get along fine with him, he is not stuck up. Girls he is single, six foot tall with lots of hair…haha!” – Coach Laos Toohey



WEEKEND RESULTS (03/11/2017 – 05/11/2017)

What a match up it was in the super fight of Grappling Industries Melbourne between Coach Craig Jones and Kit Dale ! Congratulations to Craig who emerged victorious after 20 minutes with a decision victory.

Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team was hugely dominant at this event, taking away first place in both the Adult Gi & No Gi as well as 3rd place in the Juveniles No Gi & Gi. We couldn’t be prouder of every single one of you who participated!

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One of our Boxing fight team members, Antonia Kay flew to Sydney to compete at the 2017 Australian Elite Boxing Championships as part of the Victorian Team. The referee called her semifinal fight after she took some damage, and she finished up with a Bronze medal. We would like to acknowledge how incredible it is to have made it to Nationals and how proud we are to have her training with us at Absolute MMA and Conditioning! Antonia has an amazing attitude and will only come back stronger after this learning experience.

Congratulations to the Victorian Team who finished up with 5 golds, 3 silvers and the Best Performed Team award!

(Photo Credit: Marcos Amado)




If the word “Reliable” was ever to manifest itself in the form of a person, it would be Moses “MoShow” Bentley, commonly known to Melbourne CBD gym-goers as Mo. With over 15 years experience in competitive sport, Mo has helped many of our members to reach their goals as well as our competitors to peak for contests. A generous man who’s rarely without a smile, Mo also knows how to make incredible chocolate chip protein pancakes, which are “guilt-free” in our books because they are protein pancakes (shhh).Now you know that fun fact, I’m sure you want more…read on for more about Mo!

Favourite workout/walkout song?

“2Pac – Ambitionz Az A Ridah”

Mantra/Quote to live by?

“If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results”

What is your favourite travel destination? Why?

“Hawaii, for the culture, beaches and surf.”

Have you done other sports besides martial art and which teams/athletes are your favourite?

I have done rugby, rugby league and tennis. My favourite team is the All Blacks, athlete wise it would be Rafael Nadal. Teams and athletes that do or die, and fight and play to the end are what I consider good sports.”

“Mo has great patience and will work with anyone at any level to make them feel comfortable and confident in the gym. People trust him with their kids training. What more do you need?” – Paul Bai 

“The best way to explain mo is probably by quoting one of my clients.. “mo is nicer than you”. And I’m a pretty nice bloke, so there you have it. He is a good coach, knows his shit and will always put in the extra time with his clients.” – Daniel Howard

“I’ve known Mo since before he was at Absolute. We actually started MMA together with Leigh Allwood as coach many moons ago. Mo not only has the arguably best training playlists, but is also one of the most genuine guys in the gym.” – David Lescai



WEEKEND RESULTS (27/10/2017 – 29/10/2017)

Amazing effort from the Absolute MMA Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu team this weekend at the 2017 IBJJF Pan Pacific Championship! The team took away the championship in No Gi BJJ and came second in Gi BJJ. Great to see an increase in our team numbers and points in both Gi and No Gi this year.

Congratulations to the team on a great result, you all have shown extreme dedication and we know how many hours of tireless training has been put into preparing for this competition!

We’re so proud of all 62 of you (and all 22 under Maromba!) who competed in the Pan Pacs this year. We hope that you all have come away inspired and motivated to improve, irrespective of whether you won or learned.


Coach Lachlan Giles “The Raptor Tractor” not only coached and encouraged our entire team through the weekend, but managed to clean out the adult black belt division second year in a row with a massive 4 gold medals (weight, open weight gi & no gi)!

Coach Livia Gluchowska came to Pan Pacs this year for the first time as a black belt- and did not disappoint, taking away gold! Our female team performed extremely well as a whole, with every single girl from our team taking away a medal this weekend. Amazing work ladies!

To our head BJJ coach Thiago Stefanutti, thank you for being an inspiration to the entire team, for all your endless hours of advice and support and continuing to give 100% at 41 years of age competing at the adult division. Congratulations to Thiago for coming second in his division this year!

Wishing a speedy recovery to our main man at St Kilda, Adam Jones who unfortunately broke and dislocated his ankle this weekend whilst competing in the final match of his division.