10 MMA Stars Who Dated Their Coaches

Some teachers truly love thier students.

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Mixed martial artists spend countless hours in the gym, honing their craft. In many cases, particularly for those who compete at the highest level, there is a coach (or team) with them every step of the way.

A coach plays a major part in a fighter's career and (ideally) is there through the good times and the bad. As such, there is often a unique bond that develops between fighter and coach. Usually, this relationship is strictly professional.

That being said, over the years, we have seen several coach/fighter relationships that have blossomed into full-blown romances. In fact, there are a handful of fighters who have gone on to wed the individual who has helped guide their career.

Getting intimately involved with a business associate comes with its share of risk. Still, there are several examples of couples who have gone on to achieve great things while finding a way to separate their personal and professional lives.

With that in mind, it's time to take a look at the most high-profile fighter/trainer couples. Some of these duos are still going strong, while others have since parted ways.


From 1999-2003 Jacques performed on the Florida independent pro wrestling circuit. He also has an amateur wrestling background and currently holds a certification in Krav Maga. Jacques graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on twitter @goodeals79.