Tiger Muy Thai’s MMA Coaching Team
Tiger Muay Thai is proud to present our MMA Trainers, the most talent stacked mma coaching team in Thailand. Head of the MMA program is current signed UFC Fighter Brian Ebersole with a professional record of 50-15-2. Also coaching MMA and wrestling is UFC and Belator Veteran Roger Huerta. Running the BJJ program is Fernando Maccachero, Thailands (highest ranked) and only resident 4th degree BJJ Black Belt.
Head MMA Instructor Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole
Brian Ebersole is what you’d call a “journeyman” in the world of mixed martial arts. Since the end of his Division I collegiate wrestling career, he’s traveled throughout much of the U.S. and Australia in search of fights (with a number of different promotions)—and the opportunity to develop his professional career.
It’s all been part of the relentless pursuit of his goals. And more than anything, Brian has always been willing to work harder than “the other guy.” So he’s entirely deserving of the success he’s achieved and the incredible titles he now enjoys—as undefeated UFC Welterweight and head MMA coach for one of the finest martial arts training camps in Southeast Asia. Now a seasoned veteran in the sport, Brian has posted 65 professional fights with 49 wins.
And with a so-called “iron chin”, one of his most note-worthy achievements is the fact that he’s never been knocked out in any one of those 65 bouts. He’s also earned a reputation as a scrappy—but unorthodox—stand-up fighter, as well as one of the most dominant wrestlers in MMA, with rock-solid defense. Brian made his unlikely UFC debut against the legendary Chris Lytle at UFC 127 on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. He scored an upset victory by unanimous decision, earning well-deserved “Fight of the Night” honors. Two subsequent wins over Dennis Hallman and Claude Patrick brought his UFC record at the time to a perfect 3-0.
In addition to his prowess as a fighter, Brian is also a hell-of-a coach, a warm and personable guy—and quite a character. At some point, he began shaving an arrow into his chest hair—which has become infamously known as “the Hairrow”—that points to his chin in order to let his opponents know where to hit him. But through all of the incredible success, Brian Ebersole remains a humble guy, who is an absolute pleasure to know.
Furthermore, his patience and incredible knowledge as a coach make him the perfect choice to head-up the MMA program here at Tiger Muay Thai and MMA.
MMA & Wrestling Coach Roger “El Matador” Huerta
Roger Huerta is a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter with nearly 30 professional fights under his belt. A veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Huerta competed in the promotion’s lightweight division, entering the UFC with a 14-1-1 record at the age of 23. Huerta has also fought in Bellator Fighting Championships and the biggest MMA promotion in Asia, ONE FC. He is noted for also fighting three bouts on the same day in 2004.
A native of Austin, Texas, Huerta was an amateur wrestler at Augsberg College in Minnesota when he began his MMA career. Already an expert amateur wrestler, he recently attained his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under 4th degree Black Belt Fernando Maccachero at Tiger Muay Thai and MMA Training Camp Phuket, Thailand. Huerta has also trained with legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach, former UFC Middleweight Champion Dave Menne, and heralded MMA trainer Greg Jackson.
As the first MMA fighter to have graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, Huerta was seen as the new breed of fighter and an ambassador of the sport. The responsibility landed him a role in the film “Tekken” portraying the character of Miguel “Caballero” Rojo.
BJJ & Grappling Coach Fernando Maccachero
Leading Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling classes as well as boost the MMA program is Professor Fernando Maccachero. A 5th Degree Black Belt, currently the highest ranked resident BJJ Black Belt in Thailand, under Crezio de Souza, also holds a Brown Belt in Judo. He was hand picked by former UFC champion and Brazilian Top Team founder Murillo Bustamante to become BTT’s representative in Thailand as well as TMT.
Maccachero has instructed everyone from Special Police Forces in the United Arab Emirates to Army Special Forces and Military Police in Brazil as well as Sheriff’s departments in the United States. Maccachero was most recently an instructor in the US as a part of the Brazilian Top Team’s Fightclub academy.
“I think the students can expect me to teach them more technique. I’d love to improve on people’s technique, and create structure for them to grow,” Maccachero explains.
During his time at TMT, Maccachero hopes to promote certain students with belts and watch them grow in the sport of BJJ. It’s something that has become familiar for him since promoting about 15 Black Belts in Brazil.
“It’s very emotional for me to put the Black Belt for a guy. He’s part of your family then and it’s nice when you all this time with somebody and he gets to learn from you.”