UFC Fighters Cross Train with New Jersey Devils Hockey Team

Six UFC fighters received the opportunity to train with an National Hockey League team. Corey Anderson, Forrest Griffin, Chris Wade, Jessica Eye, Chris Provino, and CM Punk are all getting to train with the New Jersey Devils training staff.

Chris Wade, a Long Island native and also an avid hockey fan posted to his Instagram a photo of all the fighters Jersey’s hanging in a locker, with each fighters name posted on their locker.

“Very excited to have the opportunity to be training today with the New Jersey Devils! I’m a huge hockey fan so I’m really looking forward to the experience. Our gear looks sickk too!” Said Wade.


Wade improved his record on Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 81 to 4-0 inside the octagon and 11-1 overall. He earned a submission victory via Rear Naked Choke in the first round.

Corey Anderson, Ranked No. 12 in the light heavyweight division is also training with the Devils. He is an Illinois native, but since fighting for Frankie Edgar on TUF, Anderson has been training out in New Jersey.

The Ultimate Fighter winner is 4-1 in the UFC and holds an 8-1 overall record. He is set to fight again at UFC 197 against Tom Lawlor.


I’m extremely excited today to head over to #NewJerseyDevilstraining center today and cross train with them this week. From the name on the Jerseys you can put together some of the guys I’ll b working with and girl.” Corey Anderson wrote in the caption on his Instagram post. 

CM Punk, yet to make his debut in the UFC, but the former WWE super star is a Chicago native and a known fan of the Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.


The New Jersey Devils posted a tweet about the six UFC fighters arriving.


After seeing Matt Serra and Dana White falling all over the ice on ‘Looking for a Fight’, Maybe the Devils can teach the fighters to skate and the fighters teach the hockey players to punch??

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Kyle Carroll
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).