While names like Mike Pyle, Forrest Griffin and team namesake Randy Couture dominate the Xtreme Couture landscape, there is a next generation of fighters being produced by the gym that is about to the explode onto the scene.
Fighters such as lightweight Lance Wipf, who will be challenging for the Palace Fighting Championship 155-pound title against California standout Brian Cobb on Jan. 22 in Lemoore, Calif.
"You see the fighters that come out of there in the past that they've taken to be successful in the fight game, and we're right on track with them," said Wipf of the up and coming fighters of Xtreme Couture. "Trying to follow the footsteps of those who have made it to the UFC and that have a great career in the fight world."
One would think having to live up to such high expectations from a team that produces some of the best fighters in the world would be a daunting task to the next generation athletes, but according to Lance, it's not so.
"I feel pressure on myself to perform and win the fight that I have in front of me," he stated. "There's no pressure from the gym – it's me that has to perform, the pressure I'm putting on myself."
At this Thursday's PFC, Wipf will get an opportunity to showcase his skills for the next level of competition as he faces a fellow fighter on the possible verge of a breakthrough in titleholder Brian Cobb.
"To be honest, in my opinion, Brian's a one-dimensional fighter," exclaimed Wipf. "If I can overcome his wrestling, I feel I can take him out of his game plan and comfort zone to where he's frustrated and feels like he's thrown for a loop.
"I feel I'm the superior fighter and it's a great match-up for me."
The winner of the fight could see their stock rise enough to where they could get that opportunity to shine on a bigger stage, but Wipf won't let the possibilities take his focus off the fight itself.
"I would love to see myself in the bigger shows like the UFC, WEC or Strikeforce, but I still have to prove myself, I guess," he said. "And that's all I focus on, is winning one fight at a time, and when the time comes I'll get the call to the big shows.
"I'd like to thank all the fans coming out to support me; Projekt Label, Remington Reed, and Rebecca Ryan Long. I'm excited for this fight, and if you come to watch me live or on the internet, you're in for a show – win, lose or draw – you're going to watch a battle."