UFC® fighters Forrest Griffin and Miesha Tate host self defense class at The Center on July 1

Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters Forrest Griffin and Miesha Tate from The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) will host a self defense class at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) on Tuesday, July 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The self defense class is free and open to all ages and genders.  Led by UFC® Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin and women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate, attendees will learn basic self-defense techniques based on the martial arts these champions use in the famous UFC Octagon®.  The class is the first of several that UFC® will host at The Center, with additional dates to be announced in the near future.


Last year, UFC® and The Center announced a partnership designed to raise awareness of the realities of HIV among young individuals under 30 years-old by launching an awareness campaign called “Protect Yourself At All Times.” The campaign features two key messages - get tested to know your status and protect yourself with safe sex practices.  UFC® athletes and personalities – including Griffin and Tate - continue to raise awareness for organizations throughout the nation that offer free HIV tests and educational initiatives, including The Center’s LGBTQ+ program, which offers incentives for getting tested.


Serving as a critical part of Southern Nevada Health District’s testing and counseling programs, The Center offers complimentary HIV testing and counseling to Nevada residents.  Testing is available Monday – Thursday, as well as the first Saturday of each month.  For times, visit


About The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada:

In 2014, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) celebrates 20 years as a community-based organization supporting and promoting activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community, its allies and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.


For more information, call 702-733-9800 or visit Keep up with the latest news and updates on The Center via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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