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"Where Fighting is ALWAYS the Answer"
468 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA 18071
Office 610-377-3329 Gym 610-826-4400

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and our Rat Pack Fight Team are the heart and sole of RPFS. Headed up by our team of professional MMA fighters, Rat Pack’s MMA program is open to all teens and adults who are serious about their MMA training and is mandatory for those who wish to one day step in the cage as part of the RPFS Fight Team. With over 100 professional and amateur bouts under our belt including 10 MMA Title belts.

Bring your gloves, cup, mouthpiece and heart and check your ego at the door!


Joel Roberts (Head Instructor)

Joel Roberts began training in Jr. High School in the sport of wrestling. He followed up a four year high school varsity career with a three year stint as a varsity wrestling coach for Lehighton High School. Joel has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitu for six years and was awarded a Blue Belt "on the spot" by Grand Master Francisco Mansor, 9th Degree Red Belt during a 2006 seminar. Currently a Brown Belt under Renzo Gracie Black Belt, Brian Miller, Joel fought his first MMA match in June 2007on the "King of the Cage- Explosion" card defeating his opponent, who went into the fight with a record of 11-8, in 45 seconds of the first round by arm bar! He then went on to increase his amateur record to 5-1 and in August of 2008, he bested previously undefeated Jeff Lentz of Ultimate Fighter fame to capture the N.B.F. Super Middleweight Title. Joel won the 150lb Expert Division title at the 2009 NAGA Battle at the Beach and turned pro the same year. As a professional, Joel boasts wins over 2x All American wrestler Biff Walizer and in March 2011 he stopped rising star Scott "The Animal" Heckman in the second round to capture the PA Cage Fighting Pro Featherweight Championship.


MATTHEW RIDDLE:  Instructor Wrestling/MMA

Effective October 2014 RPFS is proud to welcome back to its ranks UFC Veteran Matthew Riddle! Matthew was a part of the RPFS family before being selected for Season 7 of the Ultimate Fighter reality TV show which launched what would end up being a 9-3 record in the UFC. One of the most naturally talented MMA fighters in the world, Riddle is one of only 2 men in history who fought every professional fight in his career in the UFC before parting ways with the promotion in 2013. Living in Las Vegas for the past 6 years Riddle has trained with many of the best fighters and coaches in the world and will be sharing the skills and knowledge he gleaned during that time with our members on a regular basis now that he has relocated back to Pennsylvania.


Tom Pasquierello is an assistant instructor in the RPFS children's MMA and Matt Rat programs as well as a MMA instructor for our adult members. An experienced competitor with a 3-2 amatuer record in the cage Tommy is the former Pennsylvania Warrior Challenge 135lbs champion as well as the 2010 NAGA Battle at the Beach submission champion in the intermediate division. Tom brings this extensive background and experience along with a passion for teaching and enthusiasm for teaching to each of his classes, whether children or adult, and we are pleased and honoured to have him as a member of the Rat Pack staff.


Brett Martinez

During his tenure at RPFS Brett "Young Blood Martinez" has gained a reputation for having the best take downs in the house which is quite an impressive feat considering the level of fighters who train and teach at this facility. At Northern Lehigh High School, Brett was a 4 time District medalist and a 3rd place Regional Champion. In May 2010 Brett finished a 4 year scholarship run at Kutztown University where he was a 4 year started, a 2 time Regional medalist and a 2 time placer in PSAC. Currently, 3-0 as a professional MMA fighter with 3 first round stoppages, Brett is quickly becoming the hottest 145lbs prospect on the PA MMA circuit and everyone expects very big things from this kid in the futre.

Matthew Breiner (Assistant Instructor)

Matthew “Big Red” Breiner is a professional MMA fighter who, before turning pro, boasted an amateur record of 5-1 which included 4 victories via devastating knock out. At 6’ 1” tall and well over 200lbs, Matt, who came to the world of MMA via college football, is not just a great fighter but an outstanding athlete. Known throughout PA for his striking abilities, Matt’s physical prowess combined with his unique personal charm makes him a welcome addition to the RPFS striking staff.

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