Welcome to Evolution Mixed Martial Arts!!!


In the Lumina Commons Shopping Center with Harris Teeter and West Marine just down from David’s Deli

Nova Uniao Black Belts - Charuto keeps them pumped

By taking proven techniques from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Wrestling, Evolution Mixed Martial Arts Academy has developed a program by which EVERYONE, regardless of age, gender or previous experience, can learn this exciting new sport!

We offer beginner classes in all three areas of martial arts as well as more advanced sessions for students with previous experience. World class instruction and fitness programs have been designed and scheduled for amateur and professional competitors at state and national levels. Evolution is dedicated to the promotion of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the Wilmington area. Our staff is committed to creating a friendly team environment where everyone’s individual needs are met.

We provide a clean, newly renovated facility outfitted with the latest equipment, showers and dressing areas. We are located at Wrightsville Beach, NC… one block from the ocean!

Come train with our experienced and dedicated instructors and find out for yourself why Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is the fastest growing sport in America!


  • Evolution Mixed Martial Arts conducted a women’s self defense seminar with the Wilmington Police Department on September 10, 2013 to help keep women save from attackers
  • Not only are we the only gym in Wilmington to have a BJJ Black Belt, but we now have 5 Black Belts in house with the only other 2 Black Belts within driving distance affiliated with us!  Come train with the best, and feel free to ask when Renato “Charuto” Verissimo will be visiting next.
  • We are proud of David Mejia for his Bellator victory on February 14, 2013 in Charlotte, NC.  He is now 5-0 and is looking forward to his next MMA fight!
  • Evolution has expanded. We are your one stop fitness place. More classes, great instruction and member benefits. Now offering personal training, tanning, sports massage and an awesome lounge with free WIFI
  • Evolution is officially affiliated with Renato ‘Charuto’ Verissimo – Nova Uniao, Hawai