A-Rod buys UFC Gym Kendall with plans for more in Miami-Dade

UFC Gym Kendall. Inset: Alex Rodriguez (Credit: Getty Images)
UFC Gym Kendall. Inset: Alex Rodriguez (Credit: Getty Images)

Former Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez is beefing up his interests in the fitness industry.

A-Rod has purchased the UFC Gym Kendall as well as the development rights to create more UFC-branded gyms in Miami-Dade County, the Miami Herald reported. The professional baseball player, who retired last year, is also a real estate investor.

The Kendall gym, at 8851 Southwest 107th Avenue, features a 24-foot octagon, training and cardio machines, a bag room, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio and more. UFC has six locations in Florida and more then 100 in the United States and Canada.

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The UFC Gym deal isn’t Rodriguez’s first foray into the fitness industry. He and 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov launched Energy in Mexico, a fitness concept with nine existing locations and more in the pipeline, according to the Herald.

The baseball player, who lives in Coral Gables and purchased a unit in at the Related Group’s GranParaiso, also owns A-Rod Corp. and Newport Property and Monument, the latter of which is a Midwest-Southeast real estate investment and management firm, the newspaper reported.

Rodriguez was sued in 2015 by his ex-brother-in-law over a real estate deal in Edgewater, which alleged that Rodriguez went behind his brother-in-law’s back and cut him out the profits. He is currently dating actress and fellow exercise enthusiast Jennifer Lopez. [Miami Herald] – Katherine Kallergis