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Ed Clay is a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and at one point, he even ranked as high as 9th in the world. He ran one of the largest Mixed Martial Arts schools in the United States with multiple students fighting in events such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In 2015, Ed acquired the CHIPSA hospital in Tijuana, Mexico along with his partners, Scott Nelson and Deddrick Perry. He is currently the President of the United Cancer Centers where they help end-stage cancer patients get access to a combination of conventional and alternative treatment.


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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • [02:39] Jeremy Introduces his guest, Ed Clay 
  • [04:52] How Ed Clay attracted top scientists, researchers, and doctors to work at the United Cancer Centers
  • [06:44] Ed talks about the challenge of bringing together the ideals of the conventional community and the alternative community in treating cancer
  • [10:05] Ed explains why the cost for clinical trials is higher in the US
  • [10:57] What is the Right to Try legislation and how the United Cancer Centers is using it to gather data for different cancer treatments in an efficient way
  • [15:29] Ed recalls his struggle with pain, his addiction to painkillers, and the realizations that came with this experience
  • [19:30] Why mindset plays a big role in cancer treatment
  • [21:33] Ed shares how he prepares himself by getting into the right mindset before his competitions
  • [24:58] How Ed and his partners, Scott Nelson and Deddrick Perry, discovered and how they decided to buy the CHIPSA hospital
  • [28:49] Ed talks about how he met Scott and Deddrick, and how their business partnership has impacted their friendship
  • [30:49] Ed reveals how he helped his mother beat rheumatoid arthritis
  • [36:15] The typical cancer patients who come to the United Cancer Centers and CHIPSA and how patients can find them
  • [38:07] Ed talks about remarklable cases that he has encountered and what treatments worked for them
  • [40:54] At what point is it ok to seek alternative treatment to cancer? 
  • [43:35] Why having a passion for people is important in helping cancer patients and why it’s a must in Ed’s business
  • [46:15] Ed shares about the parallels between fighting cancer and Mixed Martial Art
  • [49:23] The biggest misconceptions about using alternative approaches for cancer treatment 
  • [52:29] Why cancer patients must leave their ego at the door and why they need to keep an open mind when seeking cancer treatment
  • [56:54] Ed’s advice for cancer prevention 
  • [59:58] How to get in touch with CHIPSA hospital and United Cancer Centers
  • [1:00:49] Ed shares with Jeremy his most challenging and his proudest moments in business
  • [1:04:21] An inspiring story of how one of their patients was able to beat cancer without chemotherapy

In this episode…

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death all over the world. And when you or your loved one gets diagnosed with end-stage cancer, devastated doesn’t even begin to explain how it feels to be in that situation. Cancer is not only hard to battle on the physical, mental, and emotional realm, it is also financially challenging. The reality is, cancer treatment is not a walk in the park and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another; this is why for Ed Clay, President of United Cancer Centers, finding the right treatment is crucial to increasing your odds at defeating the big C.

Ed Clay is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter turned fighter of end-stage cancer through CHIPSA hospital, an inpatient cancer facility in Mexico that provides alternative cancer treatment methods. The United Cancer Centers are a collection of US-based outpatient clinics that seek to redefine the concept of informed decision making for cancer patients by providing access to a wider array of both FDA-approved and investigational treatment options.

On this episode of Inspired Insider, Ed talks to Jeremy about what inspired him to search for alternative treatment options for diseases. Listen in as Ed details how he and his partners discovered CHIPSA, why passion and compassion are keys to helping cancer patients deal with their struggles, and why there is really no one-size-fits-all cure for cancer. It’s an incredibly informative episode filled with personal experiences and learnings, realizations, and an emphasis on the value of life so stay tuned.

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Episode Transcript

Jeremy Weisz  0:22  

Dr. Jeremy Weisz here, founder of where I talk with inspirational entrepreneurs and leaders like the founders, you’ve heard of some you’ve never heard of like the founder of p90x, Tony Horton. He talked about how he made money as a street mine. Okay, that’s how we make money, his food and rent money. You put a head on the street to street mining and that’s how he made money before he sold hundreds of millions of dollars of the p90x program. Baby Einstein founder Julie Clark talks about growing her company to $20 million with five employees selling to Disney. But add you’d appreciate this, you know, the most important and I thought most impactful was she did This and she beat cancer twice. While starting and running these companies. Atari founder Nolan Bushnell talked about when Steve Steve Jobs his mentor, Steve offered Nolan 33% of Apple for $50,000. And why he said no imagine that and many more. So check out, and 


This episode is brought to you by Rise25, which I co founded with my business partner John Corcoran and the restaurant five we help the b2b businesses connect to their dream 100 clients and referral partners, and we help you run your podcast so generates ROI. And for me, you know, add podcasting is much more personal. I mean, obviously, it’s the best thing I’ve done for my business in my life, had, you know, amazing relationships, referral partners, strategic partners, but it was inspired by my grandfather who was a Holocaust survivor and him and his brother were in concentration camps in Nazi Germany and they were only members of their family to survive. And his legacy lives on because the whole cast foundation did an interview with him. And to tell a story and he’s not alive anymore, but I could still watch that interview and I put it on my about page actually as part inside or to motivate me into it just helps them leave a legacy. 


So yes, podcasting helps your business but it really helps you and your guests leave a legacy beyond what we can do and so our you know, brain card isn’t vanish into the ether. So if you have questions about it, you can go to or email us support at and I believe any business should have a podcast period and I know as a podcast you’ll check it out to and Ed let me let me just introduce Ed for a second before we chat because she’s a jack of all you know, really a master not jack Hello crazy, a master of many trades. And clay is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter turned fighter of end stage cancer. Through the chips a hospital he started in Mexico in the United Cancer Centers, which are in the US. And at one point he was ranked as high as number nine in the world ran one of the largest mixed martial arts schools in the United States. And he would say, you know, I’ve heard him say he’s a better coach than an actual fighter but so I can’t imagine how good a coach you are based on that. 


But, you know, some of his students have been in the, you know, Ultimate Fighting Championships, his clothing brand game, this was acquired in 2011. And it was one of the largest suppliers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial arts uniforms in the world. And in 2015, he partnered up with Scott Nelson and dedrick Perry, and they acquired chips a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, and they took cancer management head on, they brought conventional and alternative signs of medicine. I know people drive and fly from all over the US and even world to go to their center because of the combinations that convention alternative they bring together to attack cancer from all angles in at also started united cancer centers which helped the sickest cancer patients around the United States, and has put together a team of some of the most experienced doctors, scientists and researchers. If you go to and check out the team, it’s just I don’t even know how he got these people just say yes, and he’s gonna tell tell me how. But add. Thanks for having me. And thanks for having Yeah, for being with me.


Ed Clay  4:26  

Thanks for having me on. Jeremy. Thanks. So


Jeremy Weisz  4:28  

I want you to tell the story about your mom, because it’s really influential. But I want to hold off on that for one second, because I was saying and we’ve talked about this before we hit record about united cancer centers. When you describe your team, it’s like the all star team. So talk about the team and how do you attract that type of talent?

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