123 Search Results for American Kickboxing Academy

Aug 14, 2017 7:15 am

Coach Javier Mendez: Daniel Cormier is “at a crossroads” in his fighting career

On July 29, in the main event of the stacked UFC 214, then UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier attempted to defend his title against his fiercest rival in former champion Jon Jones. Though Cormier put forth a valiant effort, he was ultimately flattened by a Jones head-kick in the third, and polished off by...

Aug 6, 2017 5:11 pm

Josh Thomson shares an update on his return, eyes two rematches in the future

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (22-9 MMA) has gone 2-1 since joining Scott Coker and Bellator MMA in August of 2015. The American Kickboxing Academy staple scored a third-round submission finish (arm-triangle choke) over Mike Bronzoulis in his Bellator debut in September of 2015. Thomson followed up that win with an electrifying knockout victory...

Aug 6, 2017 3:39 pm

Josh Thomson details how Dana White prevented him from commentating for FOX Sports

At 38-years-old, former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (22-9 MMA) remains one of the very best 155-pound fighters in the sport of mixed martial arts. The product of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) was most recently seen in action this past February in San Jose, where he had his two-fight win streak snapped by Patricky Freire...

Jul 16, 2017 12:40 pm

UFC Glasgow results | Justin Willis defeats James Mulheron by decision

On Sunday night (Sunday afternoon in North America), the UFC returned to picturesque Glasgow, Scotland with UFC Fight Night 113. After an entertaining undercard, the main card was kicked off by a heavyweight bout between England’s James Mulheron and American Justin Willis. Both heavyweights were making their UFC debuts. Though Mulheron was not without his...

Feb 6, 2017 9:22 am

EXCLUSIVE | Ben Rothwell discusses the injuries of Cain Velasquez and his teammates

Back in December of 2016, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was scheduled to rematch a fellow former champ in Fabricio Werdum. The winner of this fight was expected to challenge reigning champ Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight crown. Unfortunately, Velasquez was forced out of this anticipated heavyweight showdown with an injury just days before...

Jan 23, 2017 11:21 am

Tim Kennedy updates on MMAAA recruitment, Bjorn Rebney’s involvement

Earlier this month, long-time middleweight contender Tim Kennedy announced his retirement from MMA. With this retirement from competition, Kennedy now shifts his focus to a new fight, as he battles on behalf of fighters as the President of the new Mixed Martial Arts Athlete’s Association. During an appearance on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour,...

Jan 4, 2017 7:06 am

Demi Lovato calls it quits with boyfriend Luke Rockhold

In the summer of 2016, we learned that former UFC middleweight champion and model Luke Rockhold and pop music superstar Demi Lovato had started dating. Though the two were initially fairly hush-hush about their relationship, they were spotted in public multiple times together – including a few appearances at UFC events – and ultimately went...

Dec 26, 2016 5:47 am

After Velasquez withdrawal, Fabricio Werdum calls for Stipe Miocic rematch in 2017

This Friday, the UFC will close the curtains on an unforgettable year with UFC 207. The card is a fittingly stacked one. In the main event, we’ll see women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes take on returning former champ Ronda Rousey. In the co-main event, meanwhile, dominant men’s bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will take on undefeated...

Nov 29, 2016 8:31 am

Daniel Cormier responds to concerns over AKA injuries

While the American Kickboxing Academy is home to some of the best fighters in the world, including UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, and top ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov to name just a few, the camp is often criticized for its fighters frequently pulling...

Oct 26, 2016 5:17 pm

Werdum protests Reebok deal while trolling on Instagram with rival Nike apparel

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum raised a lot of eyebrows after posting a photo of him donning Nike attire as a protest of Reebok’s stranglehold on the UFC’s sponsorship deals. He captioned the Nike picture with rather crass hashtags, writing “I’m not generic, I’m Nike since childhood,” while using hashtags in Spanish that in...

Oct 14, 2016 11:31 am

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | Real Quick with Mike Swick Episode 7 – Body Mutilation At The Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Former top ranked UFC welterweight Mike “Quick” Swick has recently enjoyed a bit of a career resurgence as a coach at AKA Thailand, a Phuket-based satellite of the original American Kickboxing Academy location in San Jose, California. Under Swick’s leadership, this Phuket facility has been referred to by AKA founder Javier Mendez as “the dream gym.” The...

Sep 8, 2016 1:43 pm

EXCLUSIVE | AKA Head Coach on Rockhold’s modeling career: “Everyone knows how good looking he is”

Luke Rockhold’s modeling contract surprised many in the MMA community except for his teammates and coaches at American Kickboxing Academy. American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez spoke exclusively to BJPenn.com on Thursday and discussed his teammate’s reactions to Rockhold’s recently signed modeling contract and budding career as a male model. “No one was surprised. Everyone knows...

Sep 7, 2016 7:44 am

Luke Rockhold on UFC Pay: ‘The Money is BS’

Yesterday, we addressed rumors of a middleweight showdown between Yoel Romero and Chris Weidman, which is apparently on tap for the UFC’s November 12 trip to New York City. This prospective bout is very exciting, as it will  mark the long-awaited returns of two of the middleweight division’s very best fighters. Yet the next move...

Apr 30, 2016 1:43 pm

Luke Rockhold defends AKA training methods despite injuries

Over the last several years, the American Kickboxing Academy has caught quite a bit of criticism for their fighter’s pulling out of fights due to injuries, most specifically Cain Velasquez and Khabib Nurmagomedov. In addition, Daniel Cormier was forced to withdraw from his first UFC fight when he injured his leg prior to his UFC...

Apr 4, 2016 1:49 pm

Jon Jones bitterly reacts to Daniel Cormier’s offer to help Ovince Saint Preux

The heated rivalry between former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and the current champion Daniel Cormier will continue on with Cormier having to pull out their title fight at UFC 197 on April 23rd. BJPENN.COM reported on Friday that Cormier had to withdraw from the title fight with Jones due to an injury suffered...

Apr 4, 2016 10:40 am

Daniel Cormier invites Ovince Saint Preux to train at AKA for bout with Jon Jones

Current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is unfortunately out of his title fight with Jon Jones at UFC 197 in April due to an injury suffered in training. It was announced by the UFC that Ovince Saint Preux would be stepping in as a late replacement for Cormier to face Jones in an interim...

Jan 1, 2016 11:17 am

Vote for your favorites! 2016 World MMA Award nominees announced

On Thursday, the nominees for the Fighters Only 2016 World MMA Awards were announced. Fans can vote for their favorite nominees at WorldMMAAwards.com. Voting is now open and will run through Friday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 12 Midnight PT. This marks the eighth annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards ceremony and will take place on...

Dec 27, 2015 1:39 pm

Move over movement coaches: Fabricio Werdum shows his Chi training Video

Watch the elegant grace of the Chi Back Spin?   Well heavyweight champ hasn’t quite yet created his own martial arts but he gives a pretty good visual on what that would look like. Fabricio Werdum will be defending his title at UFC 196 in Las Vegas against former champ Cain Velasquez.  With a win...

Nov 22, 2015 2:11 pm

Stop Drop and Watch! Luke Rockhold: Compilation Video

By Joe “JD” David Luke Rockhold fighting out of San Jose, CA at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) is weeks away from competing for a middleweight championship belt. Rockhold has a record of (14-2 MMA 4-1 UFC) His most recent test was with former champion Lyoto “The Dragon Machida on a UFC on FOX headliner. Riding...

Oct 16, 2015 5:34 pm

Old School BJ Penn pic with Mikyo Riggs, Leandro Nyza, Tony Desouza

Check out this Old School pic sent to us by Mikyo Riggs(2nd to right), BJ first met Mikyo when he started his jiu-jitsu journey in Mt. View, California at the Ralf Gracie BJJ Academy. He sent us this pic with the caption, “Some of the best training of my life out in Hilo, Hawaii”. On...

Sep 18, 2015 11:45 am

Thomson On Bellator’s Future –– ‘Rome Wasn’t Built In One Day’

American Kickboxing Academy’s Josh ‘The Punk’ Thomson is all set to make his Bellator MMA debut in San Jose, CA, at the historic ‘Dynamite’ event, which will feature both MMA fights and GLORY kickboxing in one venue, with the cage and ring right next to each other. Thomson will be fighting in front of a...

Sep 10, 2015 3:15 pm

Bethe Correia Says Goodbye To Brazil –– Now Training With A UFC Champ!

  UFC bantamweight and recent title challenger, Bethe Correia, has decided she needs to step things up if she’s ever going to get back to the title, and possibly win it. Correia fought Ronda Rousey at UFC 190, in her home country of Brazil. The fight only lasted 34 seconds, then Correia found herself face...

Aug 25, 2015 2:17 pm

AKA Coach Takes Responsibility For Cain’s Loss: ‘I Failed At My Job’

[ooyala code=”xsazBmdjpnbNG4OCyqDfUvlBM700o40k” player_id=”bd214e34cfad476984102de4bf5e8da2″ width=”640″ height=”360″ auto=”true” autoplay=”true”] Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is well known for being a cardio-machine inside the octagon. The Mexican-American fighter is often able to push a pace that his opponents simply can’t match, which eventually causes them to crumble beneath him. However, that was not the case in Cain’s...

Aug 19, 2015 10:15 am

DC: ‘There’s No Tension Between AKA And Dana White’

[ooyala code=”A4N2pzdjpsLmDW4gZHlii26WWWSnJyGR” player_id=”bd214e34cfad476984102de4bf5e8da2″ width=”960″ height=”540″ auto=”true” autoplay=”true”] UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is in a little bit of a pickle. He’s apart of American Kickboxing Academy, or AKA for short. That’s his team and those are his training partners. He’s also obviously the UFC champ and works as a UFC analyst on FOX Sports....

Aug 19, 2015 5:23 am

AKA’s Killers Gather — Cain, D.C., Rockhold, Khabib, More Training Footage — All Access

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