108 Search Results for American Kickboxing Academy

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’

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 most recent effort at UFC 188 in...

Aug 19, 2015 10:15 am

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

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. So when his teammates Josh Koscheck and...

Aug 14, 2015 9:33 am

AKA Has Three Title Fights Coming Up — Who you got?

  One gym, three upcoming title fights, things are looking pretty good for American Kickboxing Academy right now. UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defend his belt for the first time at UFC 192 against Alexander Gustafsson. That fight’s scheduled for Oct. 3 in Houston, TX. Although he suffered a tough loss in his...

Aug 11, 2015 5:28 pm

Bellator Signs Josh Thomson To Exclusive Multi-Fight Contract

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion and, now, former UFC lightweight Josh Thomson is now a Bellator MMA lightweight. The promotion announced today that they have reached an exclusive multi-fight contract with Thomson. The UFC choose not to renew the top lightweight’s contract and it looks like Bellator wasted no time grabbing him up. Via press release:...

Jul 26, 2015 2:00 am

Luke Rockhold is DWARFED By These Bodybuilders

Luke Rockhold is by no means a small man. The American Kickboxing Academy championship contender trains with the likes of Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier, so he’s used to throwing down with bigger guys. It doesn’t get much bigger than Jay Cutler and Akim Williams, though. Cutler has won several body building awards including the...

Jun 16, 2015 7:31 am

Cormier Sends Special Message To Velasquez

UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was in the corner for his teammate, Cain Velasquez’s fight. Unfortunately things didn’t do their way and Velasquez loss to Fabricio Werdum. Heading into UFC 188, American Kickboxing Academy, or AKA, were riding high with two UFC champions and Luke Rockhold announced as the next middleweight title challenger. There was...

Jun 14, 2015 10:51 am

Velasquez on Having 2 Weeks to Adjust to Altitude: ‘Maybe That Wasn’t Enough’

Cain Velasquez walked into the octagon for the first time in almost two years on Saturday night at “UFC 188”. Fabricio Werdum stood across from him in the opposite corner and the two fought to decide the fate of the Undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship. What was thought to be Velasquez’s biggest advantage over his heavyweight...

Jun 10, 2015 1:33 pm

Nothing Much… Just living that “Championship Lifestyle”

American Kickboxing Academy is full of nothing but positive attitude right now. The gym now has two current UFC champions with Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez, and a future title challenger with Luke Rockhold. Not to mention lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov healing up from injury, who could challenge for the title in the future. So what...

Jun 9, 2015 3:35 pm

Khabib’s Dad Talks About The Injury Rate At AKA

Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez, Luke Rockhold and Khabib Nurmagomedov all train at American Kickboxing Academy. That’s two current UFC champions, one upcoming title challenger and one of the top UFC lightweights. So what’s the big deal? The deal is that UFC president has been vocal with his opinions on AKA and their training methods. White...

Jun 6, 2015 6:50 am

Rockhold, Velasquez And Cormier Phone Home

The boys of AKA are riding high right now. American Kickboxing Academy now currently has two UFC champions under its roof and a potential third coming up in the future. Cain Velasquez will defend his heavyweight title against Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City, Daniel Cormier just won the light-heavyweight strap by defeating Anthony Johnson and...

May 13, 2015 9:30 am

Khabib on Injuries — ‘I’ll be training smarter next time’

Khabib Nurmagomedov was as upset as anybody else when he learned he was being forced to pull out of his bout with Donald Cerrone at UFC 187. Nurmagomedov hasn’t fought since April 2014 and he is itching for an octagon return. “Fans sometimes talk crazy, but it’s OK,” Nurmagomedov told “MMA Hour“. “I understand fans...

May 10, 2015 1:50 pm

SAY IT! “Tell Me I’m Special, Khabib!” — AKA All Access

Two of the UFC’s elite wrestling based fighters, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Daniel Cormier, go back and forth while Cormier fishes for compliments from his AKA Training partner. American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) houses some of the UFC’s most elite level competitors. Luke Rockhold, Josh Thomson, Daniel Cormier, Cain Velasquez, and Khabib Nurmagomedov all sit at the...

May 7, 2015 9:33 am

‘Cain Velasquez and I Didn’t Spar — We FOUGHT For 5 Rounds’

American Kickboxing Academy has been under some scrutiny as of late with the recent injury of Khabib Nurmagomedov. UFC President Dana White blamed them of training as if they were in the “stone age” and asked them to update their training routine. Daniel Cormier enjoys training like a cave-man and says AKA won’t change a...

May 6, 2015 2:30 pm

Khabib: ‘Sitting At Home & Watching Dos Anjos Win Was Hard’

Currently 22-0, Khabib Nurmagomedov joins host Jon Anik in studio to discuss his rapid rise to become an elite lightweight contender. Nurmagomedov was originally scheduled to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 187, but was pulled after he suffered an injury while training at American Kickboxing Academy. ROCKHOLD! ‘The Dragon Has Been Slayed, And It Feels...

Apr 30, 2015 4:22 pm

REAL TALK! Rockhold, Cormier Keep It Real While Talking Jon Jones

BJPENN.COM’s Layzie The Savage was on scene at American Kickboxing Academy shortly after news broke of Jon Jones’ title stripping and suspension. Here’s reactions from Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold. WATCH! Rousey Pulls Of Armbar Against Luke Rockhold!

Apr 24, 2015 3:02 pm

LOL! — D.C. Pokes At Khabib — ‘We’ve created a trash talking MONSTER!’

American Kickboxing Academy’s Khabib Nurmagomedov is a trash talking savant. His game takes no prisoners, and he manages to back up all the talk inside the cage. With BJPENN.COM’s Layzie The Savage on scene, we got this candid back-and-forth between two UFC stars, as they breakdown the confident trash talk Khabib dishes out. Luke Rockhold...

Apr 22, 2015 9:30 am

Velasquez & AKA Respond Dana White Calling Their Gym ‘Stone Age’

American Kickboxing Academy hosts some of the world’s most dominant fighters and it is partially because of their coach Javier Mendez. UFC President Dana White accused AKA of operating under a “stone age” mentality where they work their fighters to the bone which causes fighters to pull out of their fights due to injuries. UFC...