112 Search Results for American Kickboxing Academy

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...

Apr 21, 2015 2:27 pm

White: ‘You Can Blame Velasquez’s Injuries on Stone-Age AKA’

“Some of the camps are still in the stone ages and need to be brought up to date. AKA is one of those places. You’ve got Cain Velasquez, our heavyweight champion, who’s always hurt. Those guys go to war every day. He’s training for a fight and he’s going to war with Daniel Cormier every...

Feb 10, 2015 10:31 am

Velasquez, Cormier Back In Training

Two of American Kickboxing Academy’s staples, Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier have returned to training. Cormier, no doubt, was taking some much-needed time off following his decision loss to Jon Jones, and Velasquez was out with injury. Check it: The boys are back #TeamAKA @cainmma @dc_mma http://t.co/4bHwDGjiz5 — Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) February 9, 2015 The...

Oct 13, 2014 7:57 pm

Fitch Unveils Gameplan For Palhares Bout

Jon Fitch is set to take on WSOF champion Rousimar Palhares in a highly anticipated match that was supposed to go down several months ago, but was forced to withdraw after his mother became ill (Read about that HERE). Now the match is finally set to go down on December 27th at WSOF 16. Fitch...

Oct 8, 2014 6:06 pm

Cormier Replaces Fitch As AKA Team Captain

Longtime American Kickboxing Academy Team Captain, Jon Fitch, has left San Jose for a new life in Las Vegas. As such, he’s relinquished his title as captain, and Daniel Cormier has been voted in. D.C. is set to fight Jon Jones for the UFC light-heavyweight world title on January 3rd. The American Kickboxing Academy has...

Sep 1, 2014 8:32 am

Homeless MMA Fighter Training For Comeback Fight

Fight fans may remember Matt Major, a contestant on the show ‘Tapout’, and former Bellator MMA fighter, who was released after back to back losses to Alexander Shlemenko and Brett Cooper in 2010. Major hasn’t fought since being released by Bellator, and has been homeless. He will be making his MMA return against David Mitchell...

Sep 1, 2014 5:08 am

PHOTO | Khabib Nurmagomedov Training With Cain Velasquez

Khabib Nurmagomedov is coming off surgery to repair a torn meniscus, however he took some time to head down to American Kickboxing Academy and train with Cain Velasquez. Nurmagomedov was supposed to sign to fight Donald Cerrone prior to tearing his meniscus. No word has emerged yet as to when The Eagle will return to...

Aug 21, 2014 1:56 pm

PHOTO | Cain Velasquez Poses With D.C. And A Fan

UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez has peered out of the shadow’s while getting in some rounds at American Kickboxing Academy headquarters in San Jose, California. The champ has been sidelined since his October win over Junior dos Santos, and isn’t set to return to action until his November title fight against Fabricio Werdum.   (Photo...

May 15, 2014 6:38 am

Maynard Leaves AKA, Seeks New Start In Arizona

Former UFC lightweight title challenger, Gray ‘The Bully’ Maynard has spent his last several fight camps at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose. AKA’s lightweight roster consists of several top 155lb fighters including, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Josh Thomson. On last night’s edition of UFC Tonight, the crew confirmed that Gray wanted to not stay so...

May 6, 2014 3:45 pm

AKA Boss Believes Their Team Could Hold 4 UFC Titles

With UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez already atop the mountain, American Kickboxing Academy head coach, Javier Mendez believes he’s just the start. In a recent interview with Bloodyelbow.com’s John S. Nash, Mendez touched on his other prospects, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Josh Thomson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. His words: “I 100% expect Daniel [Cormier] to fight...

Apr 30, 2014 1:41 pm

AKA Boss: Cormier & Cain Both Beat Jon Jones

“Out of everybody that Jones has fought, Daniel’s going to be the one that’s not going to have an issue with his reach, that’s not going to have an issue getting inside. He is going to get inside. You know, what happens is gonna happen, but I guarantee you this, he’s going to go inside,...

Apr 22, 2014 11:21 am

Cormier Coach: ‘We’re Planning For Dan Henderson’s H-Bomb’

“That’s what we’re planning for. Going against the H-bomb…. I would think that maybe you’d (Dan Henderson) want a little more time off. But you know what, maybe his thought process is, ‘I’m in shape now. I’m older, it’s harder to stay in shape. Why don’t I just take care of it now since I’m...

Mar 7, 2014 7:01 am

Daniel Cormier Named Honorary Team U.S.A. Wrestling Captain

UFC light-heavyweight fighter, Daniel Cormier, received a new honor and designation recently by being dubbed an official team caption of the Team U.S.A. world cup wrestling team. UFC.Com has the scoop: “It will be great to be part of the World Cup team. As an athlete, I wrestled on a few World Cup teams. To...

Feb 14, 2014 8:29 am

Daniel Cormier: If Jon Jones Moves Up To Heavyweight, He Gets Beat Up By Cain Velasquez

  UFC fans, fighters and pundits alike have long discussed the ever-elusive “Super Fight”. Whether it was GSP vs. Anderson, Fedor vs. Randy, Wanderlei vs. Liddell or any of the other fantasy match ups, people love to debate about who the assumed winners and losers would be of these pound-for-pound battles.   Most recently, a lot of attention...

Jan 4, 2014 11:22 am

AKA’s ‘Crazy’ Bob Cook Says Teenage Aaron Pico the Hottest MMA Prospect Alive

“This is someone in a different world,” Bob Cook said of American wrestling phenom, Aaron Pico.  Cook, who has trained and managed some of MMA’s best fighters like B.J. Penn, Cain Velasquez, Frank Shamrock and others at American Kickboxing Academy, said Pico is the greatest MMA prospect he’s seen.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA It...

Oct 23, 2013 12:51 pm

Junior Dos Santos’ Coach ‘Never Considered’ Throwing in Towel at UFC 166

  At UFC 166, Junior dos Santos (right) suffered incredible damage during a nearly five-round fight against UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.  Despite dos Santos’ battered face and significantly slowed demeanor in the cage, the fighter’s jiu jitsu coach said he ‘never considered throwing in the towel.’   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA Yuri Carlton is...

Oct 19, 2013 11:18 am

UFC 166: Velasquez Coach Says JDS Will Not Win A Single Round Tonight In Main Event

The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, California, is one of the premier MMA training centers in the world. Not only do they house the UFC Heavyweight champion, but they also have the likes of Gray Maynard, Josh Thomson, Luke Rockhold, Daniel Cormier and many other great fighters in their ranks. Part of what...

Oct 4, 2013 10:07 am

QUICK TWITT | Cain Velasquez Receives His Blackbelt

Yesterday was belt promotion day over at the world-famous American Kickboxing Academy. UFC middleweight contender Luke Rockhold received his blackbelt alongside UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and UFC heavyweight contender, Daniel Cormier, was promoted from white to brown. Here’s some footage from their promotions via twitter: Brown Pride, black belt – congrats to champ @CainMMA...

Sep 26, 2013 10:16 am

VIDEO | Fightland: Javier Mendez

Leader of the world renowned American Kickboxing Academy, Javier Mendes, took some time to talk about his team with the good guys over at Fightland.

Sep 25, 2013 2:19 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Josh Thomson Talks Upcoming Title Fight Against Anthony Pettis

Josh Thomson, who is coming off an impressive TKO victory over Nate Diaz, will be facing newly-crowned UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC on FOX 9 in December.  When UFC President, Dana White, places the belt on Thomson, the fighter says he won’t be able to contain himself and that he’s ‘going to pick...

Sep 16, 2013 11:22 am

VIDEO | Khabib Nurmagomedov – The road to triumph

Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov has been making waves in the UFC’s lightweight division. Now training at the American Kickboxing Academy, the Sambo master has documented his fight preparation and mentality in this short film. Khabib fights Pat Healy this weekend at UFC !65.

Aug 26, 2013 5:05 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Tyron Woodley Talks Fighting Koscheck, GSP vs. Hendricks, Condit vs. Kampmann

  Last week it was announced that welterweight Tyron Woodley will make his return to the cage on November 16 at UFC 167. Woodley will face another prominent grappler in Josh Koscheck on a night dedicated to the top 170-pounders in the world. The Woodley/Koscheck matchup joins highly-ranked contenders Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler and...