Archive: AKA

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...

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...


Nov 12, 2013 7:19 am

Jon Jones Details ‘Beef’ With Daniel Cormier

“The whole story behind me and him is just so silly. I met him, and I came up to him with a big smile on my face. He’s another black guy in the sport, and I felt the need to say hello to him, and I was just like ‘hey man, I hear you’re a...

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...

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...

Jun 5, 2013 10:47 am

Khabib Nurmagomedov Wants to Welcome BJ Penn Back to Lightweight

It didn’t take long for prospective challengers to line-up in the hopes of facing a returning legend. Amidst reports that former UFC Welterweight and Lightweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn may not yet be ready to close the book on his storied career in mixed martial arts, a new challenge presented itself in the form...

May 24, 2013 3:27 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Javier Mendez is Helping Gray Maynard Piece Together his Puzzle

By JAKE CHASTAIN | AKA head coach Javier Mendez stopped in shop this past Wednesday with our boys over at BJPenn.com Radio and discussed several topics regarding his gym in San Jose, the consistency of their success, and how training guys like Gray Maynard is becoming more of a puzzle than a complete fighter transformation....

May 23, 2013 8:20 pm

EXCLUSIVE | AKA Coach Javier Mendez: Josh Thomson Deserves Title Shot | BJPenn.com Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN | AKA Coach Javier Mendez joined the boys over at BJPenn.com Radio on Wednesday night and discussed many hot topics swirling around the MMA world. One of the things Mendez found himself discussing was Josh Thompson’s amazing UFC return on April 20th where he knocked-out former title contender Nathan Diaz with a...

Apr 26, 2013 10:31 am

EXCLUSIVE (Part 3) | Daniel Cormier: AKA has to be considered the best camp in MMA – We are all home grown | BJPENN.COM RADIO

Following a victorious debut into the UFC, Daniel Cormier spoke with BJPenn.com Radio Wednesday night to talk about the team behind the fighter, the American Kickboxing Academy of San Jose, CA.   Cormier, winner of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix and a two-time US Olympic wrestler, carries with him more experience than most fighters making...

Apr 1, 2013 11:22 am

Javier Mendez: BJ Penn Was Incredible To Teach

“B.J. got introduced to me through Bobby Southworth, who was friends with B.J. when B.J. started practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Ralph Gracie’s in Mountain View. But, he came to me to train because he knew I trained Frank Shamrock. B.J. was incredible to teach. Everything I taught him, he picked it up as though he...