Archive: Javier Mendez

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’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,...

Mar 14, 2014 12:31 pm

Luke Rockhold details his first time sparring with Daniel Cormier

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold recently took to twitter to detail his first time ever sparring with Daniel Cormier. Via @LukeRockhold: Sep 2009 my first sparring session with @DC_mma . Man was this guy loud. Instigated a “real” fight inside the gym between @jakeshields and Matt Major within hours of joining the our team....

Nov 7, 2013 8:33 am

Velasquez Injured, Will Not Fight Werdum at UFC 172 in Mexico

Despite earlier reports that the UFC would be heading to Mexico in April, 2014 with a card featuring heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (above, left) facing Fabricio Werdum, both UFC President Dana White and the camp of Cain Velasquez have confirmed that fight will be delayed due to a Velasquez injury.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA...

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 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.

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 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 | Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN | AKA Coach Javier Mendez joined the boys over at 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...

May 23, 2013 11:22 am


Last Night BJPENN.COM RADIO returned to the airwaves with a ‘all UFC 160’ guest panel. First up was AKA boss Javier Mendez. Mendez has three fighters on this weekend’s UFC 160 fight card including evening headliner Cain Velasquez. Second up was UFC 160 welterweight Mike Pyle who gave the guys the dirt on fight week...