118 Search Results for American Kickboxing Academy

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...

Jun 18, 2013 10:37 am

Mike Swick eyes return to middleweight division

It wasn’t THAT long ago when UFC veteran Mike “Quick” Swick (15-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC) found himself perhaps just one victory away from challenging for the UFC’s middleweight title. After defeating David Loiseau in September of 2006, Mike Swick was then tasked with battling Japanese juggernaut Yushin Okami at UFC 69. After being smothered for...

Jun 7, 2013 9:09 am

UFC President Dana White responds to ‘delusional’ Jon Fitch & Rampage Jackson

You knew it was only a matter of time before Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White responded to anti-UFC comments made by former UFC fighters Jon Fitch and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson. During the World Series of Fighting: “Fitch vs. Burkman” media call on Thursday, Fitch made it clear that there were more hard feelings between...

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 22, 2013 4:12 pm

BJPENN.COM RADIO RETURNS TONIGHT WITH CAIN VELASQUEZ COACH, JAVIER MENDEZ

The crew returns tonight in their normal time-slot for an all new episode of BJPENN.COM RADIO. Hosts George Mathews (@GMathewsMMA) and Pedro Carrasco (@LATLPedro) will be joined by head coach over at the American Kickboxing Academy, Javier Mendez. Mendez has two fighters on this weekends UFC 160 card, one of which is UFC heavyweight champion,...

May 14, 2013 3:36 pm

Cormier Issues One Warning For Teammate Rockhold’s UFC Debut

“I told him to expect everything to be a little different. The nerves and everything surrounding the fight is going to get to you more than the actual fight.” … “It’s everything that happens outside the cage that affects you. And it may affect you a little bit when you step in there because you...

May 11, 2013 12:30 pm

Vitor Belfort Next Best Thing To Anderson Silva Proclaims Rockhold

The American Kickboxing Academy is in the midst of a phenomenal run. Josh Thomson recently took out a top lightweight contender and former title challenger with relative ease. Daniel Cormier reeled off an impressive UD victory over a two-time former champion and of course, there is Cain Velasquez, who recently exacted vengeance over the only...

May 10, 2013 1:15 pm

Exclusive: Phil Baroni talks upcoming ONE FC bout with Nobutatsu Suzuki

The New York Bad Ass, Phil Baroni, is set to take on Japanese knockout artist Nobutatsu Suzuki at ONE FC: “Rise To Power” in Manila on May 31st. The bout with Suzuki will mark Baroni’s 3rd with the asian based promotion. Phil’s first fight came at ONE FC’s inaugural show against Yoshiyuki Yoshida, who more or less held...

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 2, 2013 2:00 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Josh Thomson Explains The Keys To Beating Nate Diaz | BJPENN.COM Radio

Former Strikeforce lightweight title challenger Josh Thomson joined BJPENN.COM Radio this past Wednesday, March 27. Currently, Thomson is in training camp at the American Kickboxing Academy for his upcoming fight against Nate Diaz on the UFC on FOX 7 card airing on April 20th. Regarding his preparation and game plan, Thomson was blunt in suggesting...

Mar 21, 2013 3:38 pm

Lavar Johnson Cut From The UFC For Failed Drug Test | UFC NEWS

Lavar Johnson, failed a drug test following UFC 157 bout opposite Brendan Schaub which ended in a unanimous decision loss. An elevated testestosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 6.6-to-1 triggered a carbon isotope ratio (CIR) test that confirmed Johnson had testosterone in his system that “was consistent with the administration of a steroid.” A rep for American...

Mar 19, 2013 7:38 pm

Riki Fukuda Cut From UFC | UFC NEWS

The fighter cuts have continued for The UFC, as middleweight Riki Fukuda announced his release from the organization via Twitter. Fukuda lost a unanimous decision to Brad Tavares earlier in March at UFC On Fuel TV 8 in Japan. Im cut from UFC.I had a special experience.Thank you very much all my suport and @ufc...

Mar 13, 2013 11:54 am

Herschel Walker not fininshed with MMA, Wants One Fight In The UFC | MMA NEWS

Herschel Walker feels he has one trip to the cage left in him. And he would love for that final lap to end in the UFC’s octagon The 51-year-old Walker was on The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan. During the appearance, the football legend said he hasn’t officially called it...

Mar 8, 2013 6:57 am

Jon Fitch signs with World Series of Fighting | MMA News

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch (24-5-1) has inked a multi-fight deal with the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion. The news was confirmed by the WSOF after a report surfaced from MMAFIGHTING.com. The American Kickboxing Academy product has been in talks with the promotion for weeks, ironing out contract details. The WSOF expressed...

Feb 18, 2013 11:13 am

EXCLUSIVE | Josh Thomson Lands Lead In Film, Does All His Own Stunts | UFC NEWS

  Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson rarely gets the credit he deserves or the acknowledgement of being one of the top lightweights in the world. It may be due to the fact that his first run in the UFC was very brief or because he has dealt with a lot of injuries through the...

Feb 14, 2013 9:59 am

Dana White Confirms Luke Rockhold vs Vitor Belfort UFC Brazil | UFC NEWS

UFC President Dana White confirmed that plans are in place for Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold yesterday while in London. A date and venue have not been confirmed yet, but it will likely take place during the second quarter of 2013. The fight will headline a major event in Brazil, and the winner will most...

Feb 12, 2013 11:06 am

Wednesday Night on BJPenn.Com Radio: Josh Thomson, Vinny Magalhaes & Mark Pavelich| UFC NEWS

  BJPenn.Com Radio returns this Wednesday night with another star studded cast of MMA personalities. Bryan Levick & Mitch Ciccarelli will also preview this Saturday’s UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald card that will held at the Wembley Arena in London, England. The two bantamweights will battle for Barao’s UFC Interim Championship in what...