Javier Mendez, Daniel Cormier, and Bob Cook With AKA Affliction Shirts
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Two proud coaches and their current Light Heavyweight Champion and team captain Daniel Cormier rocking AKA Affliction shirts.
The American Kickboxing Academy has produced some of MMAs toughest and most accomplished fighters. Starting with an earlier generation of top fighters in Frank Shamrock, Josh Koscheck, and Jon Fitch. Coached by the phenomenal team of Javier Mendez, Bob Cook, and Dave Camarillo. Although these fighters were never champions in the UFC they put AKA on the map as one of the best MMA gyms in the US.
Around 2012, there was a huge riff between the fighters and the coaches at AKA resulting in Josh Koscheck and Dave Camarillo leaving AKA. The drama and the resulting feud only served to bring more attention and publicity to the gym. Many members of the fight world questioned AKA and whether they would be able to survive without Guerilla Jiu Jitsu founder and grappling coach Dave Camarillo.
Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold, UFC 194, 12 December 2015
Fight of the Night
The first championship fight of UFC 194 saw a very competitive and well deserved “fight of the night” for the UFC Middleweight Championship.
What intrigued me most about Chris Weidman vs Luke Rockhold, was how Luke Rockhold was selling and promoting the fight. Leading up to and through the press interviews, Luke said that his momentum could not be stopped, that his fighting abilities were highly underestimated, and that he was on an entirely higher level compared to Chris Weidman.
I admit that I prescribed a “Brad Pitt Syndrome” to Luke Rockhold – that he was too good looking to be actually good at his craft. Luke has fought some tough competition before but I never considered the middleweight division to be that competitive in the first place.
Make a comeback Cain! Lets get it on! C’mon!
Coming up the ranks, as a contender, and as a champion, Cain Velasquez was able to break every single one of his opponents. His style of fighting combines his unrelenting spirit, his smothering pressure, and his powerful and athletic frame. No matter who he fought, a striker or a wrestler, it seemed that nobody could defeat Cain Velasquez. Until Fabricio Werdum came along and out-struck, out-maneuvered, and out-did the indomitable beast.
Many fighters were picking Cain Velasquez to win. But is it really that big of a mystery why Fabricio Werdum was able to defeat Cain? Now that Fabricio has legitimately defeated Cain Velasquez, has he set the blue print for other fighters to do it too? No matter whether there is a blue print or not, I really hope to see Cain get back in the cage and tear through the heavyweight division once again to get that belt.
Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lensar, UFC 121, 23 October 2010
Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar is one of my most memorable UFC fights. Two of the most dangerous fighters in the world. Brock Lesnar, the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Champion. Cain Velasquez, a ferocious fighter who is tearing through the heavyweight division.
At UFC 121, Cain Velasquez meets Brock Lesnar to challenge for the UFC Heavyweight title. As Brock Lesnar prepares to walk out, the stadium goes dark. The distinct, disturbing, and disconcerting sound of destruction in the form of Enter Sandman starts to play. The boos turns into roars. Fight fans know that one of the most dangerous and most dominant heavyweight champions has entered the arena.
Pacing the cage and waiting for the Viking is Cain Velasquez. An absolute animal in his own right with unforgiving pressure and unbelievable heart.
Cain Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar is finally here and fight fans around the world are prepared for a clash of powerful giants.
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Cain Velasquez vs Big Foot Silva 1 and 2, UFC 146, May 2012 and UFC 160, May 2013
Cain Velasquez vs Big Foot Silva 1 and 2 are both examples of how incredible a fighter Cain Velasquez is. The current UFC Heavyweight Champion is an absolute animal when it comes to conditioning, strength, and technical abilities.
When watching Cain fight, you get that distinct feeling that you are watching a champion. You are watching someone practicing at the very top level of MMA. With a phenomenal wrestling base and a world class MMA team at AKA, Cain has been developed into something that was meant to do nothing but fight.
In Cain Velasquez vs Big Foot Silva 1 and 2, Cain shows us just what a killing machine he is.
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