Javier Mendez, Daniel Cormier, and Bob Cook With AKA Affliction Shirts
from @laziethesavage instagram
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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.
Winning Gloves, Winning Spirit, Winning Daniel Cormier
from @dc_mma instagram
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A fighter’s hands are arguably their most important assets. Whether it’s with combinations, defensive moves, or one punch knock outs, these are the tools that bring them victory in the cage. When training, it is important to know what kind of gloves to use, what size, and what brand.
Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier, UFC 182, 3 January 2015
After Quinton Rampage Jackson defeated Chuck Liddell at UFC 52 in May 2007, the UFC Light Heavyweight division became one of the most competitive weight classes in the UFC. The Light Heavyweight belt bounced from one tried and true champion to another with each champion holding the position for less than a year.
Rampage Jackson was defeated by Forrest Griffin by leg kicks. Rashad Evans defeated Forrest Griffin via TKO. Lyoto Machida then defeated Rashad Evans via TKO. Finally Shogun Rua defeated Lyoto for the belt on the second try.
Then comes the 23 year old Jon Jones. Coming up the rankings, Jon Jones handily defeated every single Light Heavyweight contender the UFC threw at him. Brandon Vera, Matt Hamill, Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader…He defeated the beloved MMA super star Shogun Rua to become the Light Heavyweight Champion. As champion Jon Jones put away every single Light Heavyweight champion fight fans grew up with and held as heroes. Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort. Jon Jones further established his name in MMA history with one of the best fights ever against Alexander Gustafsson.
Its taken me almost 4 years to come to terms and accept Jon Jones as likely, the best Light Heavyweight fighter of all time.
Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson, UFC 192, 3 October 2015
It’s always worth taking note and documenting those moments in life that change you. Moments in life that define you. Moments that you spend so much time and energy preparing for, and you don’t even see it coming. But when the stars align, at the right time, the right angle, and you are able to identify it and deliver. Those moments come few and far between, but when they do, you will never forget them, for the rest of your life.
Daniel Cormier experienced one of those moments. A life changing and career defining fight that brought him a new found respect for his abilities and perhaps a equal respect and understanding of the limitations of those abilities. As Daniel Cormier experienced a “high” he has never experienced before that night. Alexander Gustafsson may have understandably reached a new low. However hard he trains, however hard he fights, he can’t seem to fulfill his dreams of gold.
Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson was a phenomenal war between two mortal men, testing the physical and mental limitations of their bodies, and taking one step closer to becoming immortal.
A look into the healthy and unhealthy methods fighters use during the countdown to weigh-ins.
Fighters usually go through a weight cut to compete in a weight class that is lower than their natural weight in order to enjoy a weight and size advantage when in the cage. More often than not, the larger fighter is more likely able to execute more powerful strikes, get the take down, defend the take down, out-wrestle and out-grapple an opponent on the ground and just generally power through most situations.
It has been a little bit of a mystery to me what fighters do exactly to cut 20-30 pounds in 3 days or less. The insight I have is only through the bits and pieces collected from episodes of The Ultimate Fighter and pre-fight interviews. Given the recent events at UFC 177, with Renan Barao and Henry Cejudo having to drop off the card due to weight cut issues, I decided to look more deeply into the weight cut process. I thought I’d share my findings with you so that we can all go into the next MMA event a little more educated and a better MMA fan. Especially with the Olympias on the 18th of September, 2014, weight cutting and diet will also be a pertinent topic there.
UFC 173, 24 May 2014, Las Vegas Nevada
T.J. Dillashaw def Renan Barao*
(T.J. won UFC Bantamweight Championship)
(TKO Strikes – round 5)
Daniel Cormier def Dan Henderson*
(submission rear-naked choke – round 3)
Robbie Lawler def Jake Ellenberger*
(TKO strikes – round 3)
Takeya Mizugaki def Francisco Rivera
(unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
James Krause def Jamie Varner*
(TKO injury – round 1)
Michael Chiesa def Francisco Trinaldo*
(unanimous decision 30-26,30-26, 30-27)
Tony Ferguson def Katsunori Kikimo*
(TKO punch – round 1)
Chris Holdworth def Chico Camus*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mitch Clarke def Al Iaquinta*
(submission d’arce choke – round 2)
Vinc Pichel def Anthony Njokuani*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Sam Sicilia def Aaron Phillips*
(unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jingliang Li def David Michaud
(split decision 29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights.
Continue reading for why we can’t wait for these fights.