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.
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.