Javier Mendez boasts current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and ex-Olympian Daniel Cormier among those that train under him at American Kickboxing Academy.
The crew at AKA has had a strong run in both the UFC and Strikeforce over the recent year, as Luke Rockhold was also a champion before Strikeforce closed.
“I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate to have had the number of fighters and talent that have come to my gym,” said Mendez, during a recent interview with MMAMania.com. “Some of the fighters that I am especially proud of are Cain Velasquez, Josh Thomson, Phil Baroni and Mike Swick.”
While the team has seen fighters come and go, they remain relevant with the likes of Rockhold and Cormier, who Mendez said “are on the brink of greatness because of their unbelievable talent and drive to win.”
So, is AKA one of the best – if not the best – camps out there right now?
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