American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) already houses reigning UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and freshly-minted UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier (pictured).
UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday that Luke Rockhold, another one of AKA’s studs, will get next crack at middleweight title holder Chris Weidman. And, although he’s currently hurt, many believe it’s only a matter of time before undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov will sit atop the UFC lightweight throne.
That’s not too shabby for a gym that operates in the “Stone Age,” right Dana?
That’s the question Cormier, who moonlights as a analyst on “UFC Tonight,” playfully posed to White regarding the criticism White had for AKA’s old school/barbaric/caveman training strategy.
“The Stone Age is looking pretty good right now. The Stone Age gym is doing alright,” White begrudgingly admitted. “But listen, I was never taking a shot at your gym. I see on Instagram Luke Rockhold is training with Khabib. Those guys are wrestling! Why would Khabib train with Rockhold? Makes no sense.
“And, getting in there and sparring every day, and you and Cain Velasquez having wars in the gym is not good for the longevity of your career and it’s not good for your long-term health.”
See what White did there? He managed to eat crow, without really eating crow in a single breath.
Regardless, AKA could very well have four UFC title holders in their stable come 2016. So the San Jose-based gym must be doing something right.