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American Kickboxing Academy
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Est. mid 1980's
Founded by Javier Mendez
Primary trainers Javier Mendez
Bob Cook
Dave Camarillo
Prominent Fighters Josh Koscheck (UFC)
Jon Fitch (UFC)
Mike Swick (UFC)
Cain Velasquez (UFC)
Cung Le (Strikeforce)
Josh Thomson (Strikeforce)
Training Facility Locations United States San Jose, California
Official Website www.akakickbox.com

The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) is a martial arts gym located in San Jose, California. It is one of the pioneering schools of mixed martial arts (MMA). Prominent trainers include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo master Dave Camarillo, Bob Cook, Derek Yuen, Lynn Schultz, Ted Lucio and Javier Mendez.

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Dispute with the Ultimate Fighting Championship

In 2008, the AKA was involved in a brief dispute with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White over the exclusive license rights for a UFC video game.[1] Members of the AKA who were signed with the UFC, including Jon Fitch, Christian Wellisch, Josh Koscheck, and Cain Velasquez, refused to sign an exclusive lifetime contract for their video game likenesses over to the UFC, causing them to be cut from the UFC's roster. Within 24 hours, the dispute was resolved and all fighters signed back into the organization.[2]

Fighter roster

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MMA fighters

Additional fighters who have temporarily trained at AKA include Sean Sherk, B.J. Penn, Phil Baroni, Lyoto Machida, Brandon Vera, Anthony Johnson, Brock Larson, Frank Shamrock, and Andrei Arlovski.

Kickboxers

Boxers

  • Ricardo Cortes
  • Matt Jannazzo
  • Maurice Slade

References

  1. ^ "Jon Fitch, Christian Wellisch and possibly others cut by UFC". MMAMania.com. November 19th, 2008. http://mmamania.com/2008/11/19/jon-fitch-christian-wellisch-and-possibly-others-cut-by-ufc/. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  2. ^ Martin, Damon (November 20th, 2008). "24 HOURS LATER; JON FITCH BACK WITH UFC". MMAWeekly.com. http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=7635&zoneid=13. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 

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