Daniel Cormier is unquestionably one of the best fighters to come out of the American Kickboxing Academy, and the word is that the renowned team has rewarded the light-heavyweight with a new honor.
According to a report from MMA Fighting.com, the San Jose based gym has named Cormier as the team’s new captain, as a result of Jon Fitch moving to Las Vegas. The latter had served as the team’s captain for approximately five years.
Cormier had this to say about the appointment in the aforementioned report:
“Throughout my entire life, I’ve always been a captain,” Cormier said. “I was the captain of my high school team. I was the captain at Oklahoma State University. I was the captain of the 2008 Olympic team. So this is normal for me.
“I’m honored to be one of the guys that is seen as a leader of this great team — a team that has stood the test of time. AKA is one of the only teams that has been around since the beginning of the MMA explosion, and it’s a huge honor for me to be named captain.”
AKA also includes UFC stars like Luke Rockhold, Josh Thomson and heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez.
The undefeated, 35 year-old Cormier is scheduled to fight light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones on January 3rd.
AKA coach Bob Cook also relayed in the story that Fitch continues to be a member of the team, despite the fact he’s relocated to Vegas.