Earlier this week, Dana White said the American Kickboxing Academy’s training practices were still in the “stone age”, and not surprisingly, Mr. Cain Velasquez doesn’t agree with the UFC President.
As any hardcore fan knows, injuries have been a huge problem for the UFC in recent years, as multiple all-star bouts have been cancelled, and even a couple of cards altogether. White recently talked about the plague of injuries while speaking with Setanta Sports, and here is some of what he had to say:
“Some of the camps are still in the stone ages and need to be brought up to date,” White said. “AKA is one of those places. You’ve got Cain Velasquez, our heavyweight champion, who’s always hurt. Those guys go to war every day.”
“He’s training for a fight and he’s going to war with Daniel Cormier every day,” said White. “That’s not how it’s done. Not anymore. We need to educate a lot more.”
Velasquez has been sidelined now since October, 2013, when he defended the heavyweight title by stopping Junior dos Santos in round five. Since then, the heavyweight champ has gone down with shoulder and knee injuries, and as a result, the UFC had to put up an interim title last November. Fabricio Werdum took that belt by taking out Mark Hunt.
Well, in a follow up report from UFC.com, here is what Velasquez had to say about White’s comments:
“He might say ‘stone age,’ but I say, ‘old school,’” Velasquez said. “The best way to get ready for a fight is to spar. So I’m going to keep doing what we’ve been doing here. That’s the best way to get ready. We don’t come into the gym thinking that we’re going to get hurt. We just do our work and get ready to fight.”
The story also included comments from renowned, AKA coach Javier Mendez, who says the gym takes extensive precautions to prevent injuries, and also noted that they are behind world class talent like Velasquez, Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold. That is true.
Whether you agree with White on this or not, let’s all do a collective knock on wood so that Velasquez-Werdum goes down as scheduled. That bout is scheduled for UFC 188, June 13th in Mexico City.