Although the training habits of American Kickboxing Academy recently took some heat from Dana White, Daniel Cormier is reporting that he’s still going to war with Cain Velasquez at the renowned gym.
Recently, White argued that AKA was in the “stone age”, since according to the UFC President, the gym’s fighters spar too hard. White cited heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez as proof, who has yet to fight since 2013 due to shoulder and knee injuries.
Velasquez defended AKA and argued that sparring is the “best way to get ready”, and the gym’s coach Javier Mendez, relayed that the team takes extensive precautions to prevent injuries.
“We have changed our training a little bit,” Cormier said. “Like, over the course of the week we’ll go lighter. Cain and I tomorrow, we’ll spar five rounds. We’ll spar five rounds, light. Yesterday, Cain and I fought. We didn’t spar yesterday, we fought. We fought for five rounds and today I’m feeling it. [Cain] says he’s feeling it, but it’s why we will be prepared whenever the Octagon door closes.”
They fought huh? Chances are White won’t care to hear this news, but it also sounds like the gym has decided to take things down a notch somewhat. It probably hasn’t been easy to do that, since this is the camp that has also produced the likes of Luke Rockhold, Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick and is now home to Khabib Nurmagomedov (who yes, recently re-injured his knee…)
Cormier is set to fight Anthony Johnson for the vacant light-heavyweight title on May 23rd. Velaquez, meanwhile, is preparing to battle interim heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum on June 13th.