Following the news that Daniel Cormier has withdraw from his UFC 206 bout with Anthony Johnson, once again, the training habits at the American Kickboxing Academy are being discussed and scrutinized.
Cormier has been forced to withdraw from the December 10th bout due to injury, not long after his AKA teammate Luke Rockhold, had to drop out of a UFC FN 101 fight with “Jacare” Souza. The gym’s Cain Velasquez has been sidelined numerous times as a result of injuries, and AKA lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov missed much of 2014 and 2015 as a result of a knee injury.
“They’re a gym full of killers,” Pearson said. “I definitely think that they spar too hard, I definitely think that they fight too much.
“I definitely think that they need a coach there to help with the scheduling, the timeline of how, and the way of training — it’s kind of professional, and isn’t professional. You know what I mean? You’ve got to fight to get ready to fight, but there’s levels of where you take it in the gym, and I think they definitely need to look at that level.”
Yup. There’s no doubt that the gym produced ridiculously talented and tough fighters. After all, Cormier is the reigning 205 champ, and both Velasquez and Rockhold held the heavyweight and middleweight belts respectively. But, there’s no question that the team has had more than its fair share of injuries…