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UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold defends American Kickboxing Academy’s training habits

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As it stands right now, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) sports the most decorated team in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Gyms like Kings MMA out of California, which has current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titleholders Fabricio Werdum and Rafael dos Anjos gracing its roster, and Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA out of New Mexico, which has UFC standouts like Jon Jones, Holly Holm, Donald Cerrone, Alistair Overeem, and Carlos Condit, come in a close second, but AKA is the home of current UFC champions Luke Rockhold and Daniel Cormier, as well as former Heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez and undefeated Lightweight title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Unfortunately, despite the level of athletic skill and hard work that pours through AKA’s doors, the gym has become synonymous with sprouting untimely injuries. It happened to Cormier leading into his bout with Jones at UFC 197, it happened to Velasquez leading into his bout with Werdum at UFC 196, and it has happened to Nurmagomedov for the majority of his career.

Despite the glaring evidence that something may be afoot at one of the more grueling gyms in the world, Rockhold doesn’t believe the recent string of injuries means much at all.

“Injuries happen, we have a high level of competition at the gym,” said Rockhold in a recent interview with MMA Fighting. “But we’re family and people aren’t trying to hurt each other. From time to time, things happen. I don’t believe we have a big problem with injuries. I know myself, I know DC, I know a lot of these guys and a couple injuries plague you, but the rest of us have been pretty healthy.”

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