For years American Kickboxing Academy was thought of as one of the top gyms in MMA, built from a rock-solid foundation including a number of talented fighters and renowned coaches. However, behind the scenes it appears things had been crumbling for awhile resulting in the departure of a number of names once associated with the West Coast staple.
One of those men is Josh Koscheck, an outspoken welterweight who has since started his own gym (Dethrone Base Camp) in Fresno, California. “Kos” elaborated some on the issues leading to him packing up shop and moving on in his career.
“For the record he was never my coach. He tagged along here and there but I think I’m in a better place now,” said Koscheck in an interview with MMAFighting when asked about well-known AKA trainer Javier Mendez. The 34-year old Ultimate Fighter OG said shortly after a recent win that Mendez’s self-centered attitude was one of the driving forces behind him leaving.
“Bob Cook will always be the man over there and Bob Cook comes in and trains with me a couple of times a week in Fresno when he can,” Koscheck continued before taking a shot, adding, “It’s good to be around real coaches that care, real coaches that put time in, and real coaches that put in the effort to make your fighter the best that they could possibly be. And I have that now.”
Koscheck also made sure to credit his former training partners more so than the group leading them with his past success as well as that of the school in general.
“I think the reason why everybody is so successful at the gym, over there in San Jose, is because of the training partners. I really truly believe that the training partners is why guys have fought for world titles and guys have been UFC champions like Cain (Velasquez), was because of the training partners. If you had real coaching, you would have seen a lot more champions out of that gym and I think that now, in my career, we’re going to see big improvements really quick.”
Koscheck is scheduled to face Johny Hendricks on the main card at UFC on FOX 3 in May. Both 170ers are coming off multiple wins in a row with Koscheck having the added incentive of avenging a friend Jon Fitch’s recent knockout loss to Hendricks.
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