There are countless up-and-coming, even established, fighters who would love an opportunity to be part of a team like American Kickboxing Academy. The gym is one of the most respected in MMA and has produced a number of successful scrappers including the likes of Jon Fitch and Cain Velasquez.
However, UFC middleweight Cung Le recently realized his time at AKA needed to come to an end if hoping to continue excelling in the cage. In Le’s estimation, as excellent as the instruction was, the number of high-level fighters who call the training center home prevents coaches from providing any personalized attention.
“Javier Mendez is just too busy. He’s got too many fighters and I can’t have him holding pads for me two or three times in one camp,” explained Le in an interview with MMAWeekly. “I’ve just got to focus on my fight, not going over and being a part of this awesome team and being everyone’s workout partner.”
“For my fight against Wanderlei Silva, I didn’t have the best camp. It was very unorganized, and that’s why I brought Scott Sheeley out for my second (UFC) fight, and now Scott Sheeley just manages my whole training camp,” Le continued, currently in the midst of preparing for a November 10 rumble with Rich Franklin at UFC on FUEL 6. “I feel like things are starting to flow and starting to feel like my old self.”
Le won six straight clashes to open up his career after a storied run in San Shou. Now, as strange as it sounds to say, it appears fans may see the best version of the 40-year old fighter to date this coming weekend when he takes to the cage against Franklin.
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