Gym Advisory Board
Javier Mendez is the founder and primary trainer of San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy. Mendez is a former World Champion Kickboxer and has trained many MMA fighters to championship titles.
Chael Sonnen is a retired American mixed martial artist who last competed in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Sonnen is from West Linn, Oregon and began wrestling from a young age. After graduating from West Linn High School where he was a state runner-up, Sonnen attended University of Oregon. At Oregon, Sonnen earned All-American honors, was a two-time PAC-10 runner-up, was a silver medalist at the 2000 Greco-Roman World University Championships, and was a two-time Dave Schultz Memorial Institutional Greco-Roman winner. In 1996, Sonnen began training in boxing, and had wanted to compete in the UFC upon graduating from high school. He is currently an ESPN commentator and is well known for his exciting and hilarious commentary of mixed martial arts, and just about everything else.
Daniel Cormier is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler. He is signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, currently competing in the light heavyweight division. Cormier was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion. As of May 26, 2014, he is #2 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings. He is also ranked #14 pound-for-pound as of October 27, 2014 and has never been defeated in his MMA career.
Luke Rockhold is an American mixed martial artist. He is a former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. As of May 26, 2014, he is #5 in official UFC middleweight rankings and ranked the #6 middleweight in the world by Sherdog.
Cain Velasquez is an American mixed martial artist and current UFC Heavyweight Champion. As of October 6, 2014, he is #5 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings and is ranked the #1 heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.
Keith Jardine is a retired American mixed martial artist. Jardine is best known for his victories over former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions and UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin in the UFC. Jardine also competed for Strikeforce, Shark Fights, King of the Cage, Pancrase, and M-1 Global. He is also known for his exciting unorthodox fighting style and unique striking technique.
Jonathan Fitch is an American mixed martial artist, competing in the welterweight division of World Series of Fighting. Fitch formerly competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and during his tenure in the UFC was considered a top contender for the Welterweight championship. Fitch received a title shot against the UFC Welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre, on August 9, 2008.
Mike Swick is an American mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's middleweight division. Swick, who trains at American Kickboxing Academy alongside fellow welterweight standout Jon Fitch, entered the UFC after appearing on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter. He is currently building, and operating, AKA Thailand, AKA’s first global gym. AKA Thailand is working to build, train, and promote another formidable team of fighters in Asia and expand on the success they have already achieved internationally. Swick has worked for over four years to ensure that the gym will be exceptional and unparalleled in the fighting community; a true global super gym.
Philip Baroni is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in Bellator's Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2000, Baroni has also formerly competed for PRIDE, Strikeforce, Cage Rage, DREAM, EliteXC, ONE FC, PFC, Titan FC, and UFC.