It's never a dull moment lately with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight number one contender Josh Koscheck, who for most of his successful mixed martial arts (MMA) career honed his skills at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, California.
Last month, the four-time NCAA Division-1 All American wrestler, announced that he would be leaving AKA because of differences with head trainer, Javier Mendez, and what Koscheck says was Mendez’ criticism of his fighters not executing pre-fight gameplans.
Today, in an interview with MMA Fighting, "Kos" (who on Twitter called it the worst interview ever) continued to pour it on, saying that if Mendez was a "real" coach, then his gym, which houses fighters such as former UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier, UFC Welterweight contender Jon Fitch and current Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, would have produced more champions.
Check out his latest comments after the jump, as well as the real reason he feels guys training at AKA are so successful:
"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, was because of the training partners. I think that is the number one reason. I think 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, were going to see big improvements really quick."
On Javier Mendez, head trainer at AKA:
"For the record, he was never my coach. He tagged along here and there. I think I'm at a better place now. My Dethrone base camp, Fresno gyms are rocking right now and were rolling. I think that, you know, Bob Cook will always be the man over there (AKA). Bob Cook comes and trains with me a couple of times with me in Fresno when he can. It's good to be around real coaches that care and real coaches that put time in and real coaches that put the effort to make your fighter the best that they could possibly be and I have that now. I think that on May 5th, you guys are gonna see that. He (Mendez) worked with me, but, did I learn anything? It is what it is. I'm done with that chapter of my life and I prefer not to talk about it, I prefer to talk about Dethrone Base Camp Fresno. That's where it's happening right now. I got a lot of good guys over there training right now and a lot of guys coming in and out."
Koscheck is coming off of a razor-thin split decision victory over Mike Pierce at UFC 143 and is now set up to take on fellow wrestling powerhouse, Johny Hendricks, at UFC on Fox 3 on May 5, 2012. Hendricks is coming off of a 12-second knockout victory over Koscheck's training partner and close friend, Jon Fitch, at UFC 141: "Lesnar vs. Overeem."
Hendricks, who was also a four-time NCAA Division-1 All American wrestler at Oklahoma State University (OSU), is making some noise in a the UFC's Welterweight division, riding a three-fight win streak, having only been defeated once at the hands of Rick Story.
Though both "Kos" and "Big Rigg" have outstanding collegiate wrestling credentials, they both have a preference and tendency to stand and bang.
Something that Kosceck likely picked up at AKA and now intends to refine in Fresno.