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MENDEZ Javier
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MENDEZ Javier

MENDEZ
Javier

Mexican-American mixed martial arts (MMA)

Date of Birth: 18 September 1970

Age: 53 years old

Zodiac sign: Virgo

Profession: Mixed martial artist

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Javier Mendez is a Mexican-American mixed martial arts (MMA) coach and founder of the MMA Gym American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). A former 2 time ISKA kickboxing World Champion, he is best known for training multiple MMA world champions. Javier obtained a record of 23-2 with 14 knockout wins.

Career

Mendez started training in martial arts in 1978, studying the discipline of Tang Soo Do. From there, he went to West Coast Tae Kwon Do and trained under Scott Coker (former CEO of Strikeforce and current president of Bellator MMA).  Mendez started his kickboxing career in 1985 and shortly thereafter he established the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) where he held training sessions with a small group of students. After fighting his way through the kickboxing ranks, Mendez won his first world championship in 1992 when he became the ISKA Light-Cruiserweight Champion. In 1995, Mendez defeated Conrad Pla (founder of Tristar Gym) via split decision to win the vacant ISKA Light Heavyweight Championship.

In 1996, Mendez became exposed to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), when local UFC fighter Brian Johnston sought out Mendez to help him improve his kickboxing ability. That exposure led other fighters like to seek out Mendez as he rode the wave of MMA's growing popularity. Going forward Mendez stopped competing professionally as a fighter to become a full-time MMA coach. Mendez would train his first UFC champion in 1997, when Frank Shamrock joined AKA. Mendez would be his trainer until 2003 where during that period Shamrock became the first UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and had remained undefeated.

Due to hearing about this successful partnership, B.J. Penn joined AKA in 2001 in preparation of his MMA career debut and would eventually become UFC champion in both the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions.

In 2015, Mendez became the only trainer to have 3 concurrent UFC Champions (Cain Velasquez at heavyweight, Daniel Cormier at light heavyweight and Luke Rockhold at middleweight).

In November 2022, Mendez coached Usman Nurmagomedov to Bellator lightweight champion.

In January 2023, MMAjunkie.com awarded Mendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov as 2022 coaches of the year.

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