Mexican-American mixed martial arts (MMA)

Date of Birth: 18 September 1970

Age: 53 years old

Zodiac sign: Virgo

Profession: Mixed martial artist



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.


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, awarded Mendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov as 2022 coaches of the year.


Takes place
Takes place
In rating
Takes place

Mentioned together

45th President of the United States
1 place
CEO of Tesla
2 place
Senior United States senator from New York
3 place
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
4 place
44th President of the United States
5 place
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary
6 place
6th Chair of the Federal Reserve
7 place
Сhief executive officer of Microsoft
8 place
Attorney general of New York
9 place
Secretary of the Treasury
10 place
United States Senate majority leader
11 place
Internet entrepreneur and philanthropist, CEO of Facebook
12 place
67th United States Secretary of State
13 place
The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
14 place
Vice President–elect of the United States
15 place

Born in one day

Date of Birth: 18.09.1970. Age: 53. Zodiac sign: Virgo.
(Dog) .
Horoscope Virgo: horoscope for today, horoscope for tomorrow, horoscope for week, horoscope for month, horoscope for year.
Days left until next birthday: 54 Days.
Сhief executive of Ripple Labs
1 place
Vice chairman of IHS Markit
2 place
American retired professional basketball player
3 place

Profile statistic

Companies rating
Major League Baseball (MLB)
70 Persons
National Football League (NFL)
40 Persons
National Basketball Association (NBA)
36 Persons
Morgan Stanley
20 Persons
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
20 Persons
19 Persons
United States House of Representatives
17 Persons
White House
16 Persons
15 Persons
Foot Locker
14 Persons pays special attention to the activities of famous people: politicians, officials, businessmen, bankers, cultural and sports figures. Their opinion largely determines the development of political, social and economic life in New York. The section is constantly edited by our journalists for the relevance of information. Here you can find information about CEOs and presidents of top New York companies, officials and public figures who play a key role in the development of the region.
The goal of the project is to create a comfortable information space for all market actors, as well as to acquaint the readership with business people in New York.
We have created an impressive database of people in New York, which contains information about a career path, education and other important information about a person.
Thanks to automatic counting of the number of mentions of a person in the news sections " New York News ”and“ New York Press Releases ”on the portal the rating of popularity and influence of persons is formed. The team monitors rating changes and rewards project participants for their success. In general, the rating of participants is based on an in-depth analysis of the activity of PR services of famous people, and also reflects the qualitative state of the information field formed by the media and press services around the organization.
Business People of New York is a project about people who, through their ideas, words and deeds, have a great influence on the development and prosperity of New York.
Alena Potapova

Development Director
Died this year
Born this year