The Scrap had a chance to sit down and ask a few burning questions to Javier Mendez, founder of AKA in San Jose, CA.
Many MMA fans have been discussing Daniel Cormier’s retirement and who should fight Khabib next, after his most recent dominant performance against Dustin Poirier.
First off we spoke of Daniel Cormier’s impending retirement.
“I think it’s great,” said Mendez. “I was kind of hoping it would have been before this fight”. Mendez went on to explain that Cormier has such a huge career in the entertainment business. DC is natural as a commentator and television personality.
“For me I don’t know what he needs to accomplish anymore, but obviously this is the last fight he wants”.
Mendez said that Cormier is a fierce competitor and he understands why DC wants to take the fight. He can’t rest until he gets this one back or at least tries. “I am very happy for the opportunities that he has been blessed to have,” said Mendez. “I am very happy that he is retiring”.
I also asked the coach who should be next in line for Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“For me it doesn’t matter who it is, I feel he’s going to beat him; he’s going to beat them all”. Mendez said as far as accomplishments, Tony Ferguson deserves to have that shot. He added that in a true sport, an individual earns the right by his accomplishments.
Mendez said, in the end, the fans are the ones who are paying to see the fights, so obviously the promotions want to showcase the big money fights. “We all know the biggest money fight out there is GSP or maybe it’s Conor,” said Mendez.
It has been well known that Khabib wants nothing to do with Conor until he proves that he’s worthy of the fight. “For Khabib it’s not about the money, it’s about the legacy and the right,” said Mendez. “At this point he doesn’t feel he has the right”.
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The Scrap’s Caroline Romero is a journalism graduate and has 3 children involved in combat sport. Make sure to follow her son Simon Romero on his Behind The Grind podcast on YouTube.