UFC royalty training on the mats at AKA Thailand

Usually, on any given day, you can find UFC fighters at the same gym together. However, UFC legends and royalty training together is a different animal altogether. This is exactly what went down at AKA Thailand when we hosted two legends of the sport! Former UFC heavyweight champion, Ricco Rodriguez came out, as did The Super Samoan, Mark Hunt!

Under the watchful eye of AKA Thailand owner and founder (as well as 15-time UFC competitor), Mike Swick, the guys showed out on the mats and proved that they still ‘got it’!

Mark Hunt won the 2001 K-1 Grand Prix and solidified himself as one of the best kickboxers in the world. As he transitioned to MMA, Hunt became known as a fearsome striker who was known for his 1-punch walk-off knockouts.

Ricco Rodriguez won the UFC heavyweight title after stopping Randy Couture at UFC 39. As well as his exploits in the UFC cage, Ricco is mainly known for his BJJ, where he is a 3rd-degree black belt and placed gold in Pan-Ams, Worlds, and ADCC.

The boys came out to get some work in and enjoy the beauty of Phuket while they were at it. AKA Thailand was happy to accommodate them and more than willing to continue welcoming current MMA stars as well as UFC legends and royalty of the sport. Our classes are for all levels, so you never know… You could spar with the Super Samoan and tell your friends how he had a 1-punch knockout over you!



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