Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/20/14

UFC welterweight Josh Koscheck (Pictured) has officially moved on from American Kickboxing Academy, but it is clear his split from the only MMA team he’s ever known was far from amicable. Now that Koscheck has cut the ceremonial ribbon for his new gym, the 34-year-old believes the comforts of working from home will prolong his controversial career. 

“Finally, after eight years, to never have to travel and stay at home and to do my training right here in Fresno,” Koscheck said of his new California setup. “There’s a lot of positive people around, so it’s good, I’m in a great place. I can’t wait to show [Friday] that I made the right decision and I have the right training partners and the right coaches.

“I feel like my career might have just got a little bit longer than what it was going to be. I feel I’ve just added two more years to my career because of not having to travel to train.”

Speaking of having “the right coaches” in place, Koscheck still works with several of the AKA mentors who helped him reach a championship fight not too many moons ago. Obviously, one notable name missing in his entourage is Javier Mendez, the man Koscheck has fingered as his primary reason for leaving the famed San Jose facility.

Koscheck’s disgust for AKA’s head honcho is so bad that he refused to mention the team by name during last week’s conference call. He simply referred to the gym as “that place.”

“I’ll still have Bob Cook in my corner,” Koscheck said of AKA’s current trainer. “Bob Cook has been coming down to Fresno and training me a couple days a week, I’ll always have him. Dave Camarillo, even though he’s not affiliated with that place anymore, he still comes down and trains me. So, I brought in a lot of new faces, but I still have some old faces that are still involved with my training.”

Kos will be entering his 23rd professional bout this weekend when he meets Johny Hendricks at “UFC on FOX: Diaz vs. Miller.” It will mark the first time in his eight-year career where he will have no association with the AKA squad, and that’s just how Koshcheck likes it.

“I have a new gym, it’s called Dethrone Base Camp. That’s where I’ll be fighting out of from now on,” Koscheck stated in closing.

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