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Morning Report: Luke Rockhold training with Henri Hooft for David Branch fight, says ‘AKA will always be my home’

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Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is looking to branch out ahead of his upcoming bout against former WSOF middleweight champion David Branch.

Rockhold came up training at the American Kickboxing Academy, winning both the Strikeforce and UFC middleweight titles under their tutelage. But with injuries plaguing the gym, Rockhold took to social media to announce that he would be doing his training for Branch in Florida under the tutelage of Henri Hooft, but insisting that AKA will “always be his home.”

AKA has long carried a reputation as an injury-prone gym as a result of their aggressive training style. Several of their top competitors have withdrawn from marquee matchups in recent years, and Rockhold in particular has had issues staying healthy, withdrawing from bouts due to injury four times dating back to his Strikeforce days. Most recently, he was supposed to rematch Ronaldo Souza last November but pulled out due to a knee injury.

A change of scenery could be just what Rockhold needs as he attempts to put himself back in the title picture after 15 month layoff. Working with one of the premier striking coaches in the world in Henri Hooft also likely won’t hurt him.

Rockhold takes on David Branch in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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