Wiz Khalifa training MMA striking with UFC’s Cat Zingano
Wiz Khalifa has recently started training in Mixed Martial Arts, and it seems the Grammy-nominated rap star has enlisted the help of a number of UFC stars to further hone his skills.
In this video footage released by TMZ Sports, the 29-year-old Khalifa is first seen hitting pads with FOX’s Jay Glazer, who, in addition to his work as a broadcaster, also owns the ‘Unbreakable’ Gym on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
The gym has become a haven for celebrities and sporting stars looking to learn the sport of mixed martial arts and often sees them rubbing shoulders with some of the best fighters in the world.
For instance, on this occasion, Khalifa was filmed training his question-mark kicks with UFC women’s bantamweight fighter, Cat Zingano, who is 9-2 in her MMA career and holds wins over current 135lb champion Amanda Nunes and former titleholder Miesha Tate.
According to Glazer, Khalifa has been training in MMA for the past three months at his gym, during which time he’s been doing four-hour sessions and has gained 15lbs as he looks to fill out his lean frame.
As a sign of his dedication to his new pursuit, this training video was actually taken while Khalifa was on vacation in Napa Valley for a wine-tasting session.
Glazer also revealed that Khalifa has also been training with the likes of UFC legend Chuck Liddell and former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.
He’s also known to have hung out with Nick Diaz backstage at one of his concerts, and last month he was photographed training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rigan Machado at his Academy in Beverley Hills.
Khalifa isn’t the only rap star to have taken an interest in MMA recently, with his friend and mentor Snoop Dogg also known to be a fan of the sport, and he was recently recruited to provide alternative commentary alongside retired fighter Urijah Faber during ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series’ on the UFC Fight Pass subscription service.