In a surprise announcement today UFC heavyweight No.1 contender Junior Dos Santos revealed on his Facebook page that he has changed his management team.
“I am officially no longer managed by Tough Media, inc. or Ed Soares. For any press requests, sponsorship inquiries, or other matters please contact Ana Claudia Guedes at [email protected],” Dos Santos wrote.
The move brings an end to his career being guided by influential manager Soares who oversees many other top Brazilian talents such as Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Jose Aldo and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as running the ‘Blackhouse’ fighter stable.
It’s likely to be a decision that raises more than a few eyebrows and will bring questions as to whether there has been some kind of disagreement between the two or a rift in the normally tight-nit Blackhouse camp.
So far both sides have reacted diplomatically to the announcement though.
“Cigano has other plans now, another way of thinking. Ed and Joinha helped him a lot, the friendship hasn’t ended, but it was the right moment to do it,” Dos Santos boxing coach Luis Carlos Dorea told TATAME. “He’s young, but he has a good head. He’s setting a great structure”.
Meanwhile Soares also spoke to TATAME about the development.
“There was not much talking, that was it. He’s the captain of his own boat, we’re just there to help him guide it the right way. We’ve done a great job, bringing him to the place he is now in a little over two years, but it’s a matter of opinion. He wants to go a different way. If that’s how he fells, God bless him on his journey.”
Soares also revealed that he was saddened by the decision and claims that Dos Santos hasn’t told him the reason he opted to leave.
Dos Santos is currently preparing to face current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez for the title, a fight that’s expected to take place at UFC 138 in November.