Junior dos Santos Parts Ways With His Long-Time Manager Ed Soares

UFC heavyweight number one contender, Junior dos Santos has split from his long-time manager, Ed Soares as the Brazilian looks to begin a new era in his mixed martial arts career.

Speaking via Tatame Magazine, Soares revealed:

“It’s all fine, he made his choice and it’ll be the best for his career. 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.”

“To tell you the truth, he hasn’t said why. I asked him, but he wasn’t much specific. The only thing he told me was that the decision has been made. What am I supposed to say? If the guy wants to go another direction, who am I to tell him otherwise? I was his manager, not his father.”

“Of course I’m a little sad about his decision… We worked together and did a great job. He was feeling like it was the beginning, so that’s life. It’s not the first time it happens on the fighting business and neither will be the last. He’ll follow his way and we’ll follow yours. I’m upset, Joinha is upset… I don’t know if he is, but he was the one who made the call. Now it’s up to us to move on.”

“It wasn’t a complete surprise to me. To be pretty honest, for everything we see on the fighting world, it’s hard to get caught by surprise. It wasn’t an argument or anything like that. It was all ok. If the guy doesn’t want to work with us, how can I force him to do it? It won’t be a good relationship. The work we did together was successful. We did was we were supposed to do, he did his job on the octagon, and it took us to gather a great team to help him to get there. Let’s see what happens now. I hope it all works out just fine for him. I’m sad, I’d be lying if I told you otherwise, but I don’t wish people bad things.”

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