Under dagarna som har gått har en efter en lämnat sina managers, främst borta i Brasilien. Junior dos Santos, Jose Aldo och nu Mauricio ”Shogun” Rua har lämnat bland annat Ed Soares och Eduardo Alonso. Men varför?
”Since Chute Boxe, I’ve always worked with three people or companies: my manager, my coach and a media team that takes care of my image,” säger Shogun Rua till Sherdog. ”Unfortunately, I hadn’t found a team that inspired my trust, and now I found a good team. Eduardo [Alonso] is a very competent guy, but he doesn’t like this way of operating; he prefers one person taking care of everything. Not commanding everything, but overseeing everything.
I don’t agree, [I prefer] each guy in his area. I like him, I know he likes me, but there was some conflict of ideas. There are some different people helping me with this part right now; I’m still thinking.
The UFC has made it clear that we don’t need a manager; all negotiations are conducted by the athletes themselves. A manager today is not like in the Pride days. At that time, they had much more weight. I am in favor of a manager, that’s not the reason that I separated from Eduardo. I want to work with people nearby: Eduardo works in Sao Paulo and I’m in Curitiba. But, this is not the only reason. There are others, like I said.”
Shogun lever för närvarande nu utan en manager, de han har i sitt liv är sin coach och ett företag som sköter hans image. Utöver det så är han ganska solo, och sköter alla förhandlingar med UFC helt själv.