Tuesday morning, April 23, we reported a statement by Andre Dida via Facebook, claiming he is no longer Maurício “Shogun” Rua’s coach.
In an interview with SPORTV.com, the fighter has spoken about it and anticipating response to criticism, revealed the name of the new head coach of his team.
“It will be Glaube Feitosa, who has worked with me for a long time,” Rua said. “He is a muay thai athlete and fought the K-1. The guys think I abandoned, I didn’t abandon. I’ll keep everyone calm by knowing I am not alone.”
The information comes at an important moment in the career of former UFC heavyweight champion.
Since he lost the belt to Jon Jones, Mauricio Shogun hasn’t been winning consecutive fights in the UFC, and the athlete has been criticized for his physical conditioning in his fights. Shogun seems to be willing to have a twist in his career, seeking new partnerships, something that his brother Murilo Ninja had already advised.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion explained that there wasn’t a fight between him and Dida, just a disagreement on how to train for the upcoming challenges.
“There was no fight, on the contrary,” he said. “I called him, we talked, it was my decision. The training was not like before, that’s why. I have already started the camp and I am with several professors and athletes that are helping me. I’ve just changed my coach. I told him we couldn’t go on. Dida is my friend, but it was a professional thing. I have nothing against him, but I have to look for what’s the best for me.”
Shogun fights on June 15 in Winnipeg, Canada against Rogerio Minotouro. This is a highly anticipated rematch for MMA fans, who in 2005 saw a great match between the two at the now-extinct Pride.
Check out the card for UFC 161:
June 15, 2013
Renan Barão vs. Eddie Wineland
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
Rogério Minotouro vs. Maurício Shogun
Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
Stipe Miocic vs. Soa Palelei
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
Sam Stout vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
Sean Pierson vs. TJ Waldburger
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire
Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
Dustin Pague vs. Yves Jabouin