With the issue of fighters being uncomfortable fighting teammates at the fore, top ranked UFC featherweight Diego Nunes offers a solution - switch teams.
In a recent interview with Brazil's SporTV, Nunes reveals he left Nova União for Rio de Janeiro's X-Gym, because the focus at his former gym was focused on current UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo.
"I respected the people with whom I worked with at Nova União" said Nunes. "Independently of what I wanted though, I lowered my head there. There, Aldo was the champion really so I could never shout, 'Oh! I am going to be a champion!' Whenever I bow my head, I did it out of my heart in sincerity, I was never forced into anything. I took advantage of my time, but my time there is over. Now I'm on a team where people look at me and say, 'Diego, you will be the champion. Let's make you a champion.' Thanks to Nova União because if I had not been there maybe I would not here today."
Nunes is not alone in switching gyms.
For example, UFC middleweight Brian Stann recently left Jackson's MMA for similar reasons, and created a personal camp in his home state of Georgia.
Nunes is currently scheduled to face Nik Lentz on Jan. 19 at UFC on FX 7.
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