Shogun: UFC made it clear I don’t need a manager

Thursday, February 09, 2012

On Tuesday Mauricio “Shogun” Rua announced via Twitter that he had split with his manager of some five years, Eduardo Alonso.

“I would like to tell that I no longer work with Eduardo Alonso,” said Shogun. “We still friends, as usually.”

In an interview with Sherdog, Shogun, offered further details.

Sherdog.com: There are news outlets reporting that you have parted ways with manager Eduardo Alonso over a contract with a marketing agency. Is that true?

Rua: Actually, it wasn’t for that reason. 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. Unfortunately, I hadn’t found a team that inspired my trust, and now I found a good team.

Eduardo 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.

My coach is Andre “Dida”, and now I’ve got a company to take care of my image. No one can have power over everything, and I prefer it that way. There are other things that I can’t discuss, but it’s no use to talk about them. He is my friend and I respect him a lot.

Sherdog.com: Who will manage your career now?

Rua: 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.

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