Din Thomas started fighting in 1998 retired in 2013, and was affiliated with ATT to varying degrees since 2001. In 2015 he was recruited by the organization to become of the team's primary coaches, and worked with a number of notable fighters including Tyron Woodley, Greg Hardy, Gillian Robertson, Antonio Carlos Junior, and Krzysztof Jotko. In March he amicably split with ATT.
“He was a great teammate and then a great coach,” wrote ATT owner Dan Lambert. “I’m sure he will be very successful regardless of the path he is choosing.”
“I was off with Tyron we were training for Leon Edwards and I had been gone from the gym for two weeks and it just kind of hit me,” explained Thomas. “It was like, ‘Do I even want to go back?’ I said to myself, ‘I don’t even want to go back.’ I’m happy doing what I’m doing and I know that I’m valuable enough that I can do this on my own that I don’t need a team.
“I’m not saying I’m the best guy in the world or the smartest guy, but I know what I’m worth and I know that I’m valuable alone to do it. If I do need help in certain areas I can find it and I can get it and I can bring people in. I don’t need to have that whole team atmosphere.”
“It was tough to leave, but you’ve got to do what you feel is right for you. I got my own stable that I’m trying to work with. I’m trying to avoid having too many people to work with. I’m just trying to work with the people I like. I’m too old. I have some gray in this beard. I’m too old to be working with everybody. … I’m sure that some of the fighters will miss me, but it’s American Top Team. Everything will be all right.”
“Eventually I’m going to set up own little spot. Not a gym, but just a place where we can train people. Not trying to have a school or nothing like that, but just a place to train people that have fights coming up and I can grow with and build relations and grow with them.”
Thomas is currently working with Woodley, Gillian Robertson, and Hannah Goldy, and is finalizing negotiations with Greg Hardy.