("I recommended Gus Johnson as my replacement. I heard he trains twice a week.")
Although he confirmed he has indeed left the organization, he says his departure was an amicable one and that the move was necessary to allow him to focus more on his growing number of schools and students and will not restrict him from cornering his fighters in the Octagon.
"Yes, I quit to focus on cornering George [Sotiropoulos] and [Dan] Hardy. It was an amazing seven years with Zuffa," Bravo explained via text message. "I owe Dana, Lorenzo and Frank to the death."
Bravo, who wore several different hats while working with the promotion, including unofficial scorer and post-fight interviewer, was most recently employed as the grappling replay director. He was also miked into the headsets of UFC color analyst Joe Rogan and play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg, explaining the inticracies of the ground action as it unfolded.
In an interview I did with him in April, he explained to me in his own words exactly what the gig entailed.
"If a fight ends in a triangle and you’re running the cameras and stuff and you don’t know anything about jiu-jitsu, you’re just going to show the dude in the triangle tapping," Bravo said. "They brought me in to rewind the scene, to show the transition, the set-up and what led to the submission. I love what I’m doing. [Scoring and doing interviews] was awesome, as well."
During that same interview, the founder of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu hinted that a change was likely in the cards.
Bravo told me then that he was getting burnt out from all of the travel that his role with the company required and that he was finding it harder and harder to find the time to look after his thriving franchise of 10th Planet schools around the world (there are 22 affiliates in as many cities in six countries, spanning four continents).
"I’m getting to the point where I’m sending out my top instructors to help certify affiliates because I don’t have the time to do it. I’m trying to stop doing seminars, but that likely won’t happen. I’m trying to slow down, but with all of the work I have to do with affiliate stuff and my own students, I have to keep pushing. For the past five years, I have rarely been home on a weekend," he recalled. "Either it’s a UFC weekend, or it’s a seminar weekend. I’ve been on the road every weekend, man. EVERY weekend, except for maybe one or two here or there. Whenever I do have that odd weekend at home, Im like, ‘Oh my god, I’m in L.A. on the weekend!’ It feels so glorious."