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Junior Dos Santos Splits With Ed Soares, Signs With New Management


(El Cigano manages to make Roy Nelson even uglier than usual at UFC 117. Props: 5 oz.)

Only a few months before his scheduled title fight against Cain Velasquez, UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos has made a drastic change in his supporting cast, parting ways with longtime manager Ed Soares. JDS confirmed the development yesterday on Twitter, announcing that he’s now being represented by the Guedes Group.

In an interview with Tatame after the news broke, Soares says he was saddened by Dos Santos’s departure, but harbors no ill will against his former star client. Some highlights…

Dos Santos has announced you are no longer his manager. Is it true?
It’s all fine, he made his choice and it’ll be the best for his career. There was not much talking, that was it. He’s the captain of his own boat, we’re just there to help him guide it the right way. We’ve done a great job, bringing him to the place he is now in a little over two years, but it’s a matter of opinion. He wants to go a different way. If that’s how he feels, God bless him on his journey.

Did he tell you why?
To tell you the truth, he hasn’t said why. I asked him, but he wasn’t much specific. The only thing he told me was that the decision has been made. What am I supposed to say? If the guy wants to go another direction, who am I to tell him otherwise? I was his manager, not his father.

Were you surprised by his decision?
It wasn’t a complete surprise to me. To be pretty honest, for everything we see in the fighting world, it’s hard to get caught by surprise. It wasn’t an argument or anything like that. It was all ok. If the guy doesn’t want to work with us, how can I force him to do it? It won’t be a good relationship. The work we did together was successful…I’m sad, I’d be lying if I told you otherwise, but I don’t wish people bad things.

Where do you see your relationship with him going?
I remember knowing Junior before representing him. I met him in England, he was lost in the airport. He came and talked to me because he has seen me on the TV show “Passando a Guarda”. He was there because he went to help Crocota. I called him, we were going to the same hotel, and then we started being friends. Then, after I saw him fighting back in Brazil, I remember him as a “kid”, of 21, 22 years. He’s always been a super nice person, good, but when you start to grow old, start being successful, sometimes your way of seeing things changes a but, which is normal, and not in a bad way.

I’ll try to give you an example in Portuguese, that I don’t know if will express exactly what I want to say. I thought the glass was half full, but he thought it was half empty. None of us was lying. I still don’t know why it happened, but right now it doesn’t really matter. The choice was made, and I accepted it… we were a part of his life and I won’t forget it, and I hope he doesn’t either. Good luck, God blesses you. I don’t wish bad things for him, I want to see him being successful, because it’ll only confirm that what we first thought about Cigano was right. He wasn’t our first champion, and he won’t be the last. That’s life, so let’s move on. I’m sad, of course, but that’s the way it is, it’s not always happiness.

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Jason Statham- September 3, 2011 at 6:31 am
i think the split is the correct decision, well done.
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NinjaNerd8- July 1, 2011 at 12:46 am
Maybe he was angry that when Dana said "Hey Ed, I just figured out a way I can get Brock undeservedly back into the title picture! I just screw over Junior!" Ed didn't say "Fuck you."

I'm glad he's not with Soares anymore. Now I can finally root for him 100%.
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WK- June 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm
Looks like JDS' relationship with Ed Soares...

*Puts on sunglasses*

Has soured.

*YYYEEEEAHHH~!*
mt59801- June 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm
Taco should get a t-shirt and a job as the official CP translator
SnackDaddy- June 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm
That's an awesome photo!
intercept440- June 30, 2011 at 10:35 am
JDS left to go train with that old stuntman that choked out segeal, then he is going to visit chuck norris , and try to revive bruce and brandon lee from the dead so that he can learn how to counter any mystical voodoo dragons that plagued fedor...... but no seriously, he left because lets face it who wants to train with something called blackhouse...it sounds like a seedy crack den or methlab
RwilsonR- June 30, 2011 at 9:41 am
@ Viva - That's okay. I think Tito should be fine. I saw a commercial with Bono saying that those meds only cost about 40 cents a day.
newdeal- June 30, 2011 at 8:54 am
perhaps he heard how much Brock made from TUF and got jealous
RwilsonR- June 30, 2011 at 8:39 am
I've always thought of Ed Soares as a snake, but he did help get JDS the right fights. I hope Junior moves on to better management, but he just seems like the trusting type of guy who will get taken advantage of.
ccman- June 30, 2011 at 8:34 am
@ Viva, you kidding, do you know how much a hat costs for Tito?
Fatty McDickbutts- June 30, 2011 at 8:31 am
Steven Seagal's training proved to be much too rigorous for young Junior.. He needed something a little more gentle
Machiavelli- June 30, 2011 at 8:28 am
Perhaps he realized he could get better returns with a different manager? Maybe give up 8% vs 10%?
knucklesamitch- June 30, 2011 at 8:01 am
JDS is smart. He recognizes that 1) He's going to gain a bigger following by learning/speaking english and 2)distancing himself from Soares is going to be good for his relationship with Dana White. 3)Less chance of any Silva/Soares type BS.
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831 Father- June 30, 2011 at 7:40 am
I think many saw this coming considering he didn't really train with the Blackhouse guys for his last fight against Carwin.
Viva Hate- June 30, 2011 at 7:39 am
Dammit, how can you people think about JDS at a time like this?? Have you not heard? Tito Ortiz is about to be in the poor house because of the UFC greed! The man is no without any of his over 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 STD medications thank to Dana White's greed!
Fried Taco- June 30, 2011 at 7:38 am
Junior's exact words when firing Ed: “You can leave now. I don’t need you more here…I think it’s too much confused the guys, confused, me. You can leave now. You have to, I think so.”
ccman- June 30, 2011 at 7:38 am
Apparently he is tired of having even his english comments re-interpreted wrongly.
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