Ed Soares Unsure Why Junior dos Santos Fired Him

Written by Tom Ngo
June 30th, 2011

UFC Heavyweight Junior dos Santos

Jerry McGuire’s worst nightmare has come true for Ed Soares. Bob Sugar (in this case, Guedes Group) has swooped in and stolen Frank Cushman (in this instance, UFC heavyweight top contender Junior dos Santos) right from underneath his nose.

JDS confirmed the separation from his longtime manager yesterday via Twitter. Apparently, that was nearly as much information as Soares received regarding the divorce.

“It’s all fine, he made his choice and it’ll be the best for his career,” Soares told TATAME. “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.”

Being a veteran of the fight business, Soares wasn’t completely surprised by the move. However, Cush ditched McGuire just hours before the NFL Draft due to lack of attention, it remains a mystery as to why dos Santos bailed on Soares.

“To tell you the truth, he hasn’t said why. I asked him, but he wasn’t much specific,” Soares added.” 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.”

Soares and his Team Black House represent countless Brazilian mixed martial artists, including UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva, featherweight champ Jose Aldo, Lyoto Machida, both Nogueira brothers and countless others. While there are plenty of studs still left in his stable, Soares will forever think about the one that got away.

“Of course I’m a little sad about his decision … I’m upset …I don’t know if he is, but he was the one who made the call. Now it’s up to us to move on,” Soares said.

After disposing of Shane Carwin at UFC 131, dos Santos advances to challenge UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez for his belt.The 265- pounders are rumored to headline the Octagon’s debut in San Jose, California this November.

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