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Friday, 05/31/2013, 09:30 am

Costa Philipou Parts Ways with Serra-Longo


The ever-changing landscape of teams and camps in mixe4d martial arts had had yet another shake up. UFC middleweight contender Costa Philipou, who is riding a five fight win streak that includes a TKO of Tim Boetsch in his most recent bout, has left the Serra-Longo Fight Team run by former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra.

Philipou has moved onto the Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, which is headed by Keith Triple, and with whom the Serra-Longo camp have had a good relationship. Serra spoke to Bloody Elbow regarding the situation and stated that there is no ill will between the two parties, but rather that Philipou’s move was based simply on a desire for change.

“Costa’s not flying our flag anymore. He went over to Bellmore Kickboxing, just to make that clear. I love Costa. He’s a good dude. He just wanted a change. Me and him are always cool, you know, but he just wanted a change. He went a couple towns over to Bellmore Kickboxing with Keith Trimble, who is a very cool guy. It’s a pretty cool camp and Longo brings guys over there for sparring, and vice versa. It’s all good. It’s all friendly, but he’s just not going to be carrying the Serra-Longo flag anymore, for sure. I wish him nothing but the best for his career.”

After suffering a cut above his eye in early May, Philipou pulled out of his scheduled May 18th fight with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on the UFC on FX 8 card; Souza instead faced replacement Chris Camozzi.

It is unclear what the future holds for the Cyprus Slugger, but we at BJPENN.COM wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

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