“Shogun” Rua | “UFC has made it clear that we don't need a manager”
“Actually, it wasn’t for that reason. Since Chute Boxe, I’ve always worked with three people or companies: my manager, my coach and a media team that takes care of my image. Unfortunately, I hadn’t found a team that inspired my trust, and now I found a good team. Eduardo is a very competent guy, but he doesn’t like this way of operating; he prefers one person taking care of everything. Not commanding everything, but overseeing everything. I don’t agree, [I prefer] each guy in his area. I like him, I know he likes me, but there was some conflict of ideas. There are some different people helping me with this part right now; I’m still thinking. The UFC has made it clear that we don’t need a manager; all negotiations are conducted by the athletes themselves. A manager today is not like in the Pride days. At that time, they had much more weight. I am in favor of a manager, that’s not the reason that I separated from Eduardo. I want to work with people nearby: Eduardo works in Sao Paulo and I’m in Curitiba. But, this is not the only reason. There are others, like I said.”
In recent news, Mauricio Shogun Rua has dropped his longtime manager Eduardo Alonso and will instead represent himself, for the time being.
In this interview with sherdog.com he explains his reasoning behind such a move and sites the UFC advice as part of his decision process.
The UFC has made a stance against managers for some time now. They do not like them. They would rather deal with the fighters by themselves, but is this fair business practice? Do the fighters need representation to get the best deals possible or do these agents just cost the fighters money unnecessarily?
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