Andre Dida is no longer the head coach for Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.
The former Chute Boxe team mates had been working together since 2009 and the partnership was sucessful in 2010, when Mauricio won the UFC light-heavyweight title against Lyoto Machida.
Dida announced today that he won't be training Shogun for the upcoming rematch with Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 161 in Canada.
"I would like to communicate to everybody that I am not Mauricio Shogun’s coach anymore. Our contract had expired in his last fight and we didn't get to an agreement for his fight versus Minotouro,” he wrote on Facebook.
“I wish Shogun good luck and my work continues strong at Evolucao Thai. Thank you everybody.”
Dida’s coaching of Shogun had been a controversial topic in recent years. One of the most vocal critics was Murilo ‘Ninja’, brother of Shogun, who actually left the Rua-founded UDL team because of the fall-out.
How much influence Ninja has had on his brother in terms of getting new coaching staff we don’t know, but he certainly won’t be sad to see Dida out of the picture. Ninja said that Dida used to run a poor training camp and used to allow Shogun to be lazy when he wanted, which was quite often.