Longtime Chute Boxe trainer to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, André "Dida" Amando, has revealed to Tatame that he and the fighter have cut ties prior to his upcoming bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Dida is a well known Muay Thai fighter, who has been working with the younger Rua since the brothers famously split camps back in 2009. The move was somewhat criticized at the time, as it came with a noticeable drop in Mauricio's performances.
Shogun has since been incredibly uneven, flitting between well manicured technique and open brawling, with constant cardio problems interspersed. This isn't the first camp change for Mauricio since the split either, he's had an off again on again relationship with Rafael Cordeiro and the Chute Boxe gym, often leaving to train for fights in his own facilities. This may signal a move for the better, as he was notably unimpressive in his fight against Alexander Gustafsson. More likely, however, this is another poorly planned camp upheaval in the hopes of gaining skills that injury and age have diminished.
In a similar frame of questionable camp changes, young TUF star, Cezar Ferreira, has decided to up stakes and move to Florida to train with the Blackzilians. The move was announced via the camp's website, and was apparently precipitated by a brief spell working with Vitor Belfort in preparation for Belfort's last fight.
"Cezar came down to JACO Hybrid Training Center with Vitor Belfort a while ago to train, and he really like the vibe here and all the guys, they all really liked him," said Glenn Robinson, owner and manager of Team Blackzilians. "Cezar decided he wanted to become a Blackzilian and the team had already adopted him, so it is official – Cezar Ferreira is a Blackzilian and he’s training with us now, and getting ready for his August 3 fight. I think Cezar has unlimited potential. He is a great guy. He’s hard working, dedicated and I think he can go as far as he wants; he could be the next Vitor Belfort. Welcome to the team, Cezar, we are excited to have you with us!"
"Mutante," as he is otherwise known, must have seen something the rest of us haven't, or perhaps Robinson is on the road to righting the shipwreck that has been the Blackzilian "supercamp." Hopefully the latter, as Ferreira is a bright prospect in the middleweight division. His career has been sidelined by a series of injuries, but he has a lot of potential in a weight class that many feel to be among the UFC's thinnest. He's currently recovering for an injury suffered in training for Chris Camozzi, so it may be some time before we see the results of his new training.