Across the ever changing landscape of mixed martial arts, we see lots of changes. Whether it be changing organizations, weight classes or camps, it is a pretty regular occurrence, that most of the time, only stays on the MMA radar for a few hours. It is odd, however, when we see a fighter with a great record, and on a win streak, strike out for greener pastures.
During an interview I conducted with former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra, it was revealed that Costa Philippou has left Team Serra-Longo on good terms to train at the Bellmore Kickboxing Academy with Keith Trimble. There was no dramatic scuffle or falling out. It was a very amicable parting of the ways. Here's what Matt Serra had to say on the subject:
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.
You can catch the first part of my fantastic interview with Matt tomorrow morning at 9 am EST.
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