UFC 139: Shogun Rua bails on Rafael Cordeiro to train at home in advance of Dan Henderson fight


If it ain't broke ... fix it anyway?

It seems that's the philosophy that Mauricio Rua and his camp are adapting, as it has been revealed that "Shogun" will take his training camp elsewhere for his highly anticipated main event match-up against fellow PRIDE legend, Dan Henderson, scheduled for Nov. 19 at UFC 139 in San Jose, California.

The split signals the end of a short lived reunion with Master Rafael Cordeiro, head trainer at Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Cordeiro, who was also head trainer to "Shogun" with the famed Chute Boxe Academy during his PRIDE days in Japan, reunited with the Brazilian for his rematch against Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 this past Aug. 27.

It seemed as though the reunion was a prosperous one, as Rua avenged his loss to Forrest with a first round shellacking complete with hammerfists from hell that looked an awful lot like his old killer self.

Interestingly enough, the "Shogun" camp felt there was need for change, as he will head back home to Sao Paulo to prepare for his potential light heavyweight number one contender bout.

Here's more from Rua's manager, Eduardo Alsonso (via Sherdog):

"We don’t see any advantage at this moment to feed our opponents information about the work we’ve been developing. This is a work philosophy we’ve adopted at other times, and now we’ve decided to do it again. It’s nothing to do with the fans, and we understand their hunger for news. At the right time, further information will be given, but I can’t give up on what we decided and agreed to do."

It seems not all is bad with the Shogun-Cordeiro relationship, as Rafael also chimed in on the split:

"There’s no problem, If he believes it would be easier for him to train [in Sao Paulo], then it’s great, go there. There’s no big drama. I just wish him the best and good luck. I want to see him holding the belt again. Life is made by choices and it was his and his team’s choice. God bless him and I’m OK with that. I’m not in the habit of inviting athletes, because my gym doesn’t give exclusivity for anyone, Kings MMA is like an all-teams sister. Those athletes with the spirit of hard-working group mentality are welcome. This is the methodology that is helping us to grow. In that way, Kings MMA’s doors will always be open to Shogun, but I don’t have time to think about him as I need to get Wanderlei Silva prepared."

Kings MMA is one of mixed martial arts top camps and is home to many of today’s top stars, such as Wanderlei Silva, Jason Miller and Fabricio Werdum, just to name a few.

What do you think, is it wise for the "Shogun" camp to make a sudden change with such a pivotal matchup with title implications looming next month? Or is this much ado about nothing?

Opinions, please.

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