Eddie Bravo will no longer be under the UFC payroll and will instead be occasionally present in the corner of certain fighters under his 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu tutelage.
Gareth A Davies of the Telegraph was the first to report that Bravo has left his longtime gig as a grappling behind-the-scenes production analyst for the UFC, and Bravo's close friend and UFC commentator Joe Rogan has since confirmed the departure.
According to Rogan's messages on the MixedMartialArts.com forum, Bravo left on amicable terms and his reasons were to focus on his own 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu business, spending more time teaching seminars around the world and cornering fighters.
Bravo will be in the corner of George Sotiropoulos when the Australian lightweight faces Kurt Pellegrino Saturday at UFC 116.
Another notable UFC fighter under Bravo is welterweight Dan Hardy, whom Bravo awarded a purple belt under his system last year.
Bravo, through Rogan, began with the UFC as an unofficial scorer as well as a post-fight interviewer. He later settled down into a role as an analyst, assisting the production team on what to look for during submission sequences for replays. Additionally, Bravo was mic'd into Rogan and Mike Goldberg's headsets as an additional resource.
Although he failed to medal at ADCC 2003, Bravo gained notoriety through the tournament by upsetting Royler Gracie with a triangle choke in the quarterfinals.