Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Ed Soares' more than two-year business relationship with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo came to an abrupt end last week.
According to Soares, he was sent an e-mail from Aldo's trainer Andre Pederneiras of Nova Uniao informing him of the decision to severe ties with Soares and his business partner Jorge Guimarães.
"It wasn't really much of anything," Soares told MMAFighting.com, "other than his coach, who used to be his manager, felt like he didn't need our services. It pretty much was one of those things."News of Aldo's decision was first reported by Tatame.com.
Aldo hired Soares/Guimarães to manage his career in November 2009, around the time he defeated Mike Brown to win the WEC featherweight title.
"It was really strange the way it all went down. His coach sent us an e-mail and that was it."
Soares insisted that there was no bad blood with Aldo, who recently defeated Chad Mendes at UFC 142, and said that he will continue to manage Nova Uniao fighters Diego Nunes, Luis Ramos and Johnny Eduardo.
Soares/Guimarães also currently manage the likes of Anderson Silva, the Nogueira brothers and Lyoto Machida, among others.
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