Alex Oliveira has decided to end his relationship with Tata Fight Team, where he has spent his last four years of training. It’s a surprising decision considering just nine days earlier he claimed arguably the biggest scalp of his mixed martial arts career in Carlos Condit.
Oliveira, who submitted Condit in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 29 in Glendale on April 14, trains with Coach Andre Tadeu at ATS in Tres Rios. During fight camps the Brazilian would split his time with TFT, which is approximately a 100 mile drive so he could train with coaches Tata Duarte and Philip Lima in Rio de Janeiro.
The 30 year-old will now solely prepare for his future fights in his hometown gym ATS, Oliveira told MMA Fighting.
Oliveira’s last two full fight camps for Ryan LaFlare and Yancy Medeiros were done entirely at ATS, although he had coaches from TFT in his corner. Although he had one representative from each gym in Lima and Tadeu for his most recent fight against Condit, which he took on two weeks’ notice.
“I left TFT, I’m only with ATS now, where I always trained and will always train,” Oliveira said. “My focus and training for my last fights was here at home. I want to thank everyone at TFT, no hard feelings, and wish everyone there good luck.”
TFT coach Tata Duarte was disappointed with the decision but wished “Cowboy” the best of luck.
“Unfortunately, we were having disagreements with Andre, and now (Tadeu) doing [Oliveira’s training],” Duarte told MMA Fighting. “I wish them the best. Life goes on.”
The Brazilian has only lost one of five fights since moving up full time to welterweight back in 2016. He lost to Yancy Medeiros in December, but bounced back in style with his submission win over Condit on April 14.