UFC Breaking News: Junior dos Santos Leaves Manager Ed Soares

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIJune 29, 2011

UFC No. 1 heavyweight contender Junior dos Santos announced via Twitter that he is leaving manager Ed Soares.

Dos Santos tweeted: “I am officially under new representation! All sponsorship or press requests, please contact @GuedesGroup she’ll get you to me. Thanks guys”

Soares is one of the most influential managers in the game, managing UFC champions Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo and former champions Lyoto Machida and Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira.

The news comes just weeks after dos Santos defeated Shane Carwin at UFC 131 to earn a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Soares is one of the best managers in the game today. But he has also come under much criticism.

Will Ribeiro, a former MMA fighter who was managed by Soares before being involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident, criticized Soares, stating: “Ed Soares and Jorge Guimaraes have to learn to be human once and for all. Before the athlete is the Human Being.”

Only time will tell how the change in management will affect dos Santos in the Octagon.  

Stay tuned to Bleacher Report MMA as more details in the story develop.