Its business as usual for Xtreme Couture after Robert Follis departure, says coach and gym manager Eric Nicksick.Credited for helping with the resurgence of the Las Vegas-based team founded by UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, Follis announced early last month he was parting ways with the gym where he led grappling and MMA classes for over four years.
Speaking to MMAjunkie Radio, Nicksick said the team is not looking to replace Follis at this time.
Dennis Davis has been our head coach for over four or five years now, Nicksick said. “Hes a guy that has led this time with blood, sweat and tears on that mat, and hes the consistent guy on that gym, always. Were led by him, Ray Sefo, Nate (Pettit), myself, and we’re fine where were at.In a somewhat neutral statement sent to Bleacher Report, Follis didnt go into details as to what led the split, saying only that he was thankful for the experience and very excited about the opportunities that are “currently sitting in front of me.”
Nicksick, on his end, extended well-wishes for the fellow coach but not without throwing what kind of sounded like slight shade.
“Its just one of those things I feel like we werent on the same page with a lot of things that were coming up with coach Follis, Nicksick said. I wish him nothing but the best. I feel like hes better off on his own and doing his own thing and running his own program.
“Hes going to do well. Hes always been a successful coach, but I think the track record of him bumping around kind of speaks for itself.
Before relocating to Las Vegas, Follis was the coach behind the scenes atTeam Quest in Portland. At Xtreme Couture, he led the likes of ex-bantamweight champ Miesha Tate and former interim title challenger Kevin Lee through their own impressive UFC title pushes.
Regardless of Follis official ties to the gym being cut, he still serves as a coach for some of the teams members. And, with the firm understanding that the fighters are the ones in the front seat, Nicksick is not expecting them to disrupt their camps amid the split.
Which is why he made sure to address the situation with big hitters like, for example, Lee.
“Kevins going to be staying with us as a teammate,” Nicksick said. Whether he uses Follis in his corner, thats up to him. I dont care who you use. You need to use the guys that make you feel the most comfortable. It has nothing to do with which team youre on or whoever you are.
Ive cornered with guys that I maybe couldnt stand or didnt have anything in common with. But the focus is 110 percent on the fighter. And if you’re deflecting from that and making it about yourself, then youre already losing the battle. Its not about you; its about your guy or your girl.
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