Kenny Florian and coach Mark DellaGrotte agree to see other people
Fighters Only is reporting that ace Muay Thai instructor Mark DellaGrotte and his top student, UFC lightweight and Joe Rogan wannabe Kenny Florian, have parted ways.
“There are no hard feelings. Me and Kenny have been good friends for a long, long time. We did good thing together. I think this is a good decision for both of us,” says the Boston-based Sityodtong head coach. “It wasn’t a bad break or anything like that, it was just a mutual decision we made in order for us both to move forward. It was necessary for Kenny to move forward with his career and me to move forward as a coach.”
There has been a “constant power struggle” between DellaGrotte and Florian’s brother, Keith, who is also his head coach, for some time, DellaGrotte explained. “We worked well together at first but over the last few camps and fights we put together, there were differences and I am just the type of guy that if I can’t steer the ship, if I can’t be the captain, I would prefer not to be onboard.”
Dellagrotte says he likes to be 100 percent in control of his fighters’ camps. “I felt over the last couple of fights, I have not been able to be me or say what I wanted to say because I have not been in the position of head coach. Going into the BJ Penn fight, I really didn’t feel like I had all that much control over the camp. Over the last couple of fights in fact, since Kenny made it public that Keith was the head coach.”