One of the angles everyone is working into their Carlos Condit articles is the fact that Condit has changed training camps for his fight with Martin Kampmann. But no one mentioned that the split wasn’t very amicable. Here’s Carlos’ former trainer Tom Vaughn bitching about it:
Vaughn sees it differently. “Do I think Carlos went out there and got into a better program at Arizona Combat Sports? Absolutely not. Does he have better training partners? Yeah, probably. But he had some good ones here too.”
While Vaughn can’t help but feel as if Condit’s new crew will reap the fruits of his efforts, he said the way in which Condit ended the relationship by e-mail instead of in person sent him into a “bit of a tailspin.”
With his trust for fighters diminished, Vaughn has become defensive of his gym and his methods. “Nobody has ever left my gym and done better somewhere else,” he said. “If he does, he’ll be the first guy.”
Vaughn already has a pretty shitty deal being permanently stuck as the second best MMA coach in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Now he lost the biggest fighter he had, and via email to boot. Still, nothing makes you seem smaller fry than grumbling about losing a fighter to another camp.