Ed Soares is one of the most well-known managers in MMA thanks to his clients such as UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, and former champions Lyoto Machida and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
In all, Soares has 20 fighters under contract, as the co-founder of Black House MMA has built quite the empire since selling off his clothing company Sinister Brand.
Recently, Soares conducted an interview with Fight Hype where he discussed what is coming up for many of his key fighters, including “Minotauro,” Aldo and Machida.
Nogueira will be getting a rematch with fellow former champion Frank Mir at UFC 140. The two faced off for the title after coaching on The Ultimate Fighter, and Mir claimed the victory, stopping Nogueira in the second round.
The loss has been a big motivational factor for Nogueira, who recently knocked out Brendan Schaub in his native country of Brazil, as he was battling a staph infection heading into the fight with Mir
“I think any loss bothers him a lot, but I think knowing that he wasn’t 100-percent gives him a lot more confidence, especially coming in and fighting the way he fought against Brendan Schaub,” Soares said. “‘Nog’ did very well and knocked him out, but before he knocked him out, he was bobbing and weaving and moving around and just doing great, so I think that he is going to be even better than the ‘Nog’ that you saw against Schaub.”
Aldo has a title defense against Kenny Florian set for UFC 136 in Houston. It will be the second time the former WEC champion has defended his UFC title, as he stopped Mark Hominick at UFC 129 for his 12th straight fight.
“Jose is doing great. He is training very hard and he knows this is the fight of his life,” Soares said. “This is probably the biggest fight of his career, fighting against a well-known and talented guy like Kenny Florian. He is taking this fight very serious and he’s training very hard and I think we’re going to see the best Jose Aldo that you’ve ever seen.”
Machida is currently without a fight, as he turned down a match with Rashad Evans last month. Many reports have “The Dragon” facing off with a returning Phil Davis, but nothing has been confirmed by the UFC. Machida reportedly asked for “Anderson Silva-type money” to face Evans, but the UFC said no.
“Hopefully he will be fighting by the end of the year; at some point in December,” Soares said. “I’m hoping they are open to having him back in the Octagon. We’re not sure who his opponent will be, but whoever they put in front of us is fine.”