Xtreme Couture's Eric Nicksick opens up on Robert Follis' departure from team

6 December 2017

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It’s 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. “He’s a guy that has led this time with blood, sweat and tears on that mat, and he’s the consistent guy on that gym, always. We’re led by him, Ray Sefo, Nate (Pettit), myself, and we’re fine where we’re at.”

In a somewhat neutral statement sent to Bleacher Report, Follis didn’t 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.

“It’s just one of those things – I feel like we weren’t 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 he’s better off on his own and doing his own thing and running his own program.

“He’s going to do well. He’s 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 at Team 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 team’s 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.

“Kevin’s going to be staying with us as a teammate,” Nicksick said. Whether he uses Follis in his corner, that’s up to him. I don’t 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 you’re on or whoever you are.

“I’ve cornered with guys that I maybe couldn’t stand or didn’t 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 you’re already losing the battle. It’s not about you; it’s about your guy or your girl.”

To hear more from Nicksick, check out the video above.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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