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Former UFC Brazil exec explains leaving company

An overall, general view of the Octagon at the Prudential Center at UFC 159 in Newark, NJ, Saturday, April 27,2013. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
(AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Times are changing in the UFC. Recent weeks has seen several top executives cut from the organization, with many of the organization’s workers receiving their pink slips from their posts in Las Vegas, Canada, Europe, Brazil and Latin America.

Former UFC Brazil GM Giovani Decker was one of those top executives. The former company employee took to social media to explain why he was let go.

He wrote in a caption in Portuguese on Instagram (h/t 411 Mania for translation):

“Today, I ‘officialize’ the rumors that were ‘leaked’ in the media on Sept. 30 that I’m no longer in charge of the UFC in Brazil. The reasons are many, but I’ll cite as the main ones the lack of autonomy to perform a job well done and the latest decisions involving Brazilian fighters about to fight for belts. I really appreciate the opportunity given to me by the UFC. I had an incredible 18 months as head of the promotion in the country, where, among other accomplishments, I had the opportunity and the pleasure to lead UFC 198, the biggest MMA event in the history of Brazil, with 15,000 people at the weigh-ins and over 45,000 people at the event, the third biggest in the history of the UFC. I thank the athletes who always had a special kindness toward me, understanding I was there to help them, to guide them. Know that I’ve learned a lot from all of you! To the UFC fans, my thank you for the positive energy toward me and my work. I will cherish every one of these moments as one-of-a-kind in my life! Know that MMA has got a fan, a practitioner (though quite clumsy, it’s true) who will always be rooting for this sport, for the UFC, for the fighters in general and for the Brazilian fighters in particular.”

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