In an interview with Bloody Elbow’s Stephy Daniels, Matt Serra has revealed that UFC middleweight Costa Philippou has left his team, and made the jump to Bellmore Kickboxing. Serrra also let it be known that there is no animosity or bad blood over the situation. He explained the situation this way.
Costa’s not flying our flag anymore. He went over to Bellmore Kickboxing, just to make that clear. I love Costa. He’s a good dude. He just wanted a change. Me and him are always cool, you know, but he just wanted a change. He went a couple towns over to Bellmore Kickboxing with Keith Trimble, who is a very cool guy. It’s a pretty cool camp and Longo brings guys over there for sparring, and vice versa. It’s all good. It’s all friendly, but he’s just not going to be carrying the Serra-Longo flag anymore, for sure. I wish him nothing but the best for his career.
Will this be the last step Philippou needs to take in order to get himself into discussion as being a top 5 middleweight? That remains to be seen, but it is nice to see a camp change being done without hurt feelings and animosity from either side.