American Top Team (ATT) has suffered a major loss as Din Thomas has decided to part from the team.
The relationship between Thomas and ATT lasted nearly two decades, but Thomas says it was time for him to make a change.
“I just feel like it’s time for me to move on,” he said to MMA Fighting. “I was with them for 19 years. My justification is if Tom Brady can leave the Patriots after 20, I can leave ATT after 19. There’s a lot of fighters I want to work with, and I can’t get to them because of my affiliation. I want to be able to have more freedom to work with people and develop different people without having a structure behind me.”
Thomas will still be coaching and working with fighters, with one of his most notable students being former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.
ATT owner Dan Lambert says that Thomas was both a great teammate and coach during his near two decade run with the group.
“He was a great teammate and then a great coach,” Lambert stated via text. “I’m sure he will be very successful regardless of the path he is choosing.”
While Thomas plans on continuing to coach fighters, it hasn't been revealed yet if the former ATT coach plans on forming his own team or coaching fighters on a one on one basis.