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UFC's Drew McFedries back with Miletich's camp
Glad things are patched up.
After brief falling out, UFC's Drew McFedries back with Pat Miletich's camp
by Dann Stupp on Feb 02, 2010 at 4:15 pm ET
Following some less-than-flattering comments about his team during a post-UFC 98 press conference, UFC middleweight Drew McFedries learned he had been kicked out of Pat Miletich's legendary camp in Bettendorf, Iowa.
McFedries' words and subsequent dismissal caused a stir in 2009, but Miletich today said things have been smoothed over.
While a guest on today's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), the longtime fighter, trainer and broadcaster said McFedries has rejoined the team and that all troubles are in the past.
"We parted ways for a little while, but we're happy to have Drew back and training again," Miletich said.
The problem developed after McFedries' 37-second TKO of Xavier Foupa-Pokam in May 2009. After the UFC 98 victory, McFedries made a point to thank the Illinois-based H.I.T. Squad while criticizing his own camp.
"I didn't really didn't get a lot of support from my own team at MFS, which is sad," said McFedries, who spent part of his training camp at the Illinois gym, which is co-owned by Matt Hughes and Robbie Lawler. "That's my hometown."
McFedries met with Miletich and some of the gym's veteran members after the show about his comments, which quickly made the rounds in the media, and the decision was made for MFS and McFedries to split ways.
Miletich declined to go into much detail about the situation but said McFedries may have been upset that the longtime trainer couldn't travel to Las Vegas to be in his fighter's corner for UFC 98. Miletich said other fighters from the camp offered to go to serve as cornermen, though McFedries claimed after the show he had trouble getting support.
"After [UFC 98], when he thanked the H.I.T. Squad and stuff, it was kind of a strange comment to make because a lot of the guys at the gym were committed to his fight, which he obviously won in convincing fashion," Miletich said. "But Drew is back. I really like Drew. ... I'm glad we patched things up."
McFedries (8-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC), who entered the UFC with just five pro bouts, generally is regarded as one of the UFC's top strikers, though his ground game has been slow to develop. All but his first career win came via stoppage due to strikes.
McFedries most recently competed at UFC 103 in September 2009, where he suffered a submission loss to Tomasz Drwal in a Spike TV-televised bout.
(For more on Miletich, stay tuned to MMAjunkie.com for an additional recap of his guest spot on MMAjunkie.com Radio.)
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