When it comes to training there’s only much improvement a fighter can make when he/she is heads and shoulders above the other competitors calling the same gym home. UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier recently found himself staring at that reality in the case of Gladiators MMA, the very venue he’d been honing his game at since the beginning of his career where he forged an incredibly strong bond with team head Tim Credeur. As a result, the 23-year old has decided to expand his horizons and recently headed down to Florida to polish his craft as a member of American Top Team.

“I’ve seen a lot of people wondering if me and Gladiators and Tim Credeur had a fall out and the answer is no we didn’t. We all sat down and thought this move to ATT was the best for my career,” explained Poirier on Twitter. “We are still very good friends. I’m just making the proper adjustments in my life to put UFC gold around my waist. I’m excited for the future.”

ATT is one of the most respected gyms in MMA with the likes of Thiago Alves, Jorge Masvidal, Mike Brown, Yves Edwards, Gleison Tibau, Marcus Brimage, Cole Miller, and numerous other UFC/Strikeforce fighters taking up shop there.

Poirier had won four fights in a row after coming over to the UFC from WEC, establishing himself as a potential contender to Jose Aldo’s crown, but was badly beaten in a May match-up with Chan Sung Jung. He holds an overall record of 12-2 with ten finishes to his credit.