Urijah Faber Is Happy Team Alpha Male Has Parted Ways With Duane Ludwig
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.20.2014
“Actually it’s kind of a breath of fresh air…”
The MMA Hour recently interviewed UFC bantamweight fighter Urijah Faber this week. Faber discussed the issue of Team Alpha Male coach Duane Ludwig leaving the head coach spot, after having great success in the role in the last year. Below are some highlights.
Faber on Ludwig being difficult to deal with at times: "Duane did a great job running his practice and he's passionate about his stuff. We implemented a lot of his drills during our set practices and it turned out great. But he was a little difficult to deal with here and there. And so actually it's kind of a breath of fresh air to have parted ways. And actually, since we made this announcement of him leaving, it's been the smoothest between he and I, in the business side of things, since he's been here."
Faber on the friction he felt with Ludwig: "You know what, Duane's a real emotional guy. So sometimes he's really, really happy, like excited, screaming around. Sometimes he's real serious. Sometimes he's emotional; he's been to tears in practice talking about things he's passionate about and talking to guys. So there was some friction here and there, but it was just very short-lived and kind of confusing, to be honest. Kind of friction, but then, like, not friction, so kind of up and down."
Faber on Martin Kampmann being Ludwig's temporary replacement: "Martin is going to come in just temporarily. He's got some other job offers and some other interests. See how he feels, how we feel with him. It's more an immediate fix where we'll pay him to come in for a training camp and be a coach, and then we're still continuing to look. He may be a guy that we're considering. We've got a lot of interest. I feel like you've got to let a guy go where he wants to go. If he's not in the bigger picture of things and understanding being a part of what I'm trying to build for the long run. I'm relieved to have the opportunity to find someone that is more involved and more thinking about the big picture for my team, the team that I've been building for 11 years. So we're going to miss having [Ludwig] coach because he did a great job coaching, but I'm looking forward to having someone that is about the big picture for our team, which is multiple world champions for years and years and years to come."