Duane Ludwig Says He's Focusing on His Own Business Now
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.26.2014
He'll still help Team Alpha Male though...
Duane Ludwig spoke with MMAjunkie about helping T.J. Dillashaw prepare for his win at UFC 173. Check out the highlights:
On his work with Team Alpha Male: "I will offer my services; I'm always going to be there for the guys. "But right now, I'm not scheduled to help them train or be in the corner."
On opening up his own martial arts academy: "I'm not really leaving Team Alpha Male. I'm going to go open up my business in Colorado. The team is going to get a new head coach, and I'm going to go open up my academy, and it's definitely open doors for all the Team Alpha Male guys, and especially T.J."
On whether he'll help coach Chad Mendes for his UFC 176 bout: "I'm going to come and help out for the fighter camps, but my business will come first. But I'll definitely always make time for T.J. and a couple of the guys. We have a special bond, and it's not something I will ever let go."
On being willing to coach Dillashaw for a fight against Urijah Faber: "T.J.'s my boy. I would (coach T.J. against Urijah). This is one of the things about T.J. and Faber. They fight once or twice a week in the gym. Why not get paid for it?"
On Dillashaw: "There's a couple of guys who are special to me, (and) T.J. is definitely the No. 1 special guy to me, for sure, 100 percent. He's a guy that we have the tightest bond, he's learned the most, gained the most, and he's become a martial artist."
On Dillashaw's win: "The win was a crazy moment, for sure. I saw that playing out for months now. Actually, the last year and a half; [Barao] had already been in our sights with most of the guys (at Team Alpha Male) since he's the main guy in the division. If we could beat him, we could beat anybody. My main pupil has always been T.J., and it was really kind of a storybook ending. This last year and a half, it was something special."
On Faber: "I'm talking to you right now because of Urijah Faber. He's the guy who put together this team; he's the guy who called me to come out and help him coach. I wouldn't be in this position without him, nor would T.J. T.J. didn't walk into Ultimate Fitness. Urijah went out and recruited him; he recruited Chad Mendes, also. So it's not like they were homegrown champions. He's a mastermind himself. He has a great eye for talent."