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Urijah Faber: Team Alpha Male will be getting UFC title shots for the next 15 years

How many more title shots do you think Urijah Faber and Co. will receive during the remainder of their respective careers? Plenty, according to “The California Kid.”


When you think of the top mixed martial arts (MMA) fight camps in the world, Team Alpha Male sometimes seems to fly under the radar.

Camps such as Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), The Blackzilians and American Top Team (ATT) are just some of the most talked-about teams in MMA.

With top stars such as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, among others, making up the roster of the aforementioned gyms, it's clear why they receive much of the attention.

Having champions on your team definitely helps for recognition and praise, and current UFC bantamweight contender and leader of Team Alpha Male, Urijah Faber, says his crew will continue to win and continue to get title shots for the next decade ... and beyond.

He explains to Bleacher Report:

"You are talking about guys who have only lost title fights and are young guys at that. Joseph and Chad are still young in their careers, and I still have plenty of years left in mine. We all live healthy lifestyles. Danny Castillo has been on a tear, as well, and he's one of the main guys on our team. We weren't planning on losing any of these fights, and on top of that, we brought in a new coach in Duane Ludwig who is inspiring and is a great addition to the group. It brings a great energy to the gym and is extremely motivating. These title shots are not going to stop. We are going to be getting title shots for the next 15 years if everything goes the way I want it to."

"The California Kid" came up short twice in his bid to capture UFC gold against Dominick Cruz at UFC 132 and Renan Barao at UFC 149, while Joseph Benavidez lost out on the UFC's flyweight strap to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 152. Chad Mendes, meanwhile, was knocked out by featherweight king Jose Aldo in their title fight at UFC 142.

Since their respective losses and the addition of striking guru Duane Ludwig, all three men have gone unbeaten, racking up seven straight wins between them, making their case for another shot at the gold. Faber goes for his third straight victory this weekend (Aug. 17, 2013) when he takes on Yuri Alcantara at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Whether or not Team Alpha Male members make the most of their second chances at obtaining UFC gold once they eventually receive them, remains to be seen.

Who, in your eyes, will be the first to achieve that goal?

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