Sometimes you get what you pay for.
For Team Alpha Male and it's general, former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) Featherweight champion Urijah Faber, a partnership with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Duane Ludwig failed and burst into flames in 2014.
"Everything that you think I did wrong, sorry about that ... everything that I feel was done wrong, fu** it. I don't care anymore," Ludwig told the Deep Waters Podcast (via FOX Sports). Let's just squash all that bullsh** and make sure whoever chooses to train with me, has the opportunity because whoever trains with me, they do better, 100 percent, than if they didn't train with me."
The 37-year-old Ludwig competed in UFC for little more than 2.5 years, achieving a 4-5 record in the promotion. After his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) in Sept. 2012, the Coloradoan began training fighters in his own gym in Broomfield, Colo., before transitioning into his role as Team Alpha Male's striking coach in 2013.
Ludwig made his presence felt in the camp through dominant knockout wins produced by Faber's stablemates Chad Mendes and current 135-pound champion T.J. Dillashaw. However, he was only coaching because he gave Faber and his business partners his word.
It was a marriage doomed from the start, according to Ludwig.
"The reality is that he was offering me a job, and he fell short of what he offered. That's where we started having disagreements," said Ludwig. "So, I sat Faber down about three months into the job and was like, 'this isn't going the direction that it was supposed to.' I was being a little short-changed in some areas.
I had agreed to a 12-month term. Again, I never signed an agreement, but I gave them my word. To me, that's gold ... I'm just a man of my word and I expect other people to be a man of their word."
Ludwig went on to coach "Money" and "Killashaw" to two separate title shots, with the latter capturing Bantamweight gold from former pound-for-pound star Renan Barao at UFC 173 in March 2014, which is around the point in time when he split from the California-based gym and this man replaced him.
Dillashaw still splits time training with Ludwig in Colorado and Faber and Co. in Sacramento, even doing so for his latest title defense versus "The Baron" at UFC on FOX 16 back in July.
The tides turned when Faber became more vocal in the media about the split between his gym and Ludwig, which caught the latter by surprise. Ludwig says that he reached out to Faber earlier this past week, but received no response yet.
Looking back on his tumultuous tenure coaching in the "Golden State," Ludwig can't complain because as with any coach in professional sports, great players and great coaches simply go hand-in-hand.
"I thank him for the opportunity because I wouldn't be at this level, I wouldn't understand martial arts as much as I do now, without that opportunity. So, that's gold to me," Ludwig said.
Besides, he's got more important business to worry about now.
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