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Urijah Faber On What Led Duane Ludwig To Leave Team Aplpha

Andrew Ravens

Urijah Faber

UFC bantamweight fighter Urijah Faber appeared on the MMA Hour this week to talk about the issue of Duane Ludwig leaving the head coach spot at Team Alpha and having great success in the role in the last year.

Was there any problems with you and Duane Ludwig? “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, its been the smoothest between he and I, in the business side of things, since he’s been here.”

“Duane’s a real emotional guy. So sometimes he’s really, really happy, like excited, screaming around. Sometimes he’s really serious. Sometimes his emotional; he’s been in 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.”

Urijah Faber has seven knockouts, 17 submissions and 5 decision victories, he has been knocked out three times in his MMA career. In his last four fights he is 3-1. He beat Scott Jorgensen via rear naked choke at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on Apr / 13 / 2013. He beat Iuri Alcantara via Unanimous Decision at UFC Fight Night – Shogun vs. Sonnen on Aug / 17 / 2013. He then beat Michael McDonald via Guillotine Choke at UFC on Fox 9 – Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 on Dec / 14 / 2013. In his last fight he lost to Renan Barao via 1st Rd TKO at UFC 169 – Barao vs. Faber 2 on Feb / 01 / 2014.

Urijah Faber (30-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Alex Caceres (10-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will meet at UFC 175.

UFC 175 takes place July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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