For a time, former WEC champ Urijah Faber and former UFC champ TJ Dillashaw trained happily together, as mentor and protege, under the roof of Sacramento, California’s Team Alpha Male. Today, however, the two fighters could not be more distant.
Not long after Team Alpha Male brought striking veteran Duane Ludwig in to serve as a coach, Ludwig departed the camp, and relocated to Colorado. Having formed a close relationship with the striking coach, Dillashaw then followed him to Colarado, where he now splits his training between Team Elevation and Ludwig’s gym.
Since then, Team Alpha Male has produced another world champion Cody Garbrandt who, like Faber, was once friendly with Dillashaw.
As the reigning bantamweight champ and the number one ranked bantamweight respectively, the former teammates Garbrandt and Dillashaw have developed a fairly bitter rivalry. The UFC has cleverly capitalized on this rivalry by pitting Garbrandt and Dillashaw against each other not only in the next bantamweight title fight, but also as opposing coaches on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. This new season of the show kicked off last night, and shortly after it did, Faber took to Instagram to roast his former student Dillashaw, and his coach, Ludwig.
Faber’s post to Instagram, which includes three slides, show Dillashaw discussing his choice to depart from Team Alpha Male, and most interestingly, a screen grab of a fiery text message exchange with Ludwig.
See Faber’s post below:
Sad to see my former friend @tjdillashaw lie about me on national television to save his reputation. He knows there was no ultimatum, he got lured by money 🤑And @ludwigmartialarts your welcome for employing you (when u were broke, down & out) for 1 year and 3 months – of the 14 yr existence of @teamalphamalemma, a team built with some of my closest friends, with blood, sweat, and tears. And thanks Duane for trying to warn me about TJ being sold off, once he won the belt (see the text on 3rd slide). Thank u @thenotoriousmma for seeing the future 😂 Thank u @cody_nolove for being a real champion inside and outside of the octagon 🏆💔 Thank u to @studshowradio for the best podcast ever (kinda😂) My coaching staff that is the best in the world @justinbuchholz_ @holdsworthmma @lastcall155 @dustinakbari @fabiopradobjj @masterthong916 @joey_rodriguez916 And for the word LOYALTY which is hard to find.
“[Duane], you’re welcome for employing you (when u were broke, down & out) for 1 year and 3 months – of the 14 yr existence of [Team Alpha Male], a team built with some of my closest friends, with blood, sweat, and tears,” Faber said. “And thanks Duane for trying to warn me about TJ being sold off, once he won the belt (see the text on 3rd slide).”
In this post, Faber also thanked Conor McGregor for trying to warn him about Dillashaw back when they served as rival coaches on a previous season of The Ultimate Fighter.
“Thank you [Conor McGregor] for seeing the future,” he said.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/20/2017.