The hushed rivalry between UFC fighter Urijah Faber and former Team Alpha Male head coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig isn’t so behind the scenes, anymore.
“Bang” Ludwig served as the head coach for the California-based gym and coached several of the team’s top stars from December 2012 to May 2014 before the split occurred. At first, the split seemed amicable. However, in the months following their split both parties started to throw verbal jabs at one another, such as Ludwig claiming TJ Dillashaw was the only person at Team Alpha Male that wanted to be champion.
Urijah Faber was a guest on the “MMA Hour” and decided to unload the dirty laundry on Duane Ludwig… and it wasn’t pretty.
“I had to talk to him about not breaking people down. One girl from Alaska said that Duane keeps saying, ‘you’re pretty terrible and you should just quit.’ She goes, ‘he starts laughing like he’s joking but I know he’s serious.’ She wasn’t the best girl on the team, and it was mean is what it was. So I had to talk to him about that.”
“…I had my managers who Duane basically struck a little fear into. One time, my one manager was talking and Duane told him to ‘shut the f*** up when he’s talking.’ It got real awkward and silent, and my manager says, ‘no one talks to me like that.’ So Duane says something like, ‘when I’m speaking, don’t speak.’ That kind of thing. I had to talk to him about that.
…Duane refused to work with any females. He said, ‘I just want to tell you, I’m not supportive of women’s MMA. I won’t be working with anybody, I won’t be working with Paige (VanZant), I’m not going to be working with Nicky, I’m not going to work with Veronica. I don’t believe in it.’ Okay. That was an issue.
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