In a rather strange move, former Team Alpha Male coach Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig recently did an interview and essentially bashed all of the guys on the team, except T.J. Dillashaw.
Ludwig has been working with Dillashaw, the UFC bantamweight champion, even after he left TAM and went to Colorado. In the interview, with SiriusXM’s Fight Club, Ludwig said that he believes Dillashaw is the champ because he’s the only one on the team that wants it enough.
Check out what he had to say:
“He actually wants it. TJ is the only one who actually wants to be a champion. TJ trains a lot harder and is a lot more focused than anyone else on the team, period.”
“There’s just certain people that want it more than others,” he continued. “He has a stronger drive, a stronger determination. He actually believes he can be champ and he’s the one who puts in the extra work, asks the questions, trains a bit harder, takes less breaks…. He’s the only guy…. Danny Castillo works really hard as well. Danny over-trains himself. T.J. is just very smart on how he trains as well, and it’s just a difference when you see the whole Alpha Male Team train, and T.J. sticks out.”
“Chad is not one of the guys who is always in the gym training hard. So, he wasn’t in the best shape for the fight. I think if Chad was in shape — I don’t know if it would’ve been a different outcome — but it definitely would’ve been a different fight. Chad, man… I’ll tell you what, no one needs me, but everyone who works with me is going to do better with me than without me. That’s for sure. And I feel with the proper camp, Chad could be wearing the belt, he could wearing the belt right now. I felt that too when he fought Aldo the second time.”
Interesting statement since the team holds a lot of champions, including the former WEC champ Urijah Faber and the current WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer, just to name a few. What do you think prompted his response?
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