By Evan Stoumbelis
Duane “Bang” Ludwig, the mastermind behind Team Alpha Male’s success, may be leaving the famous team to go open his own gym in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean he won’t train Chad Mendes for his title bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 176 on August 2nd.
“Bang” spoke with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour recently to discuss the deal struck between himself and Mendes leading up to his rematch with Aldo.
“Chad Mendes and I talked a little bit, so I am going to figure something out with him to see what we’re going to do. I’m not going to say that he needs me, but his chances of winning the title are better with me, than without me. I know that, he knows that and we all know that. So, I’m going to try and figure something out. There was a meeting conducted without me about a month ago or so, and Chad was given the option to have me corner him or not and said he didn’t mind either way. So now he realizes that his chances are better with me. So he reached out and I’m always going to be there for my guys. I’m going to try to make something work to help him train for this camp.”
What do you think PENNation? After seeing T.J. Dillashaw’s performance against Renan Barao, will Duane Ludwig provide the answer to Jose Aldo that Chad Mendes didn’t have in their first matchup? Sound off in the comments section.