Head Coach Duane Ludwig Leaves Team Alpha Male

Written by Tom Ngo
March 19th, 2014

UFC Duane Ludwig

Team Alpha Male has a stable full of studs, but the addition of former MMA veteran Duane Ludwig (pictured) as the squad’s head coach in late 2012 helped propel its fighters to greater heights.

Ludwig’s time at the famed Sacramento based-gym has abruptly come to an end. The team made waves Wednesday by announcing on their official website that they were in search of a new head coach.

“Team Alpha Male, a world renowned Mixed Martial Arts team based out of Sacramento, CA is looking to fill the position of head coach. TAM will be taking applicants from around the world over the next few months and will be looking to fill the position no later than May 24th,” the job listing read. “The head coaching position would oversee the current TAM coaching staff which includes  Fabio “Pateta” Prado, Dustin Akbari, Lance Palmer, Joe Guevara, Justin Buchholz and Billy Olson.”

As you can see, Ludwig’s name is not mentioned.

On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” reporter Ariel Helwani said he confirmed Ludwig’s departure with UFC bantamweight Urijah Faber, the team’s leader. Faber claimed the split was amicable and that all parties felt it was time for Ludwig to move on.

Ludwig is just one month removed from winning Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year honors at the 2013 Fighters Only MMA Awards.

Faber, Chad Mendes, Joseph Benevidez, Danny Castillo, TJ Dillashaw, Chris Holdsworth are among some of the Team Alpha Male stars that benefited from Ludwig’s expertise.

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