One of the top fight teams for the lighter weight class fighters, Team Alpha Male, was beginning to struggle and looking to find an edge. To switch things up, the team brought in Duane Ludwig as a coach in hopes of turning it all around and giving the team the upper hand.
Well, it has worked.
Since coaching Team Alpha Male, Urijah Faber and company have tallied an impressive 13-0 record.
Two of the Team Alpha Male fighters have spoken up to shed light on the impact Ludwig has had on their team:
“Being able to do all the drills and all the control and kind of slow things down with Duane Ludwig, and just really drill everything and really just embed it in my mind is probably one of the biggest keys with that control lately. I’m definitely very grateful to have Duane in our camp and he’s been doing great things for us.” — Chad Mendes
“We were always good fighters and a good team, no matter what we did, but we pretty much did that without a coach and without structure. We had great teammates to train with everyday, but we got that close, split decisions away from a world title when we really didn’t have all the other luxuries that other fighters have, which is just a coach. People take all that for granted. Just having somebody to watch video, watch your opponent, we’ve never had that before. If we were that close and we were getting better with him this might be the year we add some gold… He’s 100 percent the missing link at Team Alpha Male.” — Joseph Benavidez
There is no denying Ludwig’s impact and he has really breathed new life into the team.
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