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    Duane 'Bang' Ludwig in limbo after Team Alpha Male coaching notice goes public
    http://mmajunkie.com/2014/03/duane-b...e-goes-public/
    “It wasn’t f–king supposed to be like this, man,” Ludwig told MMAjunkie on Wednesday afternoon following word of his departure via “UFC Tonight.”

    “Bang” said he met this morning with Faber to reveal his plans to return to his home state of Colorado and to assure he wouldn’t miss out on upcoming training camps for team members.

    “I’m not going to bounce on anybody’s fight camp,” he said. “Then he f–king went and told the team and did a press release before I knew. I’m like, ‘What the hell?’”

    According to Ariel Helwani on “UFC Tonight,” Ludwig will remain on as coach until May 24. A posting on Team Alpha Male’s website lists an opening for a head coach. Faber did not respond to a call requesting comment.

    Ludwig said he’ll train a handful of the team’s fighters who are appearing in UFC events over the next two months, but added his return to his home state to start his own business is now “up in the air.”

    “That’s why it was a bit sudden, because I was just giving Urijah the heads up; I didn’t really have much planned,” he said. “I think he kind of jumped (the gun).”

    The coach nonetheless intends to keep an open door to future work with the team and said he’ll gladly work in Sacramento if asked. He said Team Alpha Male fighters are also welcome to train with him in Colorado. But moving forward, he said, his priority is creating a source of income not dependent on his physical health.

    “I’ve been working for other businesses since I was 15, and it’s just time I do my own thing, man,” Ludwig said. “I gave Sacramento a year-and-a-half of my life and coaching. If I got hurt on this job, I would have no more income. There’s no residual income here, and I’m just at the point in my life where I’ve got to set up a residual business for myself.

    “I’m still working paycheck to paycheck. I’ve got to set up a business; that’s just the smartest move. Plus, Colorado’s home. I’ve got to get my family back and get my life situated again. I’ve got to be smart about my finances, and right now, this isn’t a smart thing to do.”

    Ludwig (21-14), 35, retired from active competition in 2012 with an injury TKO loss to Che Mills at UFC on FUEL TV 5, which marked his third straight loss. A protege of Bas Rutten, he made his MMA debut in 2000 and fought in kickboxing and MMA bouts for more than 12 years.

    “I’m still going to have an open window for them to come train with me and to bring me out for training camps and seminars and stuff,” he said of his relationship with Alpha Male. “They’re still going to be an affiliate of mine with the ‘Bang Muay Thai System.’ It’s just time to open my own business.”

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    Well this is awkward...
    "DO YOU THINK I'M JUST GOING TO SIT THERE AND LET YOU KILL ME JON???"

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    Fuck those little midgets.

    Bang brought them a shit ton of success, more so than what they had as a whole. He's not the reason they can't win titles.
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    I'll reserve most of my comments until I at least hear Faber's side to the story(since I've grown to be a fan of his since the Menjivar fight) and I'm sure Meltzer will say something about it tonight on his show.

    But joke-wise, Urijah and the gang better learn how to compromise and problem solve soon, or else middle school is going to be a ROUGH GO come September.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakara=Excitement View Post
    Fuck those little midgets.

    Bang brought them a shit ton of success, more so than what they had as a whole. He's not the reason they can't win titles.
    Yeah cause it's not like Faber held the WEC title for 2 1/2 years and the KoTC in the same time frame or anything along those lines before Ludwig came along. Or that Mendes was a top contender before they brought him in.

    I'm not saying Ludwig didn't improve the camp by being there but your kind of discrediting the guys in that camp who have accomplished a lot with and without Ludwig
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rise View Post
    Yeah cause it's not like Faber held the WEC for 2 1/2 years title and the KoTC in the same time frame or anything along those lines before Ludwig came along. Or that Mendes was a top contender before they brought him in.

    I'm not saying Ludwig didn't improve the camp by being there but your kind of discrediting the guys in that camp who have accomplished a lot with and without Ludwig
    I don't understand why people call faber things like "always the bridesmaid never the bride" at the time he was champ WEC was the best org in the world for fighters over 155. It was equivalent to the UFC title basically.
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    good for Ludwig, he deserves the reputation, the money and the freedom to control his legacy.

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    They call themselves team alpha male. What more do you need to know?

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