UFC batamweight perennial top contender, Urijah Faber has long been a crowd pleasing staple in the MMA community and has worn the mantle of positive role model for the majority of his lengthy, 12-year career. He's not known for carrying grudges unless your name starts with "D" and ends with "ominick Cruz," but lately, he's had some choice words for former Team Alpha Male striking coach, Duane "Bang" Ludwig, who exited the northern California fight camp headquarters last year to strike out on his own.
With Ludwig's recent comments about the team, Faber has been vocal about the Colorado native's tenure with TAM, and criticized him about being a negative bully during an excellent interview with Submission Radio.
"You know, I've tried to keep it real private because I don't want to air dirty laundry necessarily, but it's just kind of sad. Duane is a guy that was really, really down and out when I gave him a call, and I've just learned that dysfunction kind of follows that guy. So we've brought him into a great situation and really tried to hoist him up, and to see him bad-mouthing the team is kind of sad, you know?
We've done a lot for him and he's been out of our gym for maybe a year and a half, and to see a guy like talk about guys he hasn't even been around for a year and a half like he knows what the heck they're even up to is kind of strange. Especially guys that have really gone out of their way to help promote a guy, because he was pretty emotional about how down and out he was at the time. So it's just unfortunate, man.
There's some guys that, no matter the opportunity seem to stab themselves in the foot. And from my stand point, what I've seen from him, I don't like the way he treats people. He's a bully, he's done things that have really rubbed me the wrong way as far as building a positive environment, and I feel bad for the people that are stuck with him, because he takes and he takes and he takes, and it's not the way that I built my team and I don't appreciate his negativity. So for me, I'm done with the guy."