duane-ludwig-5.jpgThe more comfortable Duane “Bang” Ludwig gets with his head-coaching duties at Team Alpha Male, the more unlikely he is to make his own return to the cage.

The 34-year-old UFC vet, who recently took over as head instructor for the fast-rising California squad, hasn’t officially decided on retirement, but he said he’s close.

“I’m not retired, not officially yet,” he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “But it’s leaning toward that direction.”

“Bang” accepted the Team Alpha Male gig in December, a few months after he blew out his knee in an eventual loss to Che Mills at UFC on FUEL TV 5. It marked his third straight defeat, though his fights camps had been plagued by injuries that hindered his preparation.

Although he misses fighting, Ludwig has found plenty of satisfaction in contributing to the careers of Team Alpha Male fighters such as Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Joseph Benavidez, Danny Castillo, T.J. Dillashaw and other top-level lighter-weight competitors. They’ve all made a special point of thanking Ludwig after their recent wins.

“It’s going good for sure,” Ludwig said. “I definitely like the results we’ve been getting. I like how openminded that the athletes are to me. They’re taking my advice and thoughts to heart and running with it. I appreciate that. The respect is mutual. They’re putting their lives in my hands basically, so I need to make the information I’m giving them is true to my heart and I’m not f—ing them over. I take it very seriously.”

Ludwig was actually considering another coaching job – in Las Vegas at Throwdown Training Center (now Syndicate MMA) – when Faber gave him a call. Faber had called upon Ludwig for advice in past fights, and when the “California Kid” and gym owner wanted to bring in a full-time instructor, the two made a plan. Ludwig hosted a seminar at the Sacramento gym, largely so Ludwig’s wife could get a sense of the city and what it would be like to live there.

After deciding Sacramento offered as much to do for their kids as their Colorado home did, Ludwig accepted the job. He underwent knee surgery, and a few weeks later, he packed a U-Haul and made the move to Sacramento. He hasn’t regretted it for a day.

“I’m born for this s—, teaching guys, for sure,” he said.

As for his own career, Ludwig (21-14 MMA, 4-5 UFC) said he’d like rematches with Dan Hardy, Josh Neer and even Takanori Gomi, whom he lost to at a 2008 World Victory Road/Sengoku event. But he said he’s been heavier than 200 pounds for a few months now, and the possibility of returning to lightweight or even welterweight would be challenge. Additionally, injuries remain an issue, and he’s not sure his body could hold up in a fight camp.

“It’d be good to go off with a win in general … but for me to get through a training camp is hard due to injuries,” he said.

So for now, he’s focused on his stable of Team Alpha Male fighters. The team has excelled so far in 2013, though the camp has yet to produce a UFC champion following failed bids by bantamweight Faber, featherweight Mendes and flyweight Benavidez. The latter two, though, could soon change that, and they remain in the thick of their division’s title picture.

Ludwig’s prediction?

“Chad Mendes will be our first world champion, and then Joseph Benavidez,” he said.

For the latest on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Video: Roy Nelson discusses Nick Diaz suspension, says marijuana can help in camp

  • 22 days ago

LAS VEGAS – Next week the attention turns to UFC Fight Night 75 and Roy Nelson’s headliner with Josh Barnett. This week, though, the veteran heavyweight discussed the big topic: Nick Diaz’s recent su read news >>

Dana White has ‘nothing to tell you’ about Fedor: ‘I don’t know what their plans are’

  • 22 days ago

UFC President Dana White offered some insight into the potential negotiations between the UFC and Fedor Emelianenko. UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey may be the featured attraction at t read news >>

Bellator champ Liam McGeary star-struck by Tito Ortiz but plans to make name off him

  • 22 days ago

Liam McGeary was 16 when Tito Ortiz won his first UFC title in 2000. As they ready for a title fight in Saturday’s Bellator 142 main event, McGeary admitted he’s been a bit star-struck by the challen read news >>

'The Ultimate Fighter 22' blog: James Jenkins on episode No. 2

  • 22 days ago

In his weekly blog for MMAjunkie, “The Ultimate Fighter 22” cast member James Jenkins discusses the season’s second episode.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

'Different' Emanuel Newton plans to reclaim Light Heavyweight gold, starting with Phil Davis at 'Dynamite 1'

  • 23 days ago

Former Light Heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton was consistently underestimated by his opponents at their own peril. And he undoubtedly hopes Phil Davis makes the same mistake this weekend. Everyone read news >>

Manager: Josh Barnett has no future plans to compete at Metamoris

  • 23 days ago

Not only is Josh Barnett not currently scheduled to compete against Chael Sonnen at an upcoming Metamoris submission grappling event, don't expect him to compete for the promotion anytime soon. "Josh read news >>

Dominick Cruz: TJ Dillashaw and Duane Ludwig are 'idiots' for predicting knockout victory

  • 24 days ago

Dominick Cruz will finally get his chance to reclaim the title he was stripped of last year, when he faces current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in the main read news >>

Nick Diaz's team plans further legal action after 'kangaroo court' suspension

  • 25 days ago

LAS VEGAS – Nick Diaz’s attorney blasted a five-year suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and said legal action against the regulatory body is forthcoming.Filed under: Featu read news >>

Bagautinov plans to fight for 3-4 more years before transitioning to political career

  • 25 days ago

UFC flyweight Ali Bagautinov plans to fight for three or four more years before transitioning to a career in politics. Fresh of a yearlong suspension for performance enhancing substances, Ali Bagauti read news >>

Ronda Rousey: Retirement Looms, but ‘I’m Not Done Making History Yet’ (Video)

  • 27 days ago

Ronda Rousey makes no secret that she plans an early retirement from MMA, but she also doesn't plan on walking away before she shatters a few more records. read news >>