Duane Ludwig continues to work with T.J. Dillashaw.
However, Ludwig also previously coached Cody Garbrandt while at Team Alpha Male.
Now working with Dillashaw on The Ultimate Fighter, Ludwig tried to explain why there is so much animosity between the two fighters.
Below are highlights from the interview:
Duane Ludwig on the beef between Garbrandt and Dillashaw: “I try to stay clear of the beef. I’m a martial arts instructor. I don’t know why there was a beef at all. I was wrapped up in it in the beginning. Now I focus on the training.”
Ludwig on the animosity between Garbrandt and Dillashaw: “It’s going to be good TV, but I stay clear of that as much as possible. On THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER, I’m there to train the fighters. It was intense. All of it was from the other coaches’ standpoint. We’re cool.”
Ludwig on if he was the cause of the beef: “I was head coach for a while in Sacramento. I went home and I opened up my own place. I had a childhood dream of opening up my own dojo in my home of Colorado. It rubbed some people the wrong way.”
Ludwig on Dillashaw’s game plan to beat Garbrandt: “Cody is great if he’s right in front of you. It involves footwork. TJ just needs to be TJ. He doesn’t need me to be the champion again. He will be champion again.”
Ludwig on if Garbrandt matchup against Dillashaw is the hardest he’s had: “The Cruz matchup was a tougher fight because of the footwork and lead up to the fight. With this one, I’ve trained both guys. They know our system from two years ago but we’ve evolved the system. It’ll be the new BMT system against the old BMT system from two years ago.”