Coach Duane Ludwig was cornering TJ Dillashaw as he defeated Cody Garbrandt to win the UFC Bantamweight Title for a second time at UFC 217.
As far as a rumored Dillashaw versus Urijah Faber fight goes, the longtime MMA coach is open to the idea of that bout.
“It’s not solely me, but I helped (Dillashaw) a little bit,” Ludwig said on The MMA Hour. “But he does improve and Faber doesn’t improve. He had a very hard time picking up my system. He’s just set in his ways and that’s good because it’s been successful, but the sport has evolved and he hasn’t so it would be in my eyes a pretty easy fight for T.J. and I would like to see it just because they’d both make some money off it, it would be good for the sport, in every direction it would be good. I’m not looking forward to dealing with drama again, they seem to love drama, I do like to stay away from that, if it does happen, just let it be a regular fight where we train and we do our interviews and we go and fight.”
Dillashaw and Team Alpha Male have been hated rivals ever since Dillashaw left the team to train with Ludwig in Colorado.
Despite the drama surrounding the whole situation, the coach would like to see everybody move on from it all.
“I’ll always make time for T.J. and he knows that,” Ludwig said. “I’ll always make time for a lot of people, even after the fight with Cody, I had a heart-to-heart with Danny Castillo, it was really emotional for me, I generally love and care for those guys, we’re a family and a team and to have this drama, f**king I was crying and s**t, I was like, ‘Man, I love you guys, if you need anything please let me know, I’m sorry there has to be drama.’ It just goes back to my personality, if I’m in, I’m all in… I just want to say I still love those guys, I’m sorry that there’s drama and hopefully we can move on.”
Faber retired from active competition after defeating Brad Pickett at UFC On Fox 22, but stated in the past that he would return for the right opponent.