The Team Alpha Male coaching carousel is continuing to spin as MMA NYTT is reporting that Justin Buchholz is gone from the faction. Buchholz joins a host of other coaches that have left or been fired from the team, including Duane Ludwig and Martin Kampmann among others.
Buchholz was the head coach of the team in January of 2016, but was switched over to being a muay thai coach in late 2017 after Team Alpha Male changed the leadership hierarchy.
It was Buchholz himself who revealed that he was no longer the head coach of the team in an interview with Stud Radio in October of 2017:
“I am no longer the head coach of Team Alpha Male. I went to Alaska and I came back and a lot of things have changed. It’s been changing actually since we moved to the new gym [four months ago]. A lot of things changed. I had a system that I had put in place last year that I was in charge of and I stuck to and made things happen and we’ve gone to a different system. Urijah explained it to me that there are five head coaches. So everyone is like a head coach but I am no longer the head coach, I run the Muay Thai program. I’m the only Muay Thai coach so yeah, you could say I’m the Muay Thai head coach. Instead of doing all the practices and doing a ton of work, I’ll get paid by the hour and I’ll just get paid by class and have one class a week, where I was doing four classes and work. It’s a changing of roles but I’m gonna do work from the Muay Thai position and keep doing my thing and try to win and build world world champions, but for the the team in general, I’m not running the MMA practices anymore.”
UFC Fight Night St. Louis was the last event that Buchholz cornered a Team Alpha Male fighter, as he helped corner Darren Elkins to a second round submission win over Michael Johnson.
Neither Justin Buchholz or a representative of Team Alpha Male have commented on the matter at this time.