Former UFC fighter Justin Buchholz recently announced that he is no longer the head coach at Team Alpha Male.
Urijah Faber is the longtime owner and founder of Team Alpha Male, the team founder says Buchholz approached him about vacating the head coaching position.
“Honestly it hasn’t been much of a change. I think that’s more of a personal viewpoint of Buchholz. What we have been able to do is hire more coaches and thank goodness for Mountain Lion Aviation. It’s been awesome having them support us and we brought more guys on, Chris Holdsworth, Danny Castillo, coach Joey Rodriguez, myself, and the existing coaches Fabio Prado and Justin Buchholz. I think Justin is maybe having a little trouble with having more guys in on practice, etc. It was kinda his idea for him to step into more of a kickboxing role. I’d love for him to be as a head coach. There’s a lot of guys that he will be a lead coach for and there’s a lot of guys that won’t have him as a lead coach. So it’s not necessarily like a shaking up, everything is pretty much the same,” Faber said on the Slip N’ Dip Podcast.
Buchholz is currently the head muay thai coach at Team Alpha Male and he will still get to work with other fighters during their training camps as well.
Faber does admit that after the weekend of fights are all over, that he will need to sit down to talk things over with the former head coach.
“Yeah it’s a little weird. I’ll talk to him after this fight week and see what’s going with his head, but it is what it is. We’re firing on all cylinders and it’s been amazing time for Cody and the whole team,” says Faber.
Team Alpha Male’s weekend began at PFL: Washington with Lance Palmer beating Steven Siler and it ends with UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt facing TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217.