According to multiple reports UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is leaving Team Alpha Male. The story was first reported by the Brazilian sports website Combate.
Reports state that Dillashaw will join the Muscle Pharm sponsored Evolution Fight Team in Denver, Colorado. It should also be noted that Dillashaw’s head coach Duane Ludwig has a gym based out of Broomfield which is near Denver. Dillashaw released a statement to MMA Fighting about his departure from Team Alpha Male:
“In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado. The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me. I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we’ve shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.
“I will be spending my next full training camp with Elevation Fight Team as they’ve offered me an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities.
“I want to thank everyone for the continued support as this has not been a decision I’ve taken lightly.”
Dillashaw has been in the middle of a war of words between Duane Ludwig and Team Alpha Male founder member Urijah Faber. Ludwig announced his departure from the Sacramento based team two month prior to Dillashaw capturing the UFC bantamweight championship. Dillashaw has made it very public that he is with Ludwig when it comes to training for a fight but other members of Team Alpha Male have slowly stopped their association with the coach.
Dillashaw (12-2) is expected to face former champion Dominick Cruz on January 17 in Boston, Massachusetts.