It now seems as though former welterweight contender Martin Kampmann will be the man to replace Duane Ludwig as head coach for the highly respected Team Alpha Male. Reports suggested in the last number of weeks that Kampmann had acted as a guest coach and was well received by the team, and now UFC Tonight’s Karyn Bryant has claimed the deal to get the Dane on board is ‘99%’ complete.
Current coach – and coach of the year 2013 winner – Duane Ludwig announced his decision to step down several weeks ago, and will do so after TJ Dillashaw’s shot at the bantamweight title at UFC 173 in a week’s time. Now it seems as though a fellow welterweight will be the man to replace him, with Kampmann announcing after his loss to Carlos Condit that he would be stepping away from competing in the sport for some time.
Though not officially retired, ‘Hitman’ has lost his last two after coming close to a shot at the welterweight title, and that losing skid led to his decision to take some time off. Whether Kampmann will return or not is yet to be confirmed, but – should he take over at Team Alpha Male – it is looking less likely.
In related news, UFC bantamweight contender Urijah Faber has been pitted to fight #13 ranked Alex Caceres at UFC 175. Chad Mendes will fight for the featherweight title against Jose Aldo at UFC 176, and – as stated – Dillashaw will fight Renan Barao for the bantamweight title at UFC 173.
Here is Karyn Bryant’s report on the Kampmann situation (h/t Low Kick MMA).
“They are going to have Martin Kampmann come in now. Chad (Mendes) was telling me that he’s got a great sense of humor, he vibes with the team very well here, so we can look for Martin to be the next coach and continue building upon the things that Duane “Bang” Ludwig has already done with the guys.
99 percent sure guys that it’s a done deal.”