Urijah Faber Clarifies Justin Buchholz’s Removal As Head Coach

It was recently revealed that Justin Buchholz is no longer the head coach of Team Alpha Male. Now the training camp’s founder, Urijah Faber, has decided to come forward and clear the air.

Speaking on the Slip n’ Dip Podcast, as transcribed by MMA Uno, Faber offered his thoughts on the matter.

“Honestly it hasn’t been much of a change and 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.”

Speaking on Buchholz new position as the head Muay Thai coach, Faber added:

“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 other guys that wont have him as a lead coach.

“He did take off to Alaska and was kinda on his time period for that. He took off and actually took a fight and came back and things were actually going smoothly. It’s business as usual for us though. We have like five or six coaches in each practice.

“We have like, I dunno, I don’t know how many guys we have fighting in the UFC now, but from Sage Northcutt, Cynthia Calvillo, we just got like, dunno, a bunch of new guys coming in from all over the globe. It’s a time when we need a lot of hands on deck.”

Finishing his thoughts on the matter, Urijah Faber said:

“Head coach is still a position for him if he’s thinking more of a kickboxing role for himself.”

“Yeah it’s a little weird, I don’t want to… I’ll talk to him after this fight week and see what’s going on in his head, but it is what it is.”