While most fans know Urijah Faber as a former WEC champion and one of the most popular fighters on the UFC rosters, others are aware of the bantamweight’s accomplishments off-camera as the in-gym general at Team Alpha Male where he’s helped develop a number of fighters into top-level talent. Faber will attempt a similar feat starting Friday night as one of the coaches on the Ultimate Fighter 15 opposite rival Dominick Cruz.
To assist in polishing the pugilists he picks into potential winners Faber will transplant his camp from California into the UFC Training Center for the season’s taping meaning the very men who will help him prepare for an eventual title-shot against Cruz are going to be intimately involved with his TUF team as well.
When asked about his assistant coaches on the show in an interview with the UFC’s website, Faber listed off a number of familiar names known in some cases for teaching and others for taking to opponents.
“Master Thong, Fabio Prado, Dustin Akbari, Justin Buchholz, Lance Palmer. And then my guys, Chad Mendes and Joseph (Benavidez) and Danny Castillo and T.J. Dillashaw, they’ll be coming out to help out as well, and I’ll probably have some guests coming in, different specialists that will come in and add their two cents and give these guys some cool techniques and stuff like that,” revealed Faber.
However, Faber also knows it isn’t just about his team back home over the coming season but the one he creates in Las Vegas.
“For me, I get a lot of exposure for myself, my team, my guys. Three months is a long time, and every week you have a bunch of viewers watching us and seeing how we interact and who we are and stuff like that,” the 32-year old explained. “But it’s also an opportunity to help out another group of guys. I’ve been a guy who’s been able to scout talent since I got in this game before it was even really popular, and I think I’m gonna be able to help out here as well, so I’m excited about that. It’s gonna be fun to help another group of guys reach their goals and do big things.”
Things kick off at 9:00 PM EST on FX with a two-and-half hour special featuring all of the qualifying fights, highlighting the fact this will be the first version of the long-running season with live action every week.
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