“The California Kid” has been impressing most fans with his blend of energy and ass-kickery since appearing in WEC more than six years ago. He went on to win the company’s title, defending it a number of times, and is a constant force whether fighting at 135 or 145 pounds. In fact, the 34-year old has looked better than ever since falling to champ Renan Barao, scoring three straight instances of success.
There are lots of MMA gyms out there but there’s only one Team Alpha Male. Known for producing fighters from smaller weight-classes, the California crew boasts an elite group of competitors including more than one UFC title-contender. Members like T.J. Dillashaw, Chad Mendes, and Joseph Benavidez are more like a family than simply training partners thanks to the leadership of Urijah Faber, and the future is looking brighter than ever thanks to the inclusion of seasoned striker Duane Ludwig on the coaching front. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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