Steroids in MMA
Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

Duane Ludwig’s Secret Coaching Weapon: Watching Fight Tape While High

(“…and I’m not saying it was aliens, okay? But dude. It was aliens.” / Photo via

Ever since retired UFC fighter Duane Ludwig stepped in as the striking coach for Urijah Faber‘s Team Alpha Male, the Sacramento-based crew has been on a tear. They essentially have three #1 contenders on the team right now (Faber, Chad Mendes and Joseph Benavidez) and Alpha Male hasn’t lost a major bout since Ludwig took over the coaching spot.

Ludwig discusses his recent gig and coaching techniques in a great two-part interview over at MMA Mania that you really should check out in full. There’s a lot behind Ludwig’s approach to coaching and what he brings to the table — over a decade of experience as an elite kickboxer and MMA fighter, for example. But we can’t help but fixate on the last thing he talks about in the interview.

At first he tries to gloss over it but, ‘Bang’ likes the ganja and feels that analyzing fight footage while high helps him get deeper insight. (Also, that giant Team Alpha Male bag of Cheetos from Costco ain’t gonna eat itself.)

“I’m always studying film, looking at fights from all aspects. When I watch a fight, I watch it from A’s corner and then I watch it from B’s corner. Even with that, I look at the fight again and I alter my own consciousness and I watch the fights again just to make sure, just to get some different looks on things. I actually have another guy in Colorado who reviews film for me as well. From one fight in particular, I get a lot of looks. I watch it multiple times from different stages of consciousness and I have other people watching it. I put more research into fighting than anybody does, more effort into this game than people are aware of, that’s for sure,” Ludwig explains to MMA Mania.

When asked what, exactly, he meant by an altered consciousness, Ludwig explained the Joe Rogan cocktail that he uses to break down film. And dude, it’s totally not against the law, ok?

“It’s freakin’ legal,” Ludwig said, not paranoid in the least.

“Let me address this issue. When I watch film, I watch film normal how I am now. Then I watch film when I’m high on marijuana. I also watch the film again when I have Alpha Brain in my system. I watch film from three different states of consciousness just to get different looks at things. Just to see if maybe I missed a step or a nice little detail just to get different looks on things. I take this serious as hell.”

Yeah, maybe. But we personally won’t take Ludwig serious as a coach until he watches film high and popping OnIt pills from inside of a sensory deprivation chamber.

- Elias Cepeda

Cagepotato Comments

Showing 1-25 of comments

Sort by : Show hidden comments
Hamice- May 9, 2013 at 10:41 pm
algiersheadkick504- May 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm
Kinda like how I passed high test high score high
VoodooFeet- May 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm
Duane "Bhang" Ludwig. He just never corrected them.
CrackMasterVanSnap- May 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm
He's like the Wizard of Oz to those Team Alpha Midgets.
DARKHORSE06- May 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm
Duane, you lovably unmarketable fool you.
Fried Taco- May 9, 2013 at 11:07 am
I knew it! His nickname was always misspelled, it should be Duane "Bong" Ludwig!
J.Jones- May 9, 2013 at 10:47 am
Caption = WIN.