Joseph Benavidez Leaves Team Alpha Male
Long time Team Alpha Male member Joseph Benavidez will follow former teammate TJ Dillashaw’s path and join the Elevation Fight Team in Colorado with his former coach Duane Ludwig. This was confirmed by Team Alpha Male head coach Justin Buchholz and Buchholz also mentioned that Benavidez has not trained there since last December. These are Buchholz’s words from Stud Show Radio on the matter:
“He did leave the team, I mean, you train here in Sacramento, you’re part of Team Alpha Male, or you don’t live here.”
“He hasn’t trained at all since I took over as head coach. I mean, I don’t know. I thought Joe would at least give a chance of me, and Danny, and Holdsworth running this new program along with Master Thong and Joey. But he never did. He came in town for one week, he moved his house, did, like, one boxing class.”
“I’m not upset at him for leaving because he didn’t leave under me as head coach. He left when the team was hurting — we didn’t have a coach, we didn’t have much direction. So it is what it was.”
Benavidez is a perennial contender in the flyweight division and is on a 5-fight winning streak. He has lost to Demetrious Johnson twice in title fights and hopes to get a 3rd shot soon. We will find out in Benavidez’s next fight if the change of fight camps pays off.