Duane Ludwig

Duane Ludwig
Duane Ludwig
Born Duane Paul Ludwig
August 4, 1978 (1978-08-04) (age 33)
Denver, Colorado, United States
Other names Bang
Nationality United States American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Lightweight,
Reach 70 in (180 cm)
Style Muay Thai
Fighting out of Denver, Colorado
Team Grudge Training Center
Years active 2000–present
Kickboxing record
Total 51
Wins 43
By knockout 9
Losses 7
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 32
Wins 21
By knockout 11
By submission 6
By decision 4
Losses 11
By knockout 5
By submission 5
By decision 1
Amateur career
Total 14
Wins 12
By knockout 9
Losses 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 6, 2010

Duane Paul Ludwig (born August 4, 1978) is an American Muay Thai kickboxer and mixed martial artist. He is the former Middleweight Muay Thai world champion, and currently fights for the Ultimate Fighting Championships in their welterweight and lightweight divisions. He holds a notable knockout win over former UFC lightweight champion, Jens Pulver, as well as MMA victories over Yves Edwards, Genki Sudo, Amir Sadollah and Jonathan Goulet.


Kickboxing career

Duane starting practicing Muay Thai when he was 15 years old. He would have a successful amateur career winning twelve of his fourteen bouts and picking up three I.K.F. Muay Thai national and regional titles. He turned professional in 2000 when he defeated Terrance Jones at a Ring of Fire event, in what was a rematch from their amateur days. At the end of the year Duane won his first pro title by winning the W.K.A. US national title, which he followed with the I.M.T.C. title the next year. He had his first real challenge in 2001 when he faced world champion Alex Gong for his I.S.K.A. belt at a K-1 event in Las Vegas. The title went the distance with the young Ludwig being handing his first professional defeat. There was some controversy about the decision as some thought that despite a shaky start Ludwig had shaded it.[1]

In 2002 Duane dropped down in weight to 70 kg to take part in a qualifying tournament for the first ever K-1 MAX world final. He won the four man tournament, defeating no. 1 ranked I.K.F. fighter Ole Laursen in the final to book his place to Tokyo.[2] At the finals Ludwig was drawn against home favourite Masato, and despite his best efforts was unable to make the semi finals, being outclassed by the local fighter over three rounds to lose by unanimous decision. He would get another shot at K-1 MAX glory the following year in Saitama, Japan and went one better, reaching the semi finals where he lost to 2002 K-1 MAX champion Albert Kraus. In 2004 he won his last Muay Thai title where he finally got his hands on the a world title, defeating Thai Mongkhon Wiwasuk by decision after five rounds to win the I.S.K.A. world title, something Ludwig considers one of his proudest ever moments.[3] The title fight was also notable as the belt had previously been held by Alex Gong - a rematch between him and Ludwig had been on the card since their bout in 2001 but Gong died in 2003. After this victory Duane would become increasingly involved in MMA at the expense of his kickboxing career, although he would have a number of K-1 fights up until 2006, finishing with a 4-7-1 record with the organization.

Mixed martial arts career

Duane started practicing Muay Thai when he was 15 years old. Ludwig was trained by Bas Rutten during his early career.

Ludwig holds the unofficial UFC knockout record at four seconds, over Jonathan Goulet, though a timing error by a Nevada State Athletic Commission official leaves the official record at 11 seconds by Todd Duffee.

Return To UFC

On December 17, it was announced that Ludwig was set to return to the UFC at UFC 108, facing Jim Miller, replacing an injured Sean Sherk. He lost to Jim Miller via armbar in the first round.

Ludwig was scheduled to face Spencer Fisher on March 21, 2010 at UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones,[4] but Fisher was forced off the card with an injury. Ludwig instead faced UFC newcomer Darren Elkins.[5] Ludwig lost via TKO after he suffered a serious ankle injury during the first round.[6][7]

Ludwig moved up to the Welterweight Division to face Nick Osipczak on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122.[8] The fight was supposed to be on the preliminary part of the event, but a last minute illness to main card fighter Alessio Sakara moved the bout to the main card. Ludwig scored with strikes, including multiple grazing headkicks in the first round until Osipczak landed a combination, buckling the veteran. The round ended with Osipczak landing ground and pound from the top, bloodying Ludwig. The second round was pretty even with mixed striking exchanges and takedown attempts. The third round saw Ludwig land a big left early on and basically stalk Osipczak the rest of the round, scoring but failing to finish as Osipczak was seemingly out on his feet, walking away from exchanges and covering up.[9] The bout was Ludwig's first since an eight-month recovery from a severe leg injury.[10] Ludwig won by split decision.

Ludwig was expected to face Amir Sadollah on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24, but was unable to fight due to a sternum injury. James Wilks took his place in the match instead.[11][12]

Ludwig vs. Sadollah eventually took place on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[13] Ludwig won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). [14] Ludwig outstruck and rocked Sadollah in both the first and second rounds while also showing greatly improved takedown defense throughout the fight.

Ludwig is expected to face Josh Neer on January 20, 2012 at UFC Fight Night 26.[15]

Personal life

Duane and his wife have one daughter.[16] The couple had their second child, a son named Duane Jr., on November 9, 2010.[17] In October 2010 Duane opened his flagship Muay Thai/Mixed Martial Arts School, "BANG Muay Thai Inc." at 303 Training Center in Westminster, CO

Championships and accomplishments

Professional American and Thai Kickboxing

  • 2004 I.S.K.A. Muay Thai Light Middleweight world champion -72.5 kg
  • 2002 K-1 World MAX USA champion -70 kg
  • 2001 I.M.T.C. Muay Thai Super Middleweight North American champion -76 kg
  • 2000 W.K.A. Muay Thai Super Middleweight USA title -76 kg

Amateur American and Thai Kickboxing

  • 1999 I.K.F. Fighter of the Year
  • 1999 I.K.F. Muay Thai light middleweight U.S amateur tournament champion -72.5 kg
  • 1999 I.K.F. Muay Thai super middleweight U.S amateur champion -78 kg
  • 1999 I.K.F. Regional Middleweight Muay Thai Champion


  • 2003 U.C.C. World Lightweight champion -70 kg
  • 2000 Extreme Shoot Fighting Lightweight Champion -70 kg

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21-11 Amir Sadollah Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle 02011-08-14 August 14, 2011 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 20–11 Nick Osipczak Decision (split) UFC 122 02010-11-13 November 13, 2010 3 5:00 Oberhausen, Germany Return to Welterweight division
Loss 19–11 Darren Elkins TKO (ankle injury) UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones 02010-03-21 March 21, 2010 1 0:44 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 19–10 Jim Miller Submission (armbar) UFC 108 02010-01-02 January 2, 2010 1 2:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–9 Ryan Roberts Submission (punches) ROF 36: Demolition 02009-12-04 December 4, 2009 1 2:05 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 18–9 Lyle Beerbohm Submission (bulldog choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg 02009-06-19 June 19, 2009 1 4:27 Kent, Washington, United States
Win 18–8 Yves Edwards Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Destruction 02008-11-21 November 21, 2008 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 17–8 Sammy Morgan TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Payback 02008-10-03 October 3, 2008 1 2:01 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 16–8 Takanori Gomi TKO (doctor stoppage) Sengoku 1 02008-03-05 March 5, 2008 1 2:28 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–7 Mario Stapel KO (punch) ROF 30: Domination 02007-09-15 September 15, 2007 1 1:50 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Loss 15–7 Paul Daley TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni 02007-06-22 June 22, 2007 2 0:42 San Jose, California, United States Welterweight Bout
Win 15–6 Shinya Kumazawa Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) ROF 28: Evolution 02007-02-16 February 16, 2007 2 4:32 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 14–6 Tony Fryklund TKO (knee) Strikeforce: Triple Threat 02006-12-08 December 8, 2006 2 3:37 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 13–6 Josh Thomson Submission (guillotine choke) Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello 02006-10-07 October 7, 2006 2 4:36 Fresno, California, United States
Loss 13–5 Tyson Griffin TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Revenge 02006-06-09 June 9, 2006 1 3:57 San Jose, California, United States
Win 13–4 Jason Palacios Submission (armbar) International Freestyle Fighting 1 02006-05-06 May 6, 2006 1 4:56 Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Win 12–4 Toshikatsu Harada KO (punches) ROF 21: Full Blast 02006-02-11 February 11, 2006 1 1:44 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
Win 11–4 Jonathan Goulet TKO (punch) UFC Fight Night 3 02006-01-16 January 16, 2006 1 0:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Unofficial fastest knockout in UFC history (4 seconds). Welterweight Bout
Loss 10–4 Sammy Morgan KO (punches) Ring of Fire 16 02005-04-09 April 9, 2005 1 0:52 Denver, Colorado, United States Welterweight Bout
Loss 10–3 B.J. Penn Submission (arm-triangle choke) K-1 MMA: Romanex 02004-05-22 May 22, 2004 1 1:45 Saitama, Japan Welterweight Bout
Win 10–2 Genki Sudo Decision (unanimous) UFC 42 02003-04-25 April 25, 2003 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 9–2 Jens Pulver KO (punch) UCC 12: Adrenaline 02003-01-25 January 25, 2003 1 1:13 Montreal, Quebec Won UCC Lightweight title.
Win 8–2 Thomas Denny Submission (knees) Shogun 1 02001-12-15 December 15, 2001 1 4:18 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 7–2 Ressen Messer TKO (punches) GC 5: Rumble in the Rockies 02001-08-19 August 19, 2001 N/A N/A Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 6–2 Charles Bennett Submission (exhaustion) KOTC 10: Critical Mass 02001-08-04 August 4, 2001 2 2:38 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 5–2 Cesar Moreno KO GC 4: Collision at Colusa 02001-06-17 June 17, 2001 1 3:58 Colusa, California, United States
Loss 4–2 Eric Payne Submission (rear-naked choke) ROF 2: Trial By Fire 02001-02-10 February 10, 2001 1 0:35 Denver, Colorado, United States For ROF Lightweight title.
Loss 4–1 Kelly Dullanty Decision (unanimous) KOTC 6: Road Warriors 02000-11-29 November 29, 2000 3 5:00 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Win 4–0 Shad Smith TKO (corner stoppage) KOTC 4: Gladiators 02000-06-24 June 24, 2000 1 3:08 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 3–0 Jason Maxwell Decision KOTC 3: Knockout Nightmare 02000-04-15 April 15, 2000 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 2–0 Earl Littlepage Submission (verbal) Aspen Slammer 02000-02-25 February 25, 2000 N/A N/A Aspen, Colorado, United States
Win 1–0 David Ibarra KO KOTC 2: Desert Storm 02000-02-05 February 5, 2000 1 4:15 San Jacinto, California, United States

Professional Kickboxing Record

Professional Kickboxing Record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Amateur Kickboxing Record

Amateur Kickboxing Record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes


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