- Duane Ludwig
Duane Ludwig Born Duane Paul Ludwig
August 4, 1978
Denver, Colorado, United States
Other names Bang Nationality 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.
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.
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. 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. 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
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
Ludwig was scheduled to face Spencer Fisher on March 21, 2010 at UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones, but Fisher was forced off the card with an injury. Ludwig instead faced UFC newcomer Darren Elkins. Ludwig lost via TKO after he suffered a serious ankle injury during the first round.
Ludwig moved up to the Welterweight Division to face Nick Osipczak on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122. 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. The bout was Ludwig's first since an eight-month recovery from a severe leg injury. Ludwig won by split decision.
Ludwig vs. Sadollah eventually took place on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5. Ludwig won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).  Ludwig outstruck and rocked Sadollah in both the first and second rounds while also showing greatly improved takedown defense throughout the fight.
Duane and his wife have one daughter. The couple had their second child, a son named Duane Jr., on November 9, 2010. 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
Professional record breakdown 32 matches 21 wins 11 losses By knockout 10 5 By submission 6 5 By decision 5 1 Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Win 21-11 Amir Sadollah Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle August 14, 2011 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Win 20–11 Nick Osipczak Decision (split) UFC 122 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 March 21, 2010 1 0:44 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Loss 19–10 Jim Miller Submission (armbar) UFC 108 January 2, 2010 1 2:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Win 19–9 Ryan Roberts Submission (punches) ROF 36: Demolition December 4, 2009 1 2:05 Denver, Colorado, United States Loss 18–9 Lyle Beerbohm Submission (bulldog choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg June 19, 2009 1 4:27 Kent, Washington, United States Win 18–8 Yves Edwards Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Destruction November 21, 2008 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Win 17–8 Sammy Morgan TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Payback October 3, 2008 1 2:01 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Loss 16–8 Takanori Gomi TKO (doctor stoppage) Sengoku 1 March 5, 2008 1 2:28 Tokyo, Japan Win 16–7 Mario Stapel KO (punch) ROF 30: Domination September 15, 2007 1 1:50 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Loss 15–7 Paul Daley TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni 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 February 16, 2007 2 4:32 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Win 14–6 Tony Fryklund TKO (knee) Strikeforce: Triple Threat December 8, 2006 2 3:37 San Jose, California, United States Loss 13–6 Josh Thomson Submission (guillotine choke) Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello October 7, 2006 2 4:36 Fresno, California, United States Loss 13–5 Tyson Griffin TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Revenge June 9, 2006 1 3:57 San Jose, California, United States Win 13–4 Jason Palacios Submission (armbar) International Freestyle Fighting 1 May 6, 2006 1 4:56 Fort Worth, Texas, United States Win 12–4 Toshikatsu Harada KO (punches) ROF 21: Full Blast February 11, 2006 1 1:44 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States Win 11–4 Jonathan Goulet TKO (punch) UFC Fight Night 3 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 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 May 22, 2004 1 1:45 Saitama, Japan Welterweight Bout Win 10–2 Genki Sudo Decision (unanimous) UFC 42 April 25, 2003 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States Win 9–2 Jens Pulver KO (punch) UCC 12: Adrenaline January 25, 2003 1 1:13 Montreal, Quebec Won UCC Lightweight title. Win 8–2 Thomas Denny Submission (knees) Shogun 1 December 15, 2001 1 4:18 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Win 7–2 Ressen Messer TKO (punches) GC 5: Rumble in the Rockies August 19, 2001 N/A N/A Denver, Colorado, United States Win 6–2 Charles Bennett Submission (exhaustion) KOTC 10: Critical Mass August 4, 2001 2 2:38 San Jacinto, California, United States Win 5–2 Cesar Moreno KO GC 4: Collision at Colusa June 17, 2001 1 3:58 Colusa, California, United States Loss 4–2 Eric Payne Submission (rear-naked choke) ROF 2: Trial By Fire 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 November 29, 2000 3 5:00 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States Win 4–0 Shad Smith TKO (corner stoppage) KOTC 4: Gladiators June 24, 2000 1 3:08 San Jacinto, California, United States Win 3–0 Jason Maxwell Decision KOTC 3: Knockout Nightmare April 15, 2000 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States Win 2–0 Earl Littlepage Submission (verbal) Aspen Slammer February 25, 2000 N/A N/A Aspen, Colorado, United States Win 1–0 David Ibarra KO KOTC 2: Desert Storm February 5, 2000 1 4:15 San Jacinto, California, United States
Professional Kickboxing Record
Professional Kickboxing Record48 Wins (9 (T)KO's), 7 Losses, 1 Draw Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time 2006-08-12 Draw Fernando Calleros K-1 World GP 2006 Las Vegas II Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision Draw 3 3:00 2005-08-13 Loss Remy Bonnel K-1 World GP 2005 Las Vegas II Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 2005-07-20 Loss Ramon Dekkers K-1 World MAX 2005 Final, Super Fight Yokohama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 2004-11-06 Loss Fuji Chalmsak Titans 1st Kitakyushu, Japan KO 3 1:15 2004-10-13 Win William Diender K-1 World MAX 2004 Champions' Challenge Tokyo, Japan Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 4 3:00 2004-07-07 Win Serkan Yilmaz K-1 World MAX 2004 Final, Reserve Fight Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 2004-04-07 Loss John Wayne Parr K-1 World MAX 2004 Open Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 Fails to qualify for K-1 World MAX 2004 Final although he will be invited to take part in a reserve fight. 2004-01-10 Win Malapaiet Sitprapom Ring of Fire 11: Bring it On, Douglas County Event Center Castle Rock, CO Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 Wins vacant I.S.K.A. Muay Thai Light Middleweight world title -72.5 kg. 2003-11-18 Win Toshio Matsumoto K-1 World MAX 2003 Champions' Challenge Tokyo, Japan TKO (Corner Stoppage) 2 2:12 2003-07-05 Loss Albert Kraus K-1 World MAX 2003 Final, Semi Finals Saitama, Japan KO (Left Hook) 3 1:33 2003-07-05 Win Kozo Takeda K-1 World MAX 2003 Final, Quarter Finals Saitama, Japan KO (Left Hook) 2 0:46 2002-12-28 Win Jeremy Harminson Ring of Fire 6 Denver, Colorado, USA TKO (Ref Stop/Punches) 4 2002-05-11 Loss Masato K-1 World MAX 2002, Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 2002-03-15 Win Ole Laursen K-1 World MAX 2002 USA, Final Denver, Colorado, USA Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 4 3:00 Wins K-1 World MAX 2002 USA tournament -70 kg and qualifies for K-1 World MAX 2002 Final. 2002-03-15 Win Melvin Murray K-1 World MAX 2002 USA, Semi Finals Denver, Colorado, USA KO (Knee Strikes) 2 1:03 2001-10-12 Win George Humbert Warriors Cup 4 Culver City, California, USA Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 2001-05-05 Loss Alex Gong K-1 World GP 2001 Preliminary USA Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (Split) 5 3:00 Fight was for Gong's I.S.K.A. Muay Thai Light Middleweight world title -72.5 kg. 2001-03-17 Win Pedro Villalobos Marconi Show Tustin, California, USA Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 2001-02-25 Win Brian Popejoy Warriors Cup 2 Burbank, California, USA Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 Wins I.M.T.C. Muay Thai Super Middleweight North American title -76 kg. 2000-09-09 Win Doug Evans Warriors Cup Irvine, California, USA Wins W.K.A. Muay Thai Super Middleweight USA title -76 kg. 2000-05-13 Win Steven Berkolyko Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, Connecticut, USA TKO (Corner Stoppage) 3 3:00 2000-03-18 Win Terrace James Ring of Fire Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Amateur Kickboxing Record
Amateur Kickboxing Record12 Wins (9 (T)KO's), 2 Losses Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time 1999-10-16 Win Shale Lapage I.K.F. Iowa Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA TKO (Referee Stoppage) 3 1:41 1999-09-05 Win Rob Wiley I.K.F. USA National Amateur Championships, Final Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 Wins I.K.F. Muay Thai light middleweight U.S amateur tournament -72.5 kg. Ludwig only had one match as he had a walkthrough to the final. 1999-08-21 Win Terrace James I.K.F. "The Brawl in Bloomfield" Bloomfield, Connecticut, USA Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 Wins vacant I.K.F. Muay Thai super middleweight U.S amateur title -78 kg. 1999-06-05 Loss Tony Haddock I.K.F. Orlando "Rocks the House!!!" Orlando, Florida, USA TKO (Referee Stoppage) 2 0:51 Fight was for vacant I.K.F. international rules light middleweight U.S amateur title -72.5 kg. 1998-11-07 Win Grigoriy Flitsanov I.K.F. Iowa Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA Decision (Split) 3 3:00 1998-08-23 Loss Trevor Desjarlais I.K.F. Canada Calgary, Canada Decision 3 3:00
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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