Ludwig in 2011
|Born||Duane Paul Ludwig
August 4, 1978
Denver, Colorado, United States
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||70 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Denver, Colorado|
|Team||Ludwig Martial Arts,
Grudge Training Center,
Team Alpha Male
|Rank||Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Fabio PradoPurple Belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ludwig holds the official fastest knockout record in the UFC after his win against Jonathan Goulet (in 0:06) at UFC Fight Night 3. Ludwig was regarded as a top lightweight in the world during 2003 and 2004, for his victories over Jens Pulver at UCC 12 and Genki Sudo at UFC 42, up until a loss to B.J. Penn at K-1 MMA: Romanex.
Ludwig has also received acclaim for his role in the success of Team Alpha Male operating out of Sacramento, California, which is home to numerous highly ranked mixed martial artists who have competed in organizations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting. Before his move to Colorado, Ludwig previously served as the camp's head coach, where his impact was believed to have had the "missing link" in elevating the team as one of the gold standards for training camps in the world. Ludwig has been voted the Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Ludwig was considered the key element in helping Team Alpha Male win Gym of the Year in 2013 by the World MMA Awards.
- 1 Kickboxing career
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 BANG Muay Thai Martial Arts System
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 Professional kickboxing record
- 8 Amateur kickboxing record
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Duane started 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 IKF International Kickboxing Federation 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 a world title, defeating Thai superstar Malaipet 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
Duane started practicing Muay Thai when he was 15 years old. Ludwig was trained by Bas Rutten during his early career. Although not an official title match, Ludwig nonetheless beat Jens Pulver, who was at the time ranked as the #1 Lightweight mixed martial artist in the world by many outlets, by first round K.O. Regardless of Pulver's official ranking in the division at the time, he did, in fact, hold the Lineal Lightweight MMA Championship going into his match against Ludwig. Thus, upon his victory over Pulver, Ludwig etched his name in the record books as Lineal Lightweight Champion, thereby adding yet another championship to his resume. He would defend his title with a split-decision victory against Genki Sudo at UFC 42 prior to moving up to Welterweight to face reigning Lineal Welterweight Champion, BJ Penn at K-1 MMA: Romanex in Saitama, Japan. Although he would eventually vacate his belt by leaving the Lightweight division he became one of only two fighters in Mixed Martial Arts history to fight for both the Lightweight and Welterweight Lineal titles, the other being, coincidentally, BJ Penn. Despite coming up short against Penn for the Linear Welterweight Title, Ludwig remains the only fighter in MMA history to compete for a Lineal Title at Welterweight while still simultaneously holding the Lightweight title.
Unofficial fastest knockout in the UFC
At UFC Fight Night 3, Ludwig faced Jonathan Goulet. Ludwig won the fight via quick knockout, though many fans disagreed with the timekeeping of the finish, which was 11 seconds despite the referee pulling Ludwig away from Goulet at around the 6 second mark. Following multiple online campaigns to overturn the timekeeping error, on Christmas Eve 2011, UFC President Dana White informed Ludwig that he was being given the official fastest knockout time. Two days later, Keith Kizer and the Nevada State Athletic Commission denied that Ludwig would be given the record, with Kizer stating: "There's no legal avenue to overturn it" before going on to say "I timed it myself with a stopwatch. It was eight seconds. Officially, it's got to stay at 11 seconds, but unofficially, it could be at eight." Two days later, Dana White, along with his production crew posted a video to YouTube showing the times of UFC fights that hold the "Fastest Knockout" tag. Ludwig's knockout was timed at 6.06 seconds, compared to Chan Sung Jung's knockout at 6.26 seconds and Todd Duffee's knockout at 7.56 seconds. As of December 2011, the official Athletic Commission record of Ludwig's fight is 11 seconds but the UFC regards Ludwig's fight as the fastest knockout. Many people feel that if Keith Kizer is correct about there being "no legal avenue to overturn it" then perhaps therein exists a major flaw within the framework of the Nevada State Athletic Commission's systematic structure and instead of being so adamant about there being no way to right a wrong perpetrated by a Nevada State Athletic Commission employee, maybe he should devote some of that righteous energy toward creating an avenue by which mistakes can be corrected, thus helping the sport evolve in the most efficient manner possible while also doing justice to the fighters who deserve what they have rightfully earned. If the NSAC can retroactively overturn a fight that was officially recorded as a victory due to a fighter being found to be in violation of the substance abuse policy, for example, then why can there not exist some similar process by which other official outcomes can be changed, especially when a clear mistake has been made by a time keeper, or even by a judge or referee like Steve Mazagatti when he erroneously awarded Anthony Johnson a loss due to an eye-poke?
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.
Ludwig next faced Josh Neer on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller. Despite hurting Neer on several occasions via punches, Ludwig lost the fight via technical submission in the first round.
Ludwig faced Che Mills on September 29, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 5. The bout was stopped after Ludwig was unable to continue after tearing a knee ligament while attempting to defend a takedown in the opening round.
After his loss to Mills, Ludwig retired from MMA competition.
Ludwig and his wife have three children; one daughter Jade, a son named Duane Jr., on November 9, 2010, and a son named Carter Bas Ludwig born in 2013. Before becoming a professional fighter, Ludwig used to work as an electrician.
BANG Muay Thai Martial Arts System
Ludwig's BANG Muay Thai system (or BMT) is a rigorously developed muay thai system created by Ludwig himself. The philosophy of which draws upon experience accrued through Ludwig's 20-year career, as well as incorporating various principles Ludwig learned under long term tutelage of coaches such as Bas Rutten and Trevor Wittman. Ludwig has also added principles to the system taught to him by training with high level fighters, such as Ramon Dekkers. The system itself can be described as a striking style which includes elements of Muay Thai, Dutch kickboxing, American boxing and traditional martial arts. BMT has a promotion system similar to traditional martial arts, where students rank up in color as their skills progress. To date, nearly 40 schools teach the Bang Muay Thai system, under the affiliation program. Videos regarding the curriculum to be taught are sent to the instructors of affiliate schools daily. In October 2010 Duane opened his flagship Muay Thai/Mixed Martial Arts School, "BANG Muay Thai Inc." at 303 Training Center in Westminster, Colorado. In late 2014, Ludwig opened the physical location of the headquarters to his school, Ludwig Martial Arts, in Westminster, Colorado.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- TKO Major League MMA
- 2003 U.C.C. World Lightweight Champion
- Extreme Shoot Fighting
- 2000 Extreme Shoot Fighting Lightweight Champion
- Sherdog Awards
- World MMA Awards
- International Sport Karate Association
- I.S.K.A. 2004 Muay Thai Light Middleweight World Champion -72.5 kg
- International Kickboxing Federation
- International Muay Thai Council
- I.M.T.C. 2001 Muay Thai Super Middleweight North American Champion -76 kg
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|35 matches||21 wins||14 losses|
|Loss||21–14||Che Mills||TKO (knee injury)||UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic||September 29, 2012||1||2:28||Nottingham, England|
|Loss||21–13||Dan Hardy||KO (punch & elbows)||UFC 146||May 26, 2012||1||3:51||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||21–12||Josh Neer||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller||January 20, 2012||1||3:04||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|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||160 lb. Catchweight|
|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)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku First Battle||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 (knees)||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||Return to Lightweight.|
|Win||11–4||Jonathan Goulet||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night 3||January 16, 2006||1||0:06||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fastest knockout in UFC history.|
|Loss||10–4||Sammy Morgan||KO (punches)||Ring of Fire 16||April 9, 2005||1||0:52||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||10–3||B.J. Penn||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||K-1 MMA: Romanex||May 22, 2004||1||1:45||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Moves to Welterweight.|
|Win||10–2||Genki Sudo||Decision (split)||UFC 42||April 25, 2003||3||5:00||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–2||Jens Pulver||TKO (punch)||UCC 12: Adrenaline||January 25, 2003||1||1:03||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won UCC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||8–2||Thomas Denny||TKO (submission to 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 (punches)||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 Championship.|
|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 (unanimous)||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 (head kick)||KOTC 2: Desert Storm||February 5, 2000||1||4:15||San Jacinto, California, United States|
Professional kickboxing record
|Professional Kickboxing Record|
48 Wins (9 (T)KO's), 7 Losses, 1 Draw
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Amateur kickboxing record
|Amateur Kickboxing Record|
12 Wins (9 (T)KO's), 2 Losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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|ISKA World Muay Thai Light Middleweight champion
January 10, 2004 – Present