Duane Ludwig

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Duane Ludwig
Duane Ludwig 2011.jpg
Ludwig in 2011
BornDuane Paul Ludwig
(1978-08-04) August 4, 1978 (age 40)
Denver, Colorado, United States
Other namesBang
The Snake Charmer
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Reach71 in (180 cm)
Fighting out ofDenver, Colorado, United States
TeamLudwig Martial Arts,
Grudge Training Center,
Team Alpha Male
RankPurple Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Amal Easton and Elliot Marshal
Black belt in Bas Rutten Systems under Bas Rutten
Years active2000–2012
Kickboxing record
By knockout5
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By submission6
By decision5
By knockout7
By submission6
By decision1
Amateur record
By knockout9
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 6, 2010

Duane Paul Ludwig (born August 4, 1978) is an American mixed martial arts coach, retired professional kickboxer and mixed martial artist.

Ludwig holds the unofficial 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Kickboxing career[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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[edit]

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.


At UFC 42, Duane Ludwig fought Genki Sudo. Sudo showed his theatrical side, walking backwards towards Ludwig and doing the robot dance before taking him down. Despite the initial domination by Sudo, Ludwig started inflicting damage while standing, avoiding a rolling kneebar and several takedown attempts. Whilst it seemed the momentum had shifted in Ludwig's favor, Sudo came back in the third round and took him down, pounding and bloodying him with punches and elbows. Whilst Ludwig was taking a beating, referee John McCarthy interrupted and stood the two fighters up to check on Ludwig's nose. When the doctor allowed the fight to resume they did not restart from the same previous dominant position held by Sudo. Ludwig took advantage of the indirect rest given to him and avoided, with the aid of the referee's decision, the unfavorable position that he was in. He dominated the end of the fight landing hurtful shots on Sudo to win a split decision. Ludwig mocked Sudo after the final bell with a crane kick pose.

Unofficial fastest knockout in the UFC[edit]

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,[7] on Christmas Eve 2011, UFC President Dana White informed Ludwig that he was being given the official fastest knockout time.[7] 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."[7] 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.[8] As of December 2011, the official Athletic Commission record of Ludwig's fight is 11 seconds[9] but the UFC regards Ludwig's fight as the fastest knockout.

Return To UFC[edit]

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 Miller via armbar in the first round.

Ludwig was scheduled to face Spencer Fisher on March 21, 2010, at UFC LIVE: Vera vs. Jones,[10] but Fisher was forced off the card with an injury. Ludwig instead faced UFC newcomer Darren Elkins.[11] Ludwig lost via TKO after he suffered a serious ankle injury during the first round.[12][13]

Ludwig moved up to the Welterweight Division to face Nick Osipczak on November 13, 2010, at UFC 122.[14] 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.[15] The bout was Ludwig's first since an eight-month recovery from a severe leg injury.[16] 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.[17][18]

Ludwig vs. Sadollah eventually took place on August 14, 2011, at UFC on Versus 5.[19] Ludwig won the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).[20] 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.[21] Despite hurting Neer on several occasions via punches, Ludwig lost the fight via technical submission in the first round.

Ludwig fought Dan Hardy on May 26, 2012, at UFC 146.[22] Ludwig suffered a knockout loss to Hardy when he was hit by a flush left hook and followed up elbows.

Ludwig faced Che Mills on September 29, 2012, at UFC on Fuel TV 5.[23] 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.[24]

After his loss to Mills, Ludwig retired from MMA competition.[25]

From December 2012 to May 2014, Ludwig was the head coach at Team Alpha Male.[26] Ludwig left Team Alpha Male after UFC 173 to focus on growing his own gym, BANG Muay Thai.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Ludwig and his wife Jessica have three children; one daughter Jade,[28] a son named Duane Jr., on November 10, 2010,[29] and a son named Carter Bas Ludwig born in 2013. Before becoming a professional fighter, Ludwig used to work as an electrician.[30]

BANG Muay Thai Martial Arts System[edit]

Ludwig's BANG Muay Thai system (or BMT) is a muay thai system created by Ludwig. The philosophy draws upon experience from Ludwig's career and coaches such as Bas Rutten and Trevor Wittman. The system is a striking style which includes Muay Thai, Dutch kickboxing, American boxing and traditional martial arts. BMT has a color-based promotion system similar to traditional martial arts. Approximately 40 schools teach BMT.[citation needed] Curriculum for the system is distributed via daily videos. In October 2010, Ludwig opened his own Mixed Martial Arts Academy known as "Ludwig Martial Arts" where he trains fighters such as current UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw and top UFC Flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez as well as Matt Brown(fighter) and several others.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]


Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 and 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 Welterweight bout
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
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[edit]

Professional Kickboxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Amateur kickboxing record[edit]

Amateur Kickboxing Record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


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Preceded by
Alex Gong
ISKA World Muay Thai Light Middleweight champion
January 10, 2004 – Present
Succeeded by