Duane Ludwig

Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig Set for UFC 146 in Las Vegas

Dan Hardy. From uncagedphotographer on Flickr.

A matchup against willing strikers Dan Hardy and Duane "Bang" Ludwig has been signed for UFC 146, which is slated to take place on May 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC officials announced the bout earlier today. The matchup will likely be part of the event's televised pay-per-view main card. It is expected to be headlined by Junior dos Santos' first heavyweight title defense against Alistair Overeem.

Hardy will look to snap a four-fight losing streak, which features a failed title bid against Georges St. Pierre as well as defeats at the hands of Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle in his most recent fight. Ludwig had a two-fight win streak ended against Josh Neer, who put Ludwig to sleep with a guillotine choke at UFC on FX 1 last month.

Barry-Morecraft, Neer-Ludwig Added to UFC Debut on FX

Duane Ludwig. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A heavyweight bout between Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft as well as a welterweight meeting between Josh Neer and Duane Ludwig have been inked for the UFC's first-ever event on FX.

The show, which will likely be titled as UFC Fight Night 26, will take place in January, however a date, venue and location have yet to be announced by the UFC, which announced the event on Tuesday.

Barry and Morecraft will enter the fight under must-win stipulations as each could be in danger of being released from the promotion. Barry has lost two straight fights to Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve respectively while Morecraft has dropped two of his last three, most recently falling to Matt Mitrione in June.

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Ortiz-Nogueira Official for UFC Seattle Debut

Tito Ortiz. Photo courtesy of Punishment Athletics.

A key matchup between former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz and ranked contender Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been officially announced as the headliner for UFC Fight Night 24, which will serve as the UFC’s first trip to Seattle, WA on March 26.

Ortiz will need a win in order to keep his UFC career alive. Once a longtime holder of the promotion’s 205 lb. title, Ortiz has dropped four out of his last five bouts and hasn’t won a fight since defeating Ken Shamrock twice in a row back in 2006.

Nogueira had a seven-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Ryan Bader at UFC 119 in September. Prior to that, “Little Nog” racked up victories over the likes of Jason Brilz, Luiz Cane and Vladimir Matyushenko.

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UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva Weigh-In Results

Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva stand face-to-face at the UFC 108 weigh-ins. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The weigh-ins for UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva took place Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aside from Paul Daley, all the participants for Saturday’s card successfully made weight.

Daley tipped the scales at 172 pounds and the Nevada State Athletic Commission deemed it unsafe for Daley to continue his attempt to reach the 170 pound limit. Hazelett has agreed to a catchweight bout of 172 pounds and Daley will forfeit 10% of his purse.

UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter 10 coach “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva. The card will also feature a welterweight bout between contenders Paul “Semtex” Daley and Dustin “McLovin” Hazelett.

Pay Per View Bouts:
Thiago Silva (205 lbs) vs. Rashad Evans (205 lbs)
Paul Daley (172 lbs lbs*) vs. Dustin Hazelett (168 lbs)
Sam Stout (155 lbs) vs. Joe Lauzon (155 lbs)
Jim Miller (155 lbs) vs. Duane Ludwig (156 lbs)
Gilbert Yvel (239 lbs) vs. Junior Dos Santos (237 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts on Spike:
Jacob Volkmann (171 lbs) vs. Martin Kampmann (171 lbs)
Dan Lauzon (155 lbs) vs. Cole Miller (155 lbs)

Ryan Jensen (186 lbs) vs. Mark Munoz (185 lbs)
Jake Ellenberger (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (171 lbs)
Rafaello Oliveira (156 lbs) vs. John Gunderson (155 lbs)

Fight of the Day: Edwards vs. Ludwig

From Strikeforce’s “Destruction” event in November 2008, here’s longtime UFC fighter Yves Edwards taking on fellow seasoned veteran Duane Ludwig in a lightweight matchup.

Villasenor Edges Santos at “Challengers”

“Smokin” Joe Villasenor raises his arms in triumph over Evangelista Cyborg Friday night in the main event on the second Strikeforce Challengers series on Showtime. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

KENT, Wash. – “Smokin” Joe Villasenor showed no signs of rust after a year away from the cage as he recorded a close split decision over Evangelista “Cyborg” in the main event of the sophomore edition of Strikeforce Challengers Friday night on Showtime before an enthusiastic crowd at the ShoWare Center.
In a gritty and tactical battle all the way to the end, Villasenor proved victorious winning on two of the three judges scorecards, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28. “I haven’t fought in over a year and that’s a great fight to come back to,” Villasenor said afterwards. “A three-round war. I was really surprised by (Cyborg’s) countering. It turned into a great fight.”

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Strikeforce Destruction Weigh Ins

San Jose, CA. —Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith (13-5) weighed in at 185 ½ lbs. and his opponent, Terry Martin (18-5), tipped the scales at 186 lbs. one day before their meeting at Strikeforce “Destruction,” the mixed martial arts mega-event at San Jose’s HP Pavilion.

Strikeforce World Light Heavyweight (205 lb. limit) Champion Bobby Southworth (9-5) and his opponent, Renato “Babalu” Sobral (30-7), both registered in at 204 lbs.  Knockout artists and opponents Duane “Bang” Ludwig (17-8) and Yves Edwards (34-14-1) weighed in at 163 lbs. and 164 lbs, respectively.

The following are the official fighter weights from today’s weigh-ins at Hotel DeAnza:

Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith – 185.5 lbs. vs Terry Martin – 186 lbs.
Bobby Southworth – 204 lbs. vs Renato “Babalu” Sobral – 204 lbs.
Duane “Bang” Ludwig – 163 lbs. vs Yves Edwards – 164 lbs.
Kim “Sugar Free” Couture – 132 lbs. vs Lina Kvokov – 133 lbs.
Joe “Diesel” Riggs – 170.5 lbs. vs Luke Stewart – 170.5 lbs.
Brad Royster – 134 lbs. vs Darren “Bone Crusher” Uyenoyama – 136 lbs.
Nik Theotikos – 185.5 lbs. vs Luke Rockhold – 185.5 lbs.
Zakary Bucia – 169 lbs. vs Adam Steele – 168 lbs.
Alvin Cacdac – 143 lbs. vs Jose Palacios – 145 lbs.
Lemont Davis – 173 lbs. vs Brian Schwartz – 175 lbs.
Josh Neal – 184 lbs. vs Kurt “Rhino” Osiander – 185 lbs.
Bobby Stack – 155 lbs. vs Cyrillo Padilha – 156 lbs.
Tony Johnson – 184 lbs. vs Eric Lawson – 185 lbs.

HP Pavilion doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for Strikeforce “Destruction” and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.  The main card will commence at 7:30 p.m.

The live HDNet telecast of Strikeforce “Destruction” will begin at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST).

Ludwig to Replace Thomson at Strikeforce

Duane Ludwig. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defense against Yves Edwards at Strikeforce’s upcoming “Destruction” event on November 21 due to injury reports Sports Illustrated’s Josh Gross.

Thomson suffered torn ligaments in his toe during his training for the bout and hoped that the injury would have healed in time for the fight. Duane “Bang” Ludwig has agreed to replace him on short notice. However the bout will now be a non-title fight affair and probably won’t take place at 155 lbs according to Ludwig.

“Coker called me about 10 minutes ago and asked if I wanted to take the fight and I said, ‘Sure.’ We’ve got to determine a weight to fight at because there’s no way I can make 155 (pounds) on such short notice, but I’m excited to get another fight in before the end of the year.”

No word as of yet concerning how long Thomson will be out of action. Despite each competing in a variety of bouts around the world at lightweight, this will be the first-ever meeting between Ludwig and Edwards. Ludwig recently avenged a prior loss to Sam Morgan by stopping the ‘TUF’ veteran with strikes at Strikeforce’s “Payback” event on October 3 while Edwards is coming off of a brutal first-round TKO loss to K.J. Noons at a June EliteXC event.

Fight Announcements: Baroni, Lil’ Nog & More

Phil Baroni. Photo by Greg Honda/ICON Sport.

There were a few future bouts revealed over the weekend involving some pretty interesting participants. Let’s get right to them…

— Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has revealed that he is attempting to match Phil Baroni and Duane Ludwig together for a welterweight showdown that would take place at a yet-to-be-announced event early next year in either Denver or Seattle. Baroni remains undefeated since moving to 170 lbs., winning a decision over Olaf Alfonso in his last bout. Ludwig has struggled as of late, splitting his last four bouts, albeit against much better competition. (Paul Daley, Takanori Gomi)

— Manny Gamburyan has told MMA Weekly that he has agreed to take on fellow lightweight Thiago Tavares at UFC 94 on January 31 in Las Vegas. Bout agreements have not yet been sent out, but paperwork is expected to be taken care of over the next few days. “He’s a phenomenal fighter,” Gamburyan said when asked about Tavares. “I’m really happy I’m fighting him. With a good victory, that’s going to put me on top for sure.”

— World Victory Road has officially announced that former PRIDE standout Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has signed with the organization and will go up against Moise Rimbon at Sengoku VI on November 1 in Japan. Nogueira last fought in Affliction’s debut show on July 19, stopping Edwin Dewees in the first round. Rimbon, a Europe Top Team product, submitted K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham with a rear naked choke at Sengoku IV in August.

Ludwig Stops Morgan, Trigg Defeats Vitale at Strikeforce

BROOMFIELD, CO — Knockout artist Duane “Bang” Ludwig (17-8) capped off an electrifying night of Strikeforce mixed martial arts (MMA) action, scoring a first round TKO on Sam “The Squeeze” Morgan (19-12), in their highly-anticipated rematch at Broomfield, Colorado’s Broomfield Event Center on Friday, October 3rd.  Superstar Frank “Twinkle Toes” Trigg (18-6) controlled the action against Falaniko “Niko” Vitale (26-9) for three consecutive rounds to notch a unanimous judges’ decision victory.

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