Steve Berger throws a jab at Piotr Jakaczynski during the tapings for BodogFight: Costa Rica Combat. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.
TACOMA - In a classic clash of styles, World Muay Thai Champion, Duane “Bang” Ludwig (16-7), will be challenged by the ground fighting expertise of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace, Steve “The Red Nosed Pit Bull” Berger (20-17-2), in a 170 lb. limit matchup during “Strikeforce At The Dome” at Tacoma, Washington’s Tacoma Dome on Saturday, February 23rd.
A true fan favorite, the 29-year-old Ludwig was explosive in his last appearance, a September 15th matchup with another Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stud, Mario Stapel, in Broomfield, Colorado. At the 1:50 mark of the fight’s opening round, Bang put Stapel on his back with a short left hook-straight right hand combination
Ludwig’s February 23rd start will be his fifth under the Strikeforce umbrella. In his fourth effort with the mega-promotion, the Denver, Colorado native was stopped by an explosive Paul “Semtex” Daly.
Six months prior to the bout with Daley, though, it was Ludwig dishing out the beating, a relentless offensive on Tony “The Freak” Fryklund, during Strikeforce’s “Triple Threat” event. Fryklund was dropped three times before being finished with a right hand that put him on the mat and prompted the referee to stop the bout in the second stanza.
Ludwig shattered the all-time record for the quickest finish mixed martial arts history when he delivered a crushing right hand that finished Jonathan Goulet only 11 seconds into their Spike TV live, televised matchup on January 16, 2006.
During his professional fighting career that dates back to 1998, Berger has been tested by a host of the sport’s top talent and has stopped the likes of The Ultimate Fighter reality show veterans, “Mr. International” Shonie Carter and Pete “The Secret Weapon” Spratt.
Recently, Berger has been busy competing on the bodogFIGHT circuit. Of the three starts he has made with the promotion, his best showing came against Sweden’s Piotr Jakaczynski in Costa Rica on February 16, 2007.
Berger broke the Swede’s nose early in the matchup, but Jakaczynski refused to quit. Both fighters threw a steady dose of bombs at one another, but it was Berger who emerged victorious on the judges’ scorecards after three bloody rounds.