It was an emotional return for Duane “Bang” Ludwig who came back after an 8 month layoff due to injury to get a split decision win over Nick Osipczak at UFC 122 on Saturday.
Ludwig, who suffered a severely broken ankle in his last fight, came out firing like he hadn’t been away at all, tagging Osipczak with some big shots in the opening moments of the fight.
The aggressiveness that Ludwig displayed almost cost him the fight though as Osipczak was able to land a big punch of his own that dropped the Denver based fighter, which put him on the canvas with the Brit in full mount. Ludwig survived but not without a nasty cut over his eye.
As the fight drew on it was obvious that Ludwig was all about the stand-up, while Osipczak quickly started to try to drag the fight to the canvas. The two had a very close second round, but Ludwig had no ideas of making the third round nearly as close.
Punishing Osipczak in the body and then to the head, Ludwig just dominated the Brit in the final five minutes of the fight, doing everything except finishing the fight. When the judges scores were read, Ludwig to the better end of a split decision, putting him back in the win column in the UFC.
“I lost the first one for sure, the second one could be a draw, the third one I won just because of the pressure,” Ludwig said. “Nick’s good.”
Following surgery and a long comeback trail, Ludwig had to be one of the happiest people in Germany on Saturday night, getting a win and doing it on the main televised card.
“I’ve been out for a while, I just wanted to give some pain back to somebody,” Ludwig stated. “I definitely deserved this win.