by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
A bout pitting UFC veteran Duane “Bang” Ludwig against undefeated upstart Lyle Beerbohm, as part of the Sho MMA: Strikeforce Challenger event on June 19, is nearing finalization.
Ludwig’s manager, Sven Bean, says that, while they have agreed to the bout in principle, they are currently negotiating the final details of his fighter’s contract before fully committing to the fight.
“As long as we get the contract worked out, that should be the fight (with Beerbohm),” Bean told MMAWeekly.com on Friday.
“It’s a lot more complicated process now to negotiate the terms of a contract than it used to be,” he added, referring to the evolving landscape of mixed martial arts, including the addition of television entities and the like.
“We hope to have Duane’s contract extension (with Strikeforce) completed and signed any day now,” stated Bean.
If Ludwig’s contract is finalized, as expected, the bout between he and Beerbohm is likely to be added to the June 19 Sho MMA event to be televised on Showtime. It will be the second edition of the new series created when Strikeforce signed on with Showtime to fill the gap left by the now defunct EliteXC promotion.
Following a disappointing loss to Takanori Gomi early in 2008, Ludwig has since righted the ship with back-to-back victories over Sam Morgan for Ring of Fire and Yves Edwards for Strikeforce.
Beerbohm maintains a 9-0 professional record in MMA, including a victory over UFC veteran Gerald Strebendt.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: MMAWeekly.com initially reported that the bout between Ludwig and Beerbohm was likely to headline the June 19 fight card. We have since learned that to be incorrect.)