by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com The fight card for UFC 122 in Oberhausen, Germany, continues to come together. MMAWeekly.com has learned from sources close to the bout that verbal agreements are in place to pit Nick Osipczak against Duane “Bang” Ludwig in a welterweight bout at the Konig Pilsener Arena.
British fighter Osipczak (5-2) is likely on his last leg on the Octagon. After starting strong coming off “The Ultimate Fighter: Team U.S.A. vs. Team U.K.” with wins over Frank Lester and Matt Riddle, Osipczak has since dropped back-to-back decision losses to Rick Story and Greg Soto. He likely needs a win to remain on the roster.
Ludwig (19-11) is also on a two-fight skid, but under vastly different circumstances. He stepped up on short notice for a tough bout against lightweight contender Jim Miller less than a month after his last Ring of Fire appearance, and then faced Octagon newcomer Darren Elkins in March, losing the bout due to a severe injury.
Elkins shot a takedown on Ludwig, whose left leg was pinned awkwardly under his body. He suffered three breaks in his leg and ankle – including a spiral fracture – that required three screws inserted in his ankle.
After several months on crutches and having had at least one of the screws removed, he is currently training at Grudge Training Center in Denver.
A middleweight contenders showdown between Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami is expected to headline UFC 122 on Nov. 13.