A UFC lightweight bout between Duane “Bang” Ludwig and “Ultimate Fighter Season 7” winner Amir Sadollah is signed for March 26 for UFC Fight Night 24.
Ludwig’s manager, Sven Bean, informed MMAWeekly.com of the bout on Thursday, saying that he couldn’t yet confirm a location or venue for the as yet unannounced event. MMAJunkie.com first reported the possibility of the bout.
MMAWeekly.com sources that confirmed other rumored bouts for March 26 indicated that it will be UFC Fight Night 24, and is expected to take place in Seattle. Tito Ortiz, who is on the card, also confirmed the event and its location in a recent video post.
Ludwig (20-11) has five times the experience of Sadollah. He’s been fighting in kickboxing since he was a teenager, and began his professional mixed martial arts career at King of the Cage 2 in February of 2000.
Ludwig was out of commission for several months following a severely broken ankle and spiral fracture in his lower left leg in March, losing to Darren Elkins due to the injury. He defeated Nick Osipczak in a hard fought split decision victory eight months later in Germany, his baby boy born while he was overseas.
His ankle “did fine” in the fight with Osipczak, but Ludwig says it’s still not 100-percent healthy.
“There are still two screws in there that need to be removed, but I’ll have that done after my fight (with Sadollah).”
While Ludwig has fought in various promotions all over the world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is the only home that Sadollah (4-2) has ever known. He emerged from the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter,” defeating C.B. Dollaway in the finale.
Sadollah’s last victory was on the same UFC 122 fight card where Ludwig returned victorious from his injury. Sadollah scored a unanimous decision over Peter Sobotta, rebounding from a loss to Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 114.
Ludwig is only 32 years old, but he’s been fighting for so long – and this isn’t his first tour of duty in the UFC – he knows it’s time to make a run.
“Do I feel this is my shot to make a big UFC run? Yes,” he told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday night. “Looking back, I wish I would have signed with UFC instead of K-1 in 2003. My overall MMA game would be a lot better. But, I’ve learned a lot and I’m making the correct decisions about training now and I’m doing everything to stay with the UFC.
“My ultimate goal is to be happy and, for right now, that’s living the life of a professional athlete working for the UFC.”
Tito Ortiz and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will square off in the UFC Fight Night 24 main event.