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Dana White’s UFC 141 Video Blog #2: The One Where They Point Out That Scorekeepers Are Often Asleep at the Wheel

(Why does Keith have to be such a mean old Grinch? Pic props Getty Images)

Dana White put out a short and sweet edition of his UFC 141 video blogs today so he could explain the UFC’s decision to award Duane Ludwig with the fastest KO in UFC history.

Previously, Todd Duffee held the distinction for his :07 routing of Tim Hague at UFC 102 back in 2009 and it was believed that Chan-Sung Jung mirrored The Duffman’s time earlier this month when he knocked out Mark Hominick at UFC 140.

On closer inspection it seems that neither fighter really holds the record as it really belongs to Ludwig, whose 2006 knockout over Jonathan Goulet at UFN 3 was previously in the books at :11.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/UFC)

As White points out, from the time Mario Yamasaki claps his hands to start the bout to when he touches “Bang” to indicate the fight is over is 6.06 seconds. Duffee’s actual finishing time was 7.56 seconds and “The Korean Zombie’s” was 6.26 seconds.

Translation: The top three fastest KOs in UFC history were Ludwig over Goulet (6.06 seconds), Jung over Hominick (6.26 seconds) and Duffee over Hague (7.56 seconds).

Unfortunately, the Nevada State Athletic Commission doesn’t believe that its employee made a mistake and as such it is refusing to accept the record change, even if the UFC has.

“The ruling is that it stays at 11. There’s no legal avenue to overturn it. I timed it myself with a stopwatch. It was eight seconds. Officially, it’s got to stay at 11 seconds, but unofficially, it could be at eight,” NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer told MMAjunkie on Monday. “If you use a stopwatch, from the time the fight starts to the time that Mario grabs Duane, it’s about 7.9 seconds. Why the official timekeeper had it at 11, I don’t know. But it wasn’t 11, and it wasn’t four, either.”

Although the World Boxing Council’s records list Duffee as the holder as the fastest KO in UFC history and Jung as the only person to tie the feat, Zuffa isn’t recognizing their erroneous records.

“They can say whatever they want,” Kizer said. “Sounds like they want to be the WBC for some reason.”

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Ani703- December 29, 2011 at 7:53 am
The correct answer is Who the fuck cares.
NomadRip- December 29, 2011 at 6:15 am
Don't dismay, Squirrel. Rogan can find anything to bitch about cageside.
Squirrel- December 29, 2011 at 5:40 am
But if it's fixed what will Joe Rogan bitch about ringside?
SnackDaddy- December 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm
Exactly! That's what I thought. The ref does interfere quite late in the Korean Zombie/Hominck fight. He could have probably stopped it a second or two earlier. Dunno if that would've broken the record but this approach seems quite relative to how early/late the ref. steps in. But it is what it is. Ludwig seems like the winner.
NomadRip- December 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm
Wait, so that guy's name is not really Justin Timberlake? ;-)
shitbag- December 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Gee, Kizer is a dipshit and the NSAC is a joke, who knew? Everyone actually.
rpn452- December 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm
. . . so Ludwig deserves it, IMO.
rpn452- December 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

The Ludwig fight was also the only one where his opponent was out cold before hitting the ground. With the others, it wasn't immediately clear that the fight should be stopped when the winner followed his opponent to the ground.
Omelette Platter- December 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm
"There’s no legal avenue to overturn it"

like anyone cares. the UFC announcers and press machine will all reiterate that the record belongs to ludwig whenever it's relevant, and nobody will ever bother to ask the state of Nevada if they agree because why would you? who the fuck cares what the state of Nevada believes to be the fastest knockout in UFC history, or what the WBC has to say on it for that matter. the only thing that matters when it comes to UFC records is what the UFC says.
NinjaVanish- December 28, 2011 at 11:48 am
Refuse to acknowledge they made a timekeeping error, but no problem letting overeem run off across the world and drop a drug test 3 weeks late. Keep it classy NSAC.
newdeal- December 28, 2011 at 11:46 am
From those videos I would say the main difference between the fights was the ref seems to step in a bit earlier in the Ludwig fight than the others where he lets them land some unnecessary shots
ccman- December 28, 2011 at 11:22 am
So an athletic commission wont correct something unless there is
Money in it? Water is still wet also right?
Kid Clam Curtains- December 28, 2011 at 11:21 am
God Kizer is such a bureaucratic shitstain.
Goat- December 28, 2011 at 11:19 am
What a bunch of goofs - won't make the correct decision because they don't want to openly admit that they were wrong. Sounds like a bunch of politicians to me.