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Vintage KO of the Day: Duane Ludwig vs. Jens Pulver

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Since Sunday night’s UFC on Versus 5 broadcast will be led off by Duane Ludwig‘s welterweight battle with Amir Sadollah — we’ll be liveblogging the action starting at 9 p.m. ET, by the way — we figured we’d look back at one of Bang’s classic knockouts that you might not have seen before. On January 25th, 2003, Ludwig (8-2) faced off with former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver (14-2-1) in Montreal for UCC’s vacant lightweight title. After vacating his UFC title the previous year, Pulver had won his first two fights outside of the organization and was looking to pick up another scalp and another belt. It didn’t quite work out like that.

About 12 seconds into the fight, Ludwig leveled Pulver with a massive right hand. Pulver managed to struggle to his feet, and Yves Lavigne broke the fighters after a brief clinch. From there it’s all Duane — a body shot, head kick, and a right-straight finisher that dropped Pulver and actually had him rolling out of the ring to avoid more damage. As the commentator puts it, ”Jens Pulver might be ‘Little Evil’, but Duane Ludwig is a shepherd for the devil.” The dramatic victory earned Ludwig a shot in the UFC, where he out-pointed Genki Sudo in his debut at UFC 42.

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Todd M- August 12, 2011 at 8:31 pm
Man Bang is so clean with his strikes, I like him and Amir equally but I think Amir will use his reach in this fight en route to a decision
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Cestus84- August 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm
Another tidbit of little known info. This fight was for the unofficial lineal LW title of the world. Not that it matters any but just for shits and giggles, I thought I'd toss that in.
Fried Taco- August 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Little known fact, Duane Ludwig earned his nickname not because of his fighting style, but because of what he does to your moms.