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Yeah, Duane Ludwig Is Going to Be Out For a Little While

(Sorry, Duane. Looks like a pre-existing condition to me.)

Now that we’ve all seen this horrific picture of Duane “Bang” Ludwig’s ankle doing something it is not made to do during his fight with Darren Elkins at the UFC on Versus event, let’s all take a second to say, ‘Daaaaaamn!’ After that we can dry heave a little and move on to the actual reason why we’re revisiting this moment of forced empathy. According to MMA Weekly (and common sense), Ludwig is going to be out of action a little while. As you might have already guessed, that thing is going to require surgery, at which point doctors will reportedly put three pins in that mangled ankle, removing one once it’s suitably healed up, and leaving the other two in there permanently to act as embedded foreign objects with which to pummel future opponents.

The weird thing is, he’s projected to return in as little as six months, though Ludwig insists he’ll “be back before everybody expects.”

Let us be the first to say, take your time, Duane. This isn’t Texas high school football. No one is going to think you’re a pussy if you don’t tape it up and jump right back in there. We admire your fierce determination, but until you can stand to hear the sound of someone snapping a celery stick in half without flinching, you don’t want to be jumping back in that Octagon.  Let’s not forget the cautionary tale of Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons.

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Robocop Didnt Tap- March 24, 2010 at 10:24 am
Whoa....GNARLY![/Jeff Spicoli]
Soda Popinski- March 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm
you know that scene in braveheart where that one crazy guy stephen tells william wallace, "God tells me he can get me out of this mess, but he's pretty sure you're fucked."

i feel like right leg and left leg had a similar conversation.
just some dong- March 23, 2010 at 6:36 pm
Is that... marrow?

Unabomberman- March 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Hmmm...tasty bone.
robthom- March 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm
Cagepotato's love affair with nauseating gore strikes again.

montanamonster- March 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Thank you God for creating a human brain that can instantly detach itself from the horror of the gruesome injuries we have seen throughout the history of sports.
failingev0lution- March 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm
El Guapo- March 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm
"Snap, crackle, pop" goes my breakfast... and his ankle.

"Hoooo, Urrghhhh, Awwww" goes my lunch after seeing that picture.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- March 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Let me be the first to say.....


...oh God...I shouldn't have eaten that burrito from the "roach cart" anyways....

"CagePotato!....When you absolutely-posa-fuckin'-tively need to see a picture of a guy stickin' his own foot up his ass!"

"That'll do, pig."
Viva Hate- March 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm
I sat here staring at the picture trying to come up with something clever to say but was too preoccupied rubbing my ankle and shaking my head.

UFC really needs to provide health insurance for these guys, Ludwig will be broke paying for the stuff needed to fix this.

J Akuma- March 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm
For the Christ of Jesus!

Logging on to this site to see that picture as the very first image... not cool.
WhiskeyBoarder- March 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm
I suffered a similar injury. I had the pin in my ankle removed about 2 months after surgery. Additionally, I fractured my fibula. Total time from injury to full recovery was about 3 months. The six month prognosis is doable, although that picture is.... nasty...
ihateemo- March 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm
That Pele break was Corey Hill-alicious!
MMA Mafia- March 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm
The word crunchy comes to mind.....