UFC on Versus 5 Results: Duane Ludwig Defeats Amir Sadollah
The first fight of the main card featured The Ultimate Fighter alumnus and Season 7 winner Amir Sadollah against the dangerous Muay Thai practitioner, Duane Ludwig.
In a bout that went the distance, Bang Ludwig spent the majority of the first two rounds teeing off on his adversary. He routinely wobbled Sadollah with an array of rights and lefts while mixing in kicks and knees for good measure. By the end of the three rounds, Ludwig was even throwing in takedown attempts and doing so successfully for good measure.
However, perhaps Duane felt he opened up a decisive gap by the start of the third stanza because he allowed Amir to gain the upper hand and control the action. The TUF grad pushed forward, was the clear aggressor and took the five-minute exchange by a pretty safe margin.
That, of course, opened the window for the judges to ride in a screw everything up.
Luckily for Ludwig and the UFC, the cageside judges delivered a verdict that agreed with the eye test.
Duane Ludwig defeats Amir Sadollah by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Everyone keeps insisting that Amir Sadolllah is an improving fighter and a tough out inside the Octagon. I'm not sure that's accurate—Sadollah is clearly a tough dude and can absorb a lot of punishment, but I'm not sure you can say anything else that flattering about the 170-pounder.
His record inside the Octagon is a middling 5-3 and, although all the contest came inside the UFC, the wins haven't been as impressive as the losses have been troubling.
At this point, it's tough to know if he's more a creation of the promotional machine and carefully picked opponents or whether he's the real deal.
Even if Sadollah is more smoke and mirrors than genuine contender, the beating Ludwig just dished out was impressive. Consider the pool of welterweight contenders one fighter deeper.
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