One guy went from media darling to public enemy number one with a few losses in a row. The other is one of the best pure strikers you'll ever see in MMA. Will they oblige each other on the feet, or is a win worth more than a reputation? Dan Hardy (23-10, 1 NC, 4-4 UFC) meets Duane Ludwig (21-12, 4-3 UFC).
Neither fighter is currently ranked at welterweight in the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings. Hardy challenged for the title at one (I'm sure you're aware of that by now), but has lost four bouts in a row. Ludwig has fluctuated between lightweight and welterweight for a long time and won't be gracing either list anytime soon without a sustained win streak. This welterweight UFC 146 bout is the fourth bout of the preliminary card and the first to air on FX. The FX broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Hardy: 30 years old | 6'0" | 74" reach
Ludwig: 33 years old | 5'10" | 70" reach
What have these two done recently?
Hardy: L - Chris Lytle (SUB) | L - Anthony Johnson (UD) | L - Carlos Condit (KO)
Ludwig: L - Josh Neer (SUB) | W - Amir Sadollah (UD) | W - Nick Ocipczak (SD)
How did these two get here?
Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy started off so well. Four straight exciting UFC victories earned him a (probably premature) UFC welterweight title shot against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 111. He was completely dominated but managed to take it to a decision. Things have been terrible since then though, starting with a nasty KO loss to current interim champ Carlos Condit. Additional losses to Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle led many to believe he'd be released, but UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta loves his style and he gets another chance against Ludwig.
Duane "Bang" Ludwig is a decorated Muay Thai champion that has been competing in MMA for over 12 years. He has fought all over the world and has taken on many of the top names over the last decade. His current UFC run turned ugly with a gruesome ankle injury in early 2010, but he rebounded with two straight wins upon his return. He lost his most recent bout to Josh Neer in January.
Why should you care?
This will either be a crazy standup war, or a smart fight from a more well-rounded fighter. You'll just have to tune in to see what goes down.
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