Duane Ludwig now owns a much-coveted UFC record. | Photo: Dave
On Jan. 16, 2006, Duane Ludwig
knocked out Jonathan
very quickly. Just how quickly, though, is a matter of
The Nevada State Athletic Commission recorded the finish for the
Fight Night 3 bout at 11 seconds. Pretty much everyone else
could agree the fight was over sooner, but the NSAC’s time has long
been accepted as official. For that reason, Ludwig’s
lightning-quick knockout has been kept out of the record books.
On Dec. 24, though, UFC President Dana White announced on Twitter
that Ludwig’s KO was the fastest in UFC history. White then
followed up with a video blog that showed footage to prove it.
“It was very cool,” Ludwig told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “Definitely a little bit
unexpected. It’s been about five years. It’s definitely cool to
have it credited to me finally.”
Of course, at this point the NSAC is not going to change its record
books. Ludwig prefers the UFC’s version of history anyway.
“That’s more than enough because Dana White and the UFC and the
fans, they’re all my brothers and my family,” he said. “That means
more to me than a government employee in a suit. I’m definitely
happy with the UFC stepping in and Dana White being a man of his
On his video blog, White timed Ludwig’s KO of Goulet, Todd
Duffee’s KO of Tim Hague, and
Sung Jung’s recent KO of Mark
Hominick. Officially, the Duffee and Jung finishes came at
seven seconds. White timed Duffee’s at 7.56 seconds and Jung’s at
6.26 seconds. Ludwig believes he beat Goulet in four seconds, but
the UFC president called it 6.06 seconds, which still edged Jung if
you agree with the UFC’s own timekeeping.
“It separates me from everybody past, present and possibly future
on the planet Earth,” Ludwig said. “It’s definitely cool to stand
out from every other human being. It’s definitely cool to be known
for that because that’s some ninja stuff there. Also, the way that
it went down, the technical precision, the setup and stepping off
to the side -- it wasn’t just like I closed my eyes and got a lucky
punch. There was some thought process into that.”
And then years to get the UFC to recognize him for it. Jung
blitzing Hominick so quickly in December helped bring the issue
back up, but Jung nearly claimed the record himself, which raises
the question: Can the record be broken?
“I’m sure there’s definitely things that can happen, but it looks
like in history, it hasn’t happened yet,” Ludwig said. “If it does,
then that’s cool. But for right now, I’d like to just enjoy this a
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 51:55).
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