Duane Ludwig won’t tell Josh Neer what to do, but he thinks Neer should probably try to get him to the ground when they meet Jan. 20 at UFC on FX “Guillard vs. Miller.”

“It’s not like I’m the best guy in the world, but it’d be better for him to take me down,” Ludwig told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I feel I’m technically superior. I’m faster. I have more power, but anything can happen.”

Ludwig has long been recognized as one of the best strikers in MMA. He was a kickboxer before he was a mixed martial artist and he’s one of the few MMA fighters to also have success in K-1. At the same time, Neer is as tough as they come. Ludwig’s not trying to downplay that fact.

“He’s definitely tough,” Ludwig said. “He’s well rounded. He’s good off his back. He’s got decent wrestling. His striking is pretty good. … I think it would be better for him not to stand up, but I’m not going to tell him that.”

Neer is fully capable of winning fights by submission or ground-and-pound. That doesn’t mean he’ll try to take Ludwig down, though, even if he’s outmatched on the feet.

“All the fights I’ve seen of him, he’s always wanted to fight,” Ludwig said. “He’s always wanted to stand there and scrap. I don’t see why that would change now. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be a good time for sure. I enjoy these bouts, these styles of matchups.”

Even if Neer does try to ground the fight, Ludwig believes he’ll be ready. He said the move back up to 170 pounds from 155 has helped his takedown defense and his jiu-jitsu game immensely.

“I should have moved up to 170 a while ago,” said Ludwig, adding that he’d been walking around as high as 195 pounds the last couple of years. “Making 155 has always been very tough for me. That’s why I brought out Mike Dolce as my nutritionist. Even with him, he said I should probably move up to 170 because 155 is too hard. Every time I’d go train, my focus would be to burn calories and sweat and lose weight rather than getting better as a mixed martial artist. I think my jiu-jitsu level, my wrestling level should be higher than it is now.”

Now that Ludwig doesn’t have to focus so much on cutting weight, though, he’s seeing steady improvement in his grappling.

“Now when I step on the mat, it’s to get better as an athlete,” he said. “That’s what’s separating me now from the past. I definitely feel that I’m a lot better in all areas. I should have [moved back to 170] before.”

That’s not to say his striking has suffered. In fact, his standup game may actually benefit now that he doesn’t worry so much about being taken down.

“I’ve always been pretty sharp in mixing it up, hitting the body and angles and stuff,” Ludwig said. “But just the wrestling and jiu-jitsu aspect, I’m definitely getting better in those two areas, which is definitely nice. That’s always been a thing in the back of my mind: I used to fight [thinking], ‘Don’t get taken down, don’t get taken down, don’t get taken down.’ But now it’s not even on my mind.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 51:55).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Coach Pederneiras calls Brendan Schaub's steroid allegations 'a case of envy'

  • 20 days ago
  • 15 views

Brendan Schaub thinks that there’s something “weird” to struggles by Brazilian fighters since enhanced drug testing has kicked in for the UFC. Those struggles are why, he says, he’ll be picking Conor read news >>

Since MMA is 'scary as sh-t,' Uriah Hall trying to follow Ronda Rousey's lead

  • 21 days ago
  • 339 views

Most MMA fighters won’t admit the sport is “scary as sh-it,” according to Uriah Hall, but a special few – ones like Ronda Rousey – can do something the majority of others can’t.Filed under: Featured read news >>

Amanda Nunes Isn’t a Trash Talker, but Thinks She Deserves a Shot at Ronda Rousey

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

Amanda Nunes believes she deserves a title shot after her UFC Fight Night 73 win over Sara McMann, but isn't going to talk her way into a bout with Ronda Rousey. read news >>

Chad Mendes: No one ever heard of Duane Ludwig until he came to Team Alpha Male

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

Last week, Duane Ludwig apologized for self-described "stupid comments" he made directed at Team Alpha Male -- his former students -- when he declared that T.J. Dillashaw was the only fighter on the read news >>

Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley set for UFC 192 in Houston

  • 25 days ago
  • 4 views

Johny Hendricks won’t be getting that title shot he hoped for, instead meeting fellow top contender Tyron Woodley at UFC 192.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Chad Mendes fires back at Duane Ludwig: 'we made him, we put him on the map'

  • 25 days ago
  • 157 views

Top UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes is tired of hearing about former coach, Duane Ludwig. read news >>

Miesha Tate: Correia isn't that good, 'got what was coming' against Ronda Rousey

  • 25 days ago
  • 194 views

Miesha Tate doesn't think Bethe Correia is that good yet, and thinks she got what she asked for after stepping out of line with her trash talk against Ronda Rousey. read news >>

Despite 34-Second KO Loss, Bethe Correia Still Thinks She Can Beat Ronda Rousey

  • 26 days ago
  • 247 views

When it comes to Ronda Rousey, Bethe Correia is downright tenacious, you know, when they're not fighting. Three days after Rousey knocked out Correia in 34 seconds to retain her UFC women's bantamwei read news >>

Chad Mendes ‘tired of hearing about' Duane Ludwig: ‘We made Duane'

  • 26 days ago
  • 309 views

It's been over a year since Duane Ludwig left his post as head coach of Team Alpha Male, and frankly, Chad Mendes is sick of hearing about it. Ludwig, who continues to coach UFC bantamweight champion read news >>

Dana White thinks Ronda Rousey vs Cris Cyborg would break all MMA PPV records

  • 27 days ago
  • 312 views

The UFC president told Ariel Helwani that a fight card headlined by Rousey against the former Strikeforce women's champ would do more than 2.5 million buys. Dana White talked to MMAFighting.com's Ari read news >>