Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Amir Sadollah provided an exciting start to Sunday’s UFC on Versus 5 main card, as Ludwig outpointed The Ultimate Fighter 7 winner Sadollah with relentless counterstriking to earn a unanimous decision with three 29-28 scores from the judges.
MMAFrenzy.com’s play-by-play of Ludwig vs. Sadollah is below:
Round 1 – Sadollah takes the center of the Octagon and they quickly fire punches. Sadollah pushes forward, but Ludwig narrowly misses with a knee. Sadollah clinches Ludwig against the fence and they struggle for control and trade knees to the body. Sadollah drops for a takedown, but Ludwig forces him to stand. They separate and trade punches, then Ludwig fires a pair of head kicks. Ludwig counters with a left hook. Sadollah attacks the body, but Ludwig gets the better of the exchanges. Ludwig hurts Sadollah with a left and follows with a knee and more punches but Sadollah gets to a clinch. Ludwig lands at will as Sadollah struggles to recover, but he survives to the bell. MMAFrenzy.com scores the first for Ludwig 10-9.
Round 2 – Sadollah attacks to start the second, but Ludwig seems content to counter and continues to tag Sadollah. Sadollah’s corner says Ludwig is slowing, but he continues to land with counters. Ludwig hurts Sadollah again with another counter combo. Ludwig can’t follow up and Sadollah recovers briefly before “Bang” looks for a takedown and they settle for the clinch. They separate and Ludgwig finds the mark again, but his face shows some swelling too from what Sadollah has snuck through before the round ends. MMAFrenzy.com scores the second for Ludwig 10-9 to go up 20-18.
Round 3 – Sadollah attacks again to begin the final round, then quickly shoots for a takedown, but Ludwig sprawls and bounces back to his feet. Ludwig blocks a pair of high kicks from Sadollah then shrugs off another takedown. They trade punches in the center of the Octagon, then Ludwig smiles after eating a kick to the face. Sadollah attacks, but Ludwig has little problem avoiding and countering slower punches. Sadollah attacks the body, then mixes in a high kick as they enter the final minute. Ludwig connects with more hard counters, then shoots for a takedown with 30-seconds to go. Ludwig sticks with it and gets Sadollah to the canvas in the final seconds. MMAFrenzy.com scores the third for Ludwig 10-9 to give him the fight 30-27.
Duane Ludwig def. Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Pictured: Duane “Bang” Ludwig (via UFC.com)