Bang Ludwig OK with UFC not NSAC recognizing fastest KO

by Ben Fowlkes | source:

At UFC Fight Night 2, Duane "Bang" Ludwig sent Goulet crashing head-first to the mat almost as soon as the fight began. When referee Mario Yamasaki rushed in to stop it, the clock showed four minutes and 56 seconds left in the first round. But somehow, when it was entered into the official record, Ludwig's win went down as an eleven-second finish rather than a four-second one.

It wasn't until three years later, when Duffee made headlines with a seven-second knockout that was immediately declared the fastest in UFC history, that Ludwig began to realize that there was real value in the distinction.

Ludwig began to push for the timing of his win to be officially changed -- a goal he said was supported by UFC president Dana White.

On December 24, White sent out a tweet to Ludwig telling the fighter "for x mas you have the fastest KO in UFC history and it will be changed ASAP."

However, the UFC has no control over the official time, which is kept in this case by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The NSAC offices were closed due to the holidays on Monday, and requests for comment on the matter went unreturned, but UFC officials indicated that the change could be entirely internal, with the UFC altering the records on its website and recognizing Ludwig as the holder of the organization's fastest knockout regardless of whether the NSAC is willing to do the same.

And according to Ludwig, that would be just fine with him.

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bjjspokane site profile image  

12/27/11 2:21 PM by bjjspokane

Part of the problem may be that the ref isn't coordinating with the time keeper, especially between rounds, but in this case before the first. Many refs seem to be more concerned about asking fighters if they are ready and then using a cute, signature expression "let's get it on", "go to war", "do the humpty-hump", etc. Aside from issues of safety, the time keeper needs to tell he ref when its time to fight, and not visa-versa.

Franchise009 site profile image  

12/27/11 5:32 AM by Franchise009

I heard a rumor that the official fumbled with the clock and didn't accurately record the time. Then when deciding a time, it was set to a default 11 seconds. Of course I do not know how true that is, but its most like what happened. The UFC clock started on time, and Mario stopped the fight at 4 seconds, 5 seconds at the latest. The difference between 4 and 11 seconds is to big for "the fight clock started late". And Kizer said the ref stopped Ludwig at 8 seconds (or w/e), meaning the commission still fucked up and they are too lazy to do something about it.

Gordo1581 site profile image  

12/27/11 2:25 AM by Gordo1581

The on-screen UFC clock is not the same as the official's clock.

michaelwbray site profile image  

12/27/11 2:20 AM by michaelwbray

Did the UFC's clock start late?

AC Slater site profile image  

12/27/11 2:15 AM by AC Slater

Yea but it is clear from every angle/video/gif that the ref steps in and STOPS THE FIGHT at the 4 second mark, so I don't know where the fuck they're getting "the ref put his hands on Ludwig at 7.9" or some shit from.

Kirik site profile image  

12/27/11 2:11 AM by Kirik

 Athletic Commissions in general and the NSAC in particular are central to the continued growth of the sport, and to how far we have come already. I don't know the specifics of this one, but there is a pattern, and it is excellent.

AllAmericanBoxing site profile image  

12/27/11 2:07 AM by AllAmericanBoxing

 He knows the truth and we know the truth. Fuck the athletic commision.