Just minutes before they were due to fight in the preliminary card of UFC 122 Nick Osipczak and Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig found themselves promoted to the televised portion of the event due to an ill Alessio Sakara pulling out of his co-main event fight.
They then proceeded to put on a show in the opening fight of the main card. Ludwig started strongly, using his muay thai skills well to fire of hurtful combinations, with his head kicks providing a constant threat.
Osipczak showed he can take punishment though, weathering the early storm and then firing back with some offense of his own which momentarily dropped ‘Bang’. Seizing on the opportunity and landing with more shots before knocking him down again and opening up a cut over his opponents eye via ground and pound.
To his credit Ludwig survived and in round two he settled back into the fight and appeared to be slightly edging the stand-up. Realizing this Osipczak took Ludwig down late in the round, and though he didn’t do much with the position it appeared to be enough to steal him the round.
Appearing to have two rounds in the bag, In the third Osipczak suddenly appeared to completely run out of stream and was barely able to mount any offense at all. Meanwhile Ludwig attempted to take advantage, launching all manner of kicks and punches at the Brit. Osipczak showed his resilience though and made it through to the end of the round.
And so it went to the judges scorecards, and somewhat surprisingly it was an emotional Ludwig who got the nod by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-30).
Osipczak may have reason to feel a little aggrieved at the decision, but on reflection he’ll be kicking himself for the sharp decline in his output in the final round. As for Ludwig, he’ll no doubt be relieved to have finally got a win under his belt in his second spell in the UFC having lost two in a row prior to UFC 122.