It looks like welterweight Duane Ludwig’s thirteen-year run in the cage may be coming to an end. The seasoned kickboxer, who hasn’t seen action in six months due to injury, recently admitted he’s content coaching and no longer possesses the necessary drive to compete at a high level.
“I don’t really see much more of a fighting career. I’ll be 100% healthy in September and at that point I’ll make a decision whether I’m going to fight again or not,” explained Ludwig in an interview with MixedMartialArts.com, ultimately expressing a tinge of regret surrounding the circumstances of his likely departure from the sport but overall satisfaction with taking his life in a new direction. “Of course it would be nice to go out with a win, but I don’t really have the heart or desire to fight again. I’m kind of happy with what I have now, just coaching the guys and relaxing a bit and enjoying my family time. It’s kind of nice not being so selfish.”
Ludwig went on to say rematches with Takanori Gomi and Dan Hardy might cause him to reconsider his stance, though he said lightweight was definitely out of his future given that he currently clocks in at about 210 pounds. Beyond that, “Bang” is excited about his role as head trainer at Team Alpha Male where he works with the likes of UFC stars like Joseph Benavidez, T.J. Dillashaw, Chad Mendes, and Urijah Faber.
“The experience has been wonderful. The guys, they show up and they put in the work. I don’t have to babysit anybody. They know what they’re there for. They train hard. They’re world class athletes. They just pick up things daily,” the 34-year old explained. “I can’t believe how quick they pick things up. They definitely have impressed me. It’s kind of expected, but still it’s just fun to see.”
If truly shelved, Ludwig will walk away from MMA with a 21-14 mark including sixteen stoppages. Among his notable victories are those over Amir Sadollah, Yves Edwards, and Jens Pulver.
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