Barry-Morecraft, Neer-Ludwig on for UFC’s January FX Debut

By Mike Whitman Nov 16, 2011
Two fights are now set for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut on Fox-owned cable network FX, as Christian Morecraft will meet Pat Barry and Duane Ludwig will face Josh Neer.

UFC officials announced the news Tuesday, confirming that the event is slated to go down in January, though specific date and location information has yet to be revealed. The UFC made its debut on Fox’s flagship network on Nov. 12, earning an average of 5.7 million viewers for its broadcast of Junior dos Santos’ title-winning triumph over heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Barry (Pictured) has lost three of his last four starts and will look to avoid his third consecutive defeat. The kickboxing specialist holds an overall Octagon record of 3-4, having earned wins over Dan Evensen, Antoni Hardonk and Joey Beltran during his time with the promotion. Barry most recently competed in October, when he was submitted by a Stefan Struve triangle choke at UFC Live 6.

After winning his first six pro fights, Morecraft has gone 1-2 since coming to the UFC. The 25-year-old was knocked out by Struve in his Octagon debut but rebounded with a submission victory over Sean McCorkle in March. Morecraft’s last in-cage appearance occurred at UFC Live 4 in June; he was knocked out by Matt Mitrione in the second round.

Ludwig, 33, has fought professionally for 11 years and has posted a 2-2 record in his most recent run with the UFC, rebounding from back-to-back defeats to Jim Miller and Darren Elkins by besting Nick Osipczak and Amir Sadollah. Known for his superior standup skills, Ludwig holds 10 of his 21 career wins by knockout.

Like his foe, Neer is also a veteran of the fight game. The 28-year-old began his career in 2006 and has racked up 32 career wins with 17 knockouts. Known as “The Dentist,” Neer returned to the UFC on Oct. 1, finishing fellow veteran Keith Wisniewski via doctor stoppage at UFC Live 6.


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