Ludwig Requires Surgery for Broken Hand

By Mike Whitman Nov 17, 2010
Duane Ludwig (left):

UFC veteran Duane “Bang” Ludwig will undergo surgery to repair a broken right hand sustained in the first round of his split decision victory over Brit Nick Osipczak at UFC 122 at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.

Ludwig tweeted the news Wednesday morning, announcing that he had broken his right hand in two places during his victory and would see a new specialist today. A few hours later, the Grudge Training Center product announced that he would require surgery. It is unknown at this time when Ludwig will undergo the procedure. Sherdog could not reach Ludwig for comment.

When UFC 122's co-main event was canceled just hours before the show due to Alessio Sakara's illness, Ludwig's matchup with Osipczak was hurriedly promoted to the main card. “Bang” did not disappoint on the big stage, using crisp standup to outlast the game Brit and earn a hard-fought split decision.

Osipczak dominated the fight in the first round, taking Ludwig down and pounding away, but the 32-year-old battled back to steal the fight in the final frame. Ludwig assaulted an exhausted Osipczak in the third period, with the Brit offering virtually no offense in return.

Prior to UFC 122, Ludwig's last appearance in the Octagon ended in tragedy, as he suffered a gruesome broken ankle during his bout Darren Elkins at UFC Live in March. Despite his recent health issues, Ludwig is greeting the idea of another operation in good spirits, tweeting, “I can't wait for more hardware to be added to my frame.” Ludwig's wife just gave birth to a baby boy -- their second child -- on Nov. 9 while Ludwig was in Germany.
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