By: Mike Thorwart
Verbal agreements have been put into place for another exciting match up for UFC 146.
Dan Hardy (23-10 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and Duane Ludwig (21-12 MMA, 4-3 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 146.
Hardy, who’s last fight was in August of 2011 where we saw Chris Lytle submit Hardy with 45 seconds left in the fight is currently on a four fight losing streak. Hardy will look to bounce back in the win column after suffering losses to the likes of undisputed Welterweight Title holder, Georges St. Pierre and current interim Welterweight title holder, Carlos Condit. A lot of people were surprised that Hardy was not released after his loss to Lytle. However, when you look at how exciting Hardy’s fights are and the caliber of opponents he has lost too, I certainly agree with Hardy still being a part of the UFC.
Ludwig, who’s two fight win streak was snapped by Josh Neer back at UFC on FX 1 in January will also look to get back to his winning ways. Ludwig was quoted after his fight with Neer that “I just go caught.” In the fight with Neer, Ludwig was clearly winning the stand up battle in that fight will most likely look to keep this fight standing once again. However, in a fight with Dan Hardy, that shouldn’t be a problem as both men love the stand up game.
UFC 146 takes place May 26th in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the feature bout of the evening will be the highly anticipated UFC Heavyweight Title showdown between champion, Junior Dos Santos and number one contender, Alistair Overeem.
The addition of Ludwig vs. Hard makes UFC 146 that much more exciting.