Sunday, February 18, 2007


Broomfield, Colo. – Local hero Duane “Bang” Ludwig headlined Ring of Fire 28 on Friday night as the promotion moved into it’s new home in Broomfield, Colo. at the brand-spanking-new Broomfield Events Center. A capacity crowd of some 5,000 fans packed the arena to see the top fighters in the region make a clean sweep.

Ludwig toyed with Japanese import Shinya Kumazawa en route to a surprising TKO finish not due to strikes, as one would expect from one of the most prolific strikers in mixed martial arts, but from a side choke that Kumazawa refused to tap from.

Sprawling out on Kumazawa’s early takedown attempts, Ludwig realized early that he was in no danger in this fight. “I really expected him to be a lot tougher,” said Ludwig after the fight. Ludwig continually landed brutal knees to the face and head while standing and continually gave up dominant positions on the ground, once sacrificing a rear naked choke attempt and another time giving up a reverse triangle from front mount, to stand the fight up and punish Kumazawa on the feet.

At one point, Ludwig shot on Kumazawa and following the takedown immediately stood up and turned to point to his cornerman, Nate Marquardt, as if to say “See, I was paying attention.” He then returned the fight to the mat and secured a side choke. Kumazawa, displaying the Samurai heart, refused to tap causing referee Adam Martinez to stop the bout towards the end of round 2.

Full Results
Duane Ludwig def Shinya Kumazawa via TKO (Side Choke) 4:32 R2
Alvin Robinson def Olly Bradstreet via RNC 1:47 R1
Donald Cerrone def Damir Mihajlovic via TKO (Strikes) 3:57 R1
Carpaccio Owens def Andre Walker via Sub (Strikes) 1:00 R3
Vern Baca def Gerald Lavato via TKO (Strikes) 2:26 R2
Michelle Waterson def Andrea Miller via Unanimous Decision
Kamalu Keawe def Daniel Griffin via TKO (Due to Damage) :27 R2
Eric Fagyas def Kevin Carter via Gillotine Choke 2:56 R1
Aaron Trujillo def Roberto Nater via TKO 1:08 R1
Jeremy Malaterre def Alfredo Corona via Unanimous Decision
Ken Seegrist def Jason McDonald via Sub (Strikes) :30 R1
Eric Buck def Kenny May via Armbar 1:25 R1

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