Mixed Martial Artist and UFC veteran Duane “Bang” Ludwig was called back into the UFC for UFC 108 after four years of bouncing around from Strikeforce to other small promotions. Ludwig stepped in the cage against Jim Miller as a replacement for an injured Sean Sherk. Ludwig lost that fight in the first round but got his chance to return to the win column this past Sunday when he took on Darren Elkins at “UFC On Versus 1″.
The fight started in Ludwig’s favor as he landed a staggering left hand and sprawled nicely to avoid a takedown attempt from Elkins. Things turned sour 44 seconds into the first round though when Elkins landed a takedown that trapped Ludwig’s foot beneath him; the weight of both fighters crashing down onto the foot resulted in a grisly injury to Ludwig’s ankle.
MMAWeekly received word on the specifics of said injury and apparently “Bang” suffered from a Maisonneuve fracture which, in layman’s terms, means that he fractured his ankle very, very badly. MMAWeekly also reported on the necessary surgery to repair his ankle; Ludwig will receive three pins (one temporary and two permanent) in his ankle. He will be on crutches for three months and after that, pending a doctor’s clearance, he will be allowed to return to training with a return to competition possibly coming as soon as three months after that.
Despite the severity of the injury, Ludwig is staying positive about his future.
In an interview with MMAWeekly.com, Ludwig said, “I look at this as just another challenge I have to face. I’ll be back before everybody expects. I’m going to be back.”