American mixed martial arts coach, retired professional kickboxer and mixed martial artist. Ludwig was regarded as a top lightweight in the world during 2003 and 2004, for his victories over Jens Pulver at UCC 12 and Genki Sudo at UFC 42, up until a loss to B.
Penn at K-1 MMA: Romanex. Ludwig has also received acclaim for his role in the success of Team Alpha Male operating out of Sacramento, California, which is home to numerous highly ranked mixed martial artists who have competed in organizations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting.
Before his move to Colorado, Ludwig previously served as the camp’s head coach, where his impact was believed to have had the “missing link” in elevating the team as one of the gold standards for training camps in the world. Ludwig has been voted the Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
Ludwig was considered the key element in helping Team Alpha Male win Gym of the Year in 2013 by the World MMA Awards. Duane started practicing Muay Thai when he was 15 years old. He would have a successful amateur career winning twelve of his fourteen bouts and picking up three IKF International Kickboxing Federation Muay Thai national and regional titles.
He turned professional in 2000 when he defeated Terrance Jones at a Ring of Fire event, in what was a rematch from their amateur days. At the end of the year Duane won his first pro title by winning the W. US national title, which he followed with the I. He had his first real challenge in 2001 when he faced world champion Alex Gong for his I.