Duane Ludwig had his record for fastest knockout in UFC history broken by Jorge Masvidal.
This past Saturday night (July 6), Masvidal went one-on-one with Ben Askren. The question going into the fight was could Masvidal keep it standing long enough to stop Askren? “Gamebred” just needed five seconds as he scored a flying knee KO to win the fight. Ludwig was the previous record holder.
Speaking to MMAJunkie.com, Ludwig said he knew if his record was ever going to be broken it would’ve been in the fashion that Masvidal pulled off:
“It’s how I assumed my record would be beat. Just like Kid Yamamoto when he did the jump knee years ago in four seconds (against Kazuyuki Miyata at K-1 Hero’s 5). I thought if someone was ever to beat that record they would go right out and do a jump-flying knee and end the fight. It finally happened.”
Ludwig went on to say that he’s happy someone like Masvidal is the one to surpass him for the fastest knockout in UFC history.
“For it to be Masvidal against such a high-level opponent for the title shot contention and all the stakes on the table, it was good that it was at this level of a fight rather than having it end by someone who hasn’t put in as much time or effort in the game,” Ludwig said. “It’s nice to have it be someone who has a worthy resume like Jorge.
“He did an awesome job. Congrats to him. I was picking him for the win, and it was cool to see that. I like him personally and as a fighter, so it was very nice. Hopefully we’ll see more in the future from Masvidal. I would like to see him get a title shot.”