In December, Duane Ludwig was going about his usual routine, while also preparing for the holidays, when he received a text from one of his students at his gym in Denver saying that UFC president Dana White announced that Ludwig now holds the official record of the fastest knockout in UFC history.

I pulled up Twitter and seen it and was so excited Christmas came a little early,” Ludwig told The MMA Corner.

There were several candidates that were so close in seconds that UFC officials broke down the fights and determined that Ludwig’s finish was slightly sooner than the others, with a time of 6.06 seconds.

“It’s definitely cool to have that because it separates me from every human being, past, present, and possibly future in the world so it’s cool it turned out that way,” Ludwig said.

While the accomplishment of officially holding a record like that is honorable, Ludwig looked past it knowing that he has a fight coming up against Josh Neer on Jan.20 when the UFC will make its debut on FX from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Ludwig trains out of a solid camp in Denver at Grudge Training Center, where there are many well-conditioned, well-trained partners to help prepare him for this upcoming fight.

Training camp is going well,”Ludwig stated. “There’s always some little thing going on, but I’ve got a good crew of guys behind me helping me out.”

In the last two years, Ludwig has suffered two serious injuries; first, an ankle injury after his fight with Spencer Fisher in 2010, then a sternum problem in the following year. But now healthy, Ludwig can withstand a full training camp without setbacks or the inability to train.

“In this training camp I’m able to spar, go live, wrestle, and do everything,” said Ludwig. “That was a blessing, a little bit different to get a full training camp in and train in all aspects.”

Ludwig is currently on a two-fight win streak, with one of the those victories coming against The Ultimate Fighter season seven winner Amir Sadollah in August. The former ISKA Muay Thai and K-1 Max USA champion outclassed Sadollah in the stand-up department and earned a unanimous decision.

But Ludwig isn’t concerned with what has happened in the past.

“I don’t like to look at my past fights,” Ludwig said boldly. “Each fight is it’s own separate event, I just go in there and prepare my best for the fight. I don’t really write off the past and just go into each fight like it’s my first.”

His opponent on Friday night will be Josh “The Dentist” Neer, a veteran of 43 MMA fights at only 28 years old. Neer has served in three stints in the UFC: his first in 2005-2006, then ’08-’09, and now in 2011-12. “The Dentist” returned to the UFC in Oct. 2011 after winning in his last four bouts, all before the third round. Neer defeated Keith Wisniewski in his comeback fight by TKO.

But even with the success Neer has had of late, those five opponents he has defeated are not on the same level as the man he’s about to face, according to Ludwig.

“I think his last five opponents obviously were not me; I’m on a different level for sure,” Ludwig said confidently. “I think if he tries to do his past strategy it’s gonna be a different outcome. I’d prefer him to come forward, that would be a very fun fight for me.”

Along with being a different fighter than Neer’s past opponents, Ludwig stated that there are areas where he will take advantage of his opponent.

“I’m a lot faster, I hit harder, I’m good at working angles, just a combination of those things are the keys for me winning the fight,” declared Ludwig. “There’s not going to be a specific gameplan. I’m just gonna fight the way I fight and just have a clear mind and a good time.”

Before packing his things and heading to Nashville for the fight, Ludwig left with a prediction on how he will win.

“Speed, angles, and power. I’m just gonna out-class him in the striking.”

Photo: Duane Ludwig (Isaac Hinds/Sherdog)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.