MMA Year In Review: Duane Ludwig and James Head Strive for Health and UFC Wins
The New Year is upon us and there is plenty to reflect on from the past 12-months. Continuing with the second part of the “MMA Year In Review” series, Monta Wiley talks to UFC competitors James Head and Duane Ludwig about their thoughts on 2011 and where they plan to go in 2012.
James Head (UFC Middleweight Contender):
2011 - a roller coaster year. Reflecting back at 2011 at my MMA career, it has really been a roller coaster year. The year started out with the biggest victory of my career inside the ring against a very tough Gerald Harris.
After winning a unanimous over Harris, I got the call everyone in this sport dreams of; Joe Silva with the UFC. Soon after that I had my first UFC fight with Nick Ring scheduled. After falling short of performing to my potential in UFC 131 against Ring, I was hungrier than ever to get back in the cage and get the bad taste of defeat out of my mouth.
The UFC quickly rescheduled me to fight in Birmingham, England on UFC 138 and I would have my chance. Unfortunately I suffered a pretty serious injury during training that forced me off of the card. I am back to training 100-percent now and looking to get back in the octagon in April 2012.
I cannot wait for my return and am looking forward to having my hand raised inside the octagon. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and the tough defeat and the injuries that I sustained in 2011 were merely a bump in the road and will make me a better fighter and a better person in the long run.
I want to thank God first and foremost, as well as my family, friends, and all of my training partners that have pushed me toward succeeding in 2012.
Duane Ludwig (UFC Veteran):
This year has been about staying healthy. March I was originally scheduled to fight Sadollah in Seattle but injury forced me out. Then one month prior to our Aug bout, I received a pretty good injury again but I could not pull out of the bout do to financial issues so I kept it and it worked out.
The main thing I'm realizing is to stay healthy and stay in the gym so I can improve and step into that cage and have some fun, support my family and gain some exposure. I know a lot of people say they don't care about the fame but I sure in the heck do, the more famous/popular I become, the more money and power I possess, which means I'll have more leverage to help people and animals. It's not for personal gain as much as it’s about the gain for others. I help things on this earth, people and animals. It’s a great thing to help.
Make sure to check out the first part of "MMA Year In Review" as Brian Melancon and Jeff Hougland discuss 2011 and what they are looking forward to in 2012.
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