UFC 239 witnessed history being made in a sublime fashion. It took Jorge Masvidal only five seconds to put Ben Askren to sleep and end a newly formed bad blood rivalry. In the process, Masvidal also became the holder of the fastest KO in UFC history.
The man who had held the record for 13 years had no hard feelings for Masvidal. 13 years ago Duane Ludwig stopped Jonathan Goulet with a pin point punch that knocked him out in just six seconds. After Masvidal ended his reign he was happy that the knockout came as a result of practice and pre meditation rather than it being just a fluke.
“It’s how I assumed my record would be beat,” Ludwig told MMA Junkie. “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.”
As it happened, Ludwig was actually happy that it was Masvidal who picked apart his record. He had been following his career for years and knew that the latter had put in a lot of work into his craft.
“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.”
Even after it took more than 400 events and a long stretch of time. Ludwig always believed that it was possible. He had nothing but praise for American Top Team for the plan that they had put up. He also didn’t have any hard feelings towards Masvidal for taking away his record. He appreciated the fact that the record being broken symbolizes the evolution of mixed martial arts.
“I knew it was possible, but I didn’t expect it just like everyone except for Masvidal and his team,” Ludwig said. “They posted a clip where he was practicing that a couple days prior. That’s even cooler that it was premeditated and part of the game plan rather than just a lucky shot.”
“It meant a lot (to have that record),” Ludwig said. “It was one of the top three things on my resume as a competitor, as far as far as being a mixed martial arts world champion, a kickboxing world champion and then having the fastest knockout. As far as a competitive resume, that was one of my top three key notes. It meant a lot on paper. It was always cool (that) my kids would come up to other kids at school and say, ‘My dad has the fastest knockout.’ It was always cool to say that.”