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Fight Prediction: Che Mills vs. Duane Ludwig

Here you have two welterweight brawlers with their back to the wall. Both fighters could possibly be on the chopping block with a loss here, and their styles do not lead you to believe they will be playing it safe. With only 10 decision in 54 fights between the two – win or loss these two fighters go out on their sword. Che Mills will have the home field advantage, but Duane is the owner of the unofficial fastest knockout in the UFC. This will be a great opening fight for this weekends card.

Mills earned his way into the UFC on the strength of a four fight winning streak after spending years on the local circuit in England. His debut only lasted forty-seconds as he bested Ultimate Fighter alum Chris Cope. He was thrown to the wolves after that fight taking on Canadian phenom Rory MacDonald. Look for him to make a statement in this fight by showing he is the better overall fighter against his veteran opponent.

Duane returned to the UFC by taking a short notice fight against perennial lightweight contender Jim Miller. Unfortunately that fight did not go well for Ludwig. He looked to regain some footing, but ultimately lost it by blowing out his ankle in his next fight. A move back to 170 proved beneficial as he took out one Englishman on his way to besting Ultimate Fighter winner Amir Sandollah. Just as his career looked to make a turn for the best, luck quickly turned down another bumpy road, as Ludwig was finished by Dan Hardy and Josh Neer in 2012. Regardless, Duane is a proven veteran and he will try to reverse his fortunes again.

The Bottom Line:

Che is the faster, younger, and most likely more well rounded. If he does not finish it on the feet he will on the ground. Che by second round stoppage due to strikes.

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