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October 30, 2006

To Fly Like A Bird

By Michael Afromowitz

Bangairpic5Like many of his colleagues, K-1 and mixed martial arts star, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, holds an intense passion for the extreme that extends beyond combat in the squared circle or the cage. Recently, the 28-year-old took advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to test his physical and mental limits while soaring through the air in superhuman fashion.

On Tuesday, October 24th, Ludwig spent approximately 40 minutes seated inside the cockpit of an airborne United States Airforce Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon jet that rolled, looped and performed assorted other mesmerizing maneuvers while exploring the skies of Las Vegas, Nevada at an altitude of roughly 12,000 feet. The flight, which reached speeds in excess of 774 miles per hour, the speed of sound, came as part of an invitation the world Muay Thai champion had received from the staff at Las Vegas’ Nellis Air Force Base, the home of elite pilot demonstration squad, The Thunderbirds.

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October 29, 2006

Strikeforce: Buentello KOs Tank

By Michael Afromowitz

10706_199_5Former UFC heavyweight championship challenger, Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello, delivered a thunderous, 43 second knockout on octagon legend David “Tank” Abbott during a historic first-ever mixed martial arts fight card at Fresno, California’s Save Mart Center on Friday, October 7th. Lightweight sensation, Josh “The Punk” Thomson, meanwhile, continued his rise through the sport’s 155 pound division by submitting knockout artist, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, inside of two rounds during a featured contest on the Strikeforce promoted card that was presented by BodogFight.

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