There’s gonna be a whole lot of standing and banging going on at UFC 146.

Before Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem stand toe-to-toe in the main event, Dan Hardy and Duane Ludwig will bang it out in what is sure to be a thrilling stand-up war. The UFC confirmed the match-up earlier today.

It’s an important fight for Ludwig. He’s coming off a loss to Josh Neer and no fighter wants to be on a two-fight skid in the UFC.

Picking up a win may be important for Ludwig, but it’s nowhere near as critical for him as it is for Hardy. He’s on a four-fight skid and pretty much only has his job because UFC brass likes his style and warrior spirit. That will only take him so far though. He needs a win and needs it bad. Perhaps more so than anyone else in the UFC.

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