Both men are veterans of the sport and came in riding win streaks, Ludwig with two straight and Neer having won five in a row dating back to his May 2010 loss to Eddie Alvarez in Bellator.
Make it six now, including his second straight inside the Octagon, as "The Dentist" surgically disposed of "Bang" with a first round guillotine submission victory.
Ludwig couldn't help but smile when he woke up but it will be a long road back to his old spot in the welterweight division for the 33-year-old vet. As for Neer, could this signify a rebirth of sorts?
The fight opened as all fights do, with both men standing and looking to land that one big shot that will put the other away in spectacular fashion, earning not only knockout win but a big bonus in the process.
Sometimes, though, a submission is just as sweet.
After getting Ludwig to the floor on a caught kick, Neer worked to a guillotine and squeezed until his foe went limp. The cash for "Submission of the Night" is just as green, after all.
And a win is a win. Moving on up.
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