Dan Lauzon

Report: Horodecki-Lauzon Likely at Affliction II

Chris Horodecki. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

A previously rumored lightweight battle between former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki and UFC veteran Dan Lauzon will most likely take place at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show on October 11th in Las Vegas.

Both fighters have reportedly agreed to the fight according to Sherdog.com. Bout agreements have yet to be signed. Lauzon’s camp is said to be waiting to see paperwork for the bout before making signing a multi-fight deal with Affliction.

Horodecki became a free agent upon asking for his release from the almost-defunct International Fight League earlier this month. He was previously rumored to have been taking on Takanori Gomi at Sengoku IV next weekend but talks eventually broke down. Horodecki last won a unanimous decision over Nate Lamotte in April.

Since losing consecutive Spencer Fisher and Deividas Taurosevicius, Lauzon has racked up six straight wins fighting primarily in the Boston area. He most recently scored a second-round TKO of Brendan Hoxie at a World Championship Fighting event in June.

Horodecki-Lauzon Possible for Affliction II

Chris Horodecki. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki is reportedly in talks to take on UFC veteran Dan Lauzon at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show on October 11th in Las Vegas.

The word comes from MMANews.com, which has learned from a source within Affliction that the organization is currently in talks to pair the two up at the event. At the least, Lauzon’s name has definitely been thrown around as a strong possibility to face Horodecki.

Horodecki became a free agent upon asking for his release from the almost-defunct International Fight League earlier this month. He was previously rumored to have been taking on Takanori Gomi at Sengoku IV next weekend but talks eventually broke down. Horodecki last won a unanimous decision over Nate Lamotte in April.

Since losing consecutive Spencer Fisher and Deividas Taurosevicius, Lauzon has racked up six straight wins fighting primarily in the Boston area. He most recently scored a second-round TKO of Brendan Hoxie at a World Championship Fighting event in June.

Tapout’s Portrayal of Dan Lauzon Was Wrong

Dan Lauzon. Photo courtesy of World Championship Fighting.

First off, let me preface what I’m about to say: I’ve never met Dan or Joe Lauzon so this isn’t coming from some personal agenda or anything like that. I’m also not trying to bash anybody. I could be completely wrong with what I’m about to rant on but after watching last night’s Tapout episode, does anyone else think that their portrayal of Dan and his camp was pretty distasteful? I know that I do.

I’ve enjoyed all of Tapout’s past episodes, but not last night’s, it struck me the wrong way. The biggest thing was how the producers of the show made Lauzon’s trainers/partners come off as if they weren’t worthy to be instructing and helping Dan. This is the same gym that his older brother Joe and many other solid fighters have come out of over the past few years if I’m not mistaken, so why create the image of it being inferior?

I’m not sure if there’s some kind of connection between Tapout and Sityodong because they are on good terms with the UFC and whatever, but making them out to be the better place to train by light years isn’t very fair in my opinion. The constant berating of Dan’s camp during the off-camera interviews was unnecessary. I know that Mask and company probably don’t have that much say in terms of production, but you have to remember that Mask said what he said during the episode. If he disagreed with it, he could have spoken up.

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Dan Lauzon Featured at WCF in Boston

Dan Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

BOSTON - UFC Veteran Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon returns to World Championship Fighting on Friday June 20th at the Shriners Auditorium. Lauzon is the youngest fighter to have ever fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship the age of 18. Lauzon, a native of East Bridgewater Massachusetts, is also the younger brother of UFC fighter Joe Lauzon who appeared on The Ultimate Fighter reality TV series which airs on Spike TV.

Lauzon will be making his third appearance for World Championship Fighting and is entering the ring riding a five fight winning streak having ended four of the fights by TKO and his last fight via triangle choke submission. His win streak comes as no surprise as Lauzon is one of the most well rounded fighters in all of MMA using his strength, wrestling, submission and striking skills to attack his opponent’s weaknesses. Lauzon is confident about his skills saying, “I don’t really care where the fight goes, but when I see a weakness in my opponent I go after it, I move in to finish the fight.”

His opponent next Friday night will be Brendan Hoxie who is a replacement opponent since Lauzon’s original opponent, Sean Wilmott, had to withdraw from the match due to health issues which prevented him from properly training for the fight. Lauzon’s opponent has changed a few times, but the fight is now set thanks to Brendan Hoxie stepping up to accept the challenge. Hoxie is no stranger to stiff competition having fought the likes of UFC veteran Tamden McCrory and local fighter Nate Lamotte. For Hoxie this is the opportunity to make his mark by defeating a UFC veteran in Dan Lauzon.

Having fought at the last World Championship Fighting event, an event which saw 3,700 fans fill the auditorium and special guest UFC President Dana White in attendance, Lauzon has been able to showcase his skills to a large audience while still fighting in front of a home town crowd living only an hour away from the venue. Lauzon was also the featured on the TapouT reality show at the last World Championship Fighting event.

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Calandrelli Injured; Lauzon Gets Latina

Dan Lauzon weighs-in for UFC 64: Unstoppable. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Dan Lauzon will now go up against fellow lightweight Frank Latina at World Championship Fighting’s first event of 2008 this Friday night at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Lauzon’s original opponent, Andrew Calandrelli has been forced to pull out of the bout with an undisclosed injury. The promotion made the announcement over the weekend.

The 19-year-old younger brother of current UFC lightweight contender Joe Lauzon enters the bout riding a three-fight winning streak. All three of those wins have had Lauzon stop his opponent with strikes. Lauzon became the youngest fighter to ever compete inside the UFC in a losing effort against Spencer Fisher at UFC 64 in October 2006.

Latina remains undefeated so far in his professional mixed martial arts career. His most recent win was a submission of Cory Laplant at an Extreme Fighting International event in April of last year.

Those planning on attending the event can expect to have the chance to meet many notable names in the sport: Dana White, Marcus Davis, Kenny Florian, Murlio Rua, Sean Gannon, Jorge Rivera, Peter Welsh, and Mark DellaGrotte are all slated to be special guests at the show.

CKA: Jan 21, 2007

News and Notes

- Last night fans were given the opportunity to witness the first Zuffa-ran World Extreme Cagefighting show. McCullough and Faber reigned victorious in their respective bouts earning their WEC titles. Here are the full results…

- Richard Crunkilton def. Mike Joy - Submission (Anaconda Choke) 
- Antonio Banuelos def. Mike French - Decision (Unanimous)
- Carlos Condit def. Kyle Jensen - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Alex Karalexis def. Olaf Alfonso - TKO (Referee Stoppage)
- Brendan Seguin def. Fernando Gonzalez - Decision (Unanimous)
- Logan Clark def. Blas Cedena - TKO (Referee Stoppage)
- John Alessio def. Brian Gassaway - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
- Urijah Faber def. Joe Pearson - Submission (Strikes)
- Rob McCullough def. Kit Cope - Submission (Strikes)

- Dave Medd will take on Chris Clements at TKO 28: Inevitable.

- UFC veteran Dan Lauzon suffered his second straight loss this weekend to the hands of Deividas Taurosevicius at Cage Fury Fighting Championship 3: “Battleground”.

- Here is the full card for Cage Rage 20...

  1. Eric “Butterbean” Esch vs. James “The Colossus” Thompson
  2. Mark Kerr vs. Mustapha Al Turk
  3. Tengiz Tedoradze vs. Rob Broughton
  4. Dan Severn vs. Dave Legeno
  5. Daijiro Matsui vs. Zelg Galesic
  6. Mark Buchanan vs. Robert Berry
  7. Tom Howard vs. Tom Blackledge
  8. Masakazu Imanari vs. Robbie Olivier
  9. Jason Barrett vs. Jeremy Bailey
  10. Ronnie Mann vs. Ashley Grimshaw
  11. Marios Zaromskis vs. Paul Taylor
  12. Michael Johnson vs. Lee Doski

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CKA: Jan 18, 2007

News and Notes

- Caol Uno will make his return to the octagon March 3rd at UFC 68 in Ohio. Uno’s opponent will be lightweight contender and ‘The Ultimate Fighter II’ winner Joe Stevenson.

- MMAWeekly has Dan Lauzon, Matt Wiman and Nathan Diaz listed as fighters on the upcoming season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter 5’.

- The IFL has announced that the fight between Vernon White and Raphael Davis has been cancelled because it was not approved by the California State Athletic Commission.

The reasoning behind the decision was that the difference in experience between the two fighters gave one an unfair advantage over another and therfore the bout could be sanctioned. The CSAC is right - White has fought in more than 50 bouts while this would have just been Davis’ third career fight.

This now means that there will be no light-heavyweight fight in tomorrow’s matchup between the Nevada Lions and the San Jose Razorclaws. A second lightweight fight between Joe Martin and Clint Coronel will take place of this one.

- The California State Athletic Commission announced yesterday that MMA promotions seeking to put on a sanctioned event in the state now have the option of using a cage or a ring. The IFL’s event on Friday night will be the first time that a ring will be used in for MMA competition in California’s history…

- Jeff Monson will make his return to the UK at Cage Warriors: Showdown 3, defending his heavyweight belt against an opponent that has yet to be named. However many are speculating that Monson will be taking on Mario Neto in his third title defense.

Monson’s fight with Fedor on the March 3rd Bodog card has been cancelled. The bout has not yet been rescheduled although it is expected they will just move the fight to Bodog’s April event without a problem…

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Two New Champions Crowned

What a night! When sitting here and looking back on tonight’s event I am lost for words.

The evenings event was kicked off with a fight between lightweight contender Spencer Fisher and 18-year old Dan Lauzon. Lauzon worked well early on but Fisher overcame his initial assault and returned fire with some good punches and knees. Fisher was eventually able to rock Lauzon and the fight was called at 4:38 of the first round.

Next up was a battle between the big men. The question coming into this fight was would Carmello Marrero be able to take Kongo down. Marrero showed he could do just that as he took Kongo down at will throughout the whole fight and neutralized anything Kongo had to offer. Kongo didn’t do much throughout the first two rounds but he look a little better in the third. In the end though that wasn’t enough and the fight was scored a split decision win for UFC newcomer Carmello Marrero.

After a tribute to UFC legend Ken Shamrock, Jon Fitch and Kuniyoshi Hironaka took to the octagon. Hironaka looked excellent early in the first as he caught Fitch in a triangle which he worked for the majority of the first. Fitch eventually broke free and he ended the first on a high note as he took Hironaka’s back and worked for a submission.

The second and thirds were a lot alike. Fitch came out hard each round and imposed his will on the Japanese fighter working some vicious ground and pound along with some good stand-up. At one point in the second Fitch took a shot to the face which caused he nose to bleed but it had little effect and the outcome was definitive as Fitch was declared the winner by unanimous decision.

To me Fitch showed a lot tonight. He showed he can overcome adversity and that he is touch as hell. Fitch got caught in a submission early but he weathered the storm and from that point on he controlled the fight with vicious ground and pound and striking.

Next up was the co-main event of the evening for the UFC lightweight title. Sean Sherk proved that the lightweight division is the proper place for him.

Sherk came out early and secured a strong takedown and that set the tone for the fight. Sherk worked excellent ground and pound throughout the whole fight and he neutralized anything Florian had to offer except for the little roadblock he ran into in the second round.

While working from the top, Sherk was firing off his shots and Florian threw an elbow from the bottom. The shot landed and opened up a big cut on the forehead of Sean Sherk. The cut had to be checked but the fight was allowed to continue. Blood poured out of the cut but Sherk jumped the hurdle and continued to pound Florian for the remaining three rounds.

Sherk was able to neutralize any offense Florian had to offer by taking him to the canvas time after time. Late in the final round, Sherk picked Florian up and slammed him to the canvas sending one final message to the crowd. In the end Sean Sherk won by unanimous decision and was crowned the new UFC lightweight champion.

Next up was the fight everyone had been waiting for, the battle for the UFC middleweight title between Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva. As the fighters made their ways to the octagon you could sense the difference in attitudes. Silva looked very calm, composed and ready while Franklin on the other hand came out looking pissed and uptight.

Anderson Silva dominated Rich Franklin from start to finish as he utilized a devastating Thai clinch. In one exchange Franklin was able to land a couple of shots but that was the beginning of the end. Silva worked hard knees to the body and head before momentarily releasing his grip. When he grabbed back on he fired off a knee that landed square to the face and broke Franklin’s nose and sent him crumbling to the canvas.

Afterwards Silva was very emotional as he was crowned the new UFC middleweight champion of the world. Franklin was very humble and he assured fans that he’d work his way back up the ranks.

In other action, Clay Guida put on a ground and pound clinch and he went to work on Justin James choked him out late in the second round after working some excellent ground and pound.

Yushin Okami moved one step closer to being middleweight contender as he knocked out ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ alumnus Kalib Starnes late in the third round.

Kurt Pellegrino set himself straight tonight after losing in his UFC debut as he choked out Junior Assuncao early in the first round.

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