News and Notes
- The next WEC show will be March 24th at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- PRIDE has added the following bouts to their upcoming show Pride 33: Second Coming:
* Takanori Gomi vs. Nick Diaz
* Hayato Sakurai vs. Mac Danzig
* Kazuo Misaki vs. Frank Trigg
* Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Travis Wiuff
- Matt Lindland has confirmed through ‘The Fight Network’ that he signed a three-fight deal with BodogFight. All of the fights will take place in the heavyweight division.
- It’s looking like Tito Oritz vs. Forrest Griffin II is a strong possibility for UFC 70 in Manchester.
MMA on Tap has confirmed that KOTC veteran Mac Danzig will fight Hayato Sakurai at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming.
Danzig fought this past weekend at KOTC: Hard Knocks losing a tough split decision victory to PRIDE veteran Clay French. Prior to his loss to French, Danzig was on a tear winning 12 straight fights with victories over the likes of Brandon Olsen, Jason Ireland, and others. With only three losses to his name, it was only a matter of time before Danzig got a shot in the big show, his time has finally come.
Danzig’s opponent will be lightweight contender Hayato Sakurai. Sakurai is a very decorated fighter who has a deep past in both PRIDE and Shooto. Sakurai has won 6 of his last 7 with his only loss coming to the hands of PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi.
It now looks like Nick Diaz will face Takanori Gomi in a non-title bout on the card. Diaz recently signed a contract with PRIDE and it has been announced that he’ll fight on the upcoming PRIDE USA card.
On today’s installment of ‘Names in the Game’ we will take a look at Cleveland, Ohio native Mac Danzig.
Mac Danzig is a lightweight competitor who trains out of Los Angeles, California at Millennia Jiu-Jitsu. Danzig currently holds the lightweight titles in King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge.
Early in his career Danzig spent some time training with R1 fight team which is the home of Rico Chiapparelli and UFC veteran Frank Trigg. Nowadays Danzig improves his game by training at Millennia Jiu-Jitsu, Danzig surrounds himself with top notch fighters on a daily basis. Danzig’s training partners include UFC veterans Gabe Ruediger and John Alessio along with Manny Tapia and Javier Vazquez. Danzig also trains his boxing at Wild Card gym in Hollywood, California with Justin Fortune.
Danzig holds an amateur record of 5-0 with four of his wins coming by submission. He kicked of his professional mixed martial arts career back in October of 2001 when he fought Cedric Stewart at the Extreme Challenge Trials. From there he went on to win two more fights before he hit a bump in the road.
In 2002, Danzig lost his first fight to UFC veteran Kurt Pellegrino. After suffering his first loss, Danzig went 1-1-1 on a three fight stretch where he lost to Laverne Clark and drew Jason Von Flue.
Since that time Danzig has shown a great deal of improvement as he is currently on a 12 fight winning streak and he holds titles in King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge.
Danzig possesses an excellent submission game along with a solid striking arsenal. Of Danzig’s 16 wins, 11 have come by submission. Recently Danzig made his debut in the Professional Submission League which was an excellent avenue for Danzig to showcase his skills.
Danzig’s Professional Submission League debut came against Alan Zborovsky. Danzig was successful in his debut as he took a 6-0 lead before he locked on a choke and finished his opponent.
At this point it’s only a matter of time before a big organization like the UFC, Pride, or the WFA pick up the lightweight stand out. Danzig becomes a free agent in February and it’ll be interesting to see where he goes. Danzig has mentioned Pride USA as a possible avenue. At this point all fingers seem to be pointing to Pride Fighting Championships.
Until then Danzig’s next fight is expected to come January 19th in Chicago, Illinois against Clay French. After that you’re guess is as good as mine.