L.C. Davis

Davis-Takaya Pulled from Sunday’s WEC


Hiroyuki Takaya. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Just days after World Extreme Cagefighting signed former IFL featherweight title challenger L.C. Davis to a multi-fight deal in order to have him replace an injured Cub Swanson against injured Cub Swanson against highly ranked K-1 veteran Hiroyuki Takaya this Sunday night, the promotion has been forced to cancel the fight completely.

Takaya reportedly turned down Davis as a replacement opponent, although his reasoning behind the decision is not yet known. Swanson suffered a broken hand during a recent training session, leaving him unable to compete at the show. He is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks.

After falling in a IFL featherweight title bid last December, Davis rebounded with a convincing knockout of Rafael Dias at an IFL event in April. Despite struggling as of late and losing three out of his last five bouts, Takaya remains of the top featherweights in the world. Takaya was last upset by UFC convert Leonard Garcia at the WEC’s February event in New Mexico, losing by way of a first-round TKO.

WEC officials will now look to have Davis make his official debut at an event later this year. Sunday’s show in Las Vegas, which features a total of three championship bouts and has Carlos Condit making yet another defense of his welterweight title in the main event, will proceed with only ten fights on the card.

Davis to Replace Swanson Against Takaya


L.C. Davis. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

Former IFL featherweight title challenger L.C. Davis will take the place of an injured Cub Swanson against highly ranked K-1 veteran Hiroyuki Takaya at World Extreme Cagefighting’s upcoming event this weekend in Las Vegas.

The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have confirmed the switch with sources close to both Swanson and Davis. Swanson reportedly suffered a broken hand during a recent training session and will be unable to compete at the event.

After falling in a IFL featherweight title bid last December, Davis rebounded with a convincing knockout of Rafael Dias at an IFL event in April. Despite struggling as of late and losing three out of his last five bouts, Takaya remains of the top featherweights in the world. Takaya was last upset by UFC convert Leonard Garcia at the WEC’s February event in New Mexico, losing by way of a first-round TKO.

Live from Ringside: Observations from the IFL 4/4 Show


Jim Miller landing a punch on Bart Palaszewski. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

The International Fight League returned to the Izod Center in New Jersey tonight, presenting what may very well have been the deepest fight card in the promotion’s history.  It turned out to be very exciting night of fights that included some massive knockouts along with a vicious submission toward the end of the night. 

With the IFL just opening up the lower level of the Izod Center while curtaining the upper, it looked like a great venue.  It was set up a bit differently than the last time the IFL was in town for the League semi-finals last August.  And while the crowd ended up filling 2/3 of the bottom bowl, it was a good deal less than last year’s.  The theme of the night within the crowd seemed to be cheering for the underdog, as each had some very vocal supporters in the crowd.  To my happiness, I had the pleasure of sitting next to some extremely knowledgeable fans who really knew and appreciated the sport.  Thankfully, I didn’t have to sit next to the guy 3 sections over screaming “use the elbows!”, something that is illegal in the IFL.  I’d like to thank Drew and friends for their conversation and knowledge of the sport.  On to the action!

 

 

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Schultz Stops Horodecki in Night of Upsets


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UNCASVILLE - Ryan ?“The Lion? Schultz” knocked out previously undefeated 20-year-old Chris ?“The Polish Hammer”? Horodecki, capping off an exciting night of action with Schultz winning the lightweight championship at the inaugural International Fight League World Grand Prix finals, held tonight in front of 5,731 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Four other championship fights also took place, including victories by Roy ?“Big Country” Nelson at heavyweight, Wagnney Fabiano at featherweight, Jay Hieron at welterweight, and Matt Horwich at middleweight.

The five championships were the most ever contested on one night in North American MMA history.

Schultz took control early in the first round and continued to pound Horodecki before the referee stepped in late in the round to stop the bout. Schultz had been named a late replacement in the title bout after injuries to Horodecki?‘s previous two opponents.

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IFL Grand Prix Finals Live Results

We will be going live at 7:30 PM EST with live results of the IFL World Grand Prix Finals which are taking place this evening at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.

The event features three preliminary bouts and five title fights including a rematch between Ryan Schultz and lightweight phenom Chris Horodecki for the IFL Lightweight Title.

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Live results are shown after the jump.

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IFL Grand Prix Finals Weigh-In Results

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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s IFL Grand Prix Finals are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

Title Bouts:

Chris Horodecki (153 lbs) vs. Ryan Schultz (153 lbs)
Benji Radach (184 lbs) vs Matt Horwich (183 lbs)
Jay Hieron (168 lbs) vs. Delson Heleno (168 lbs)
Roy Nelson (258 lbs) vs. Antoine Jaoude (253 lbs)
L.C. Davis (143 lbs) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (144 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Marcello Salazar (180 lbs) vs. Alex Cook (180 lbs)
Brett Cooper (169 lbs) vs. Rory Markham (170 lbs)
Elias Rivera (181 lbs) vs. Tim Kennedy (186 lbs)

Davis Ready for Challenge Against Fabiano

L.C. Davis prepares to throw a diving right at Jay Estrada during an IFL event in May 2007. Photo provided by IFL. Getty Images.

It’s one thing to be a wrestler going into the sport of mixed martial arts. Throughout history it’s been shown that those with superior wrestling skills have been relatively successful. However it’s a different situation when you are a standout college wrestler and have been deemed by Pat Miletich himself to be the next great fighter in the featherweight division.

That’s the situation L.C. Davis finds himself in. It’s been a little more than a year since Davis quit his job as assistant wrestling coach at Pratt Community College in order to move to Bettendorf, Iowa and train at Miletich Fighting Systems full time. The move has paid off as three days from now, Davis will find himself fighting for a world title just 20 months into his professional career.

Davis is slated to take on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu standout Wagnney Fabiano for the IFL Featherweight Title at the promotion’s Grand Prix Finals this weekend at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The bout will be the first featherweight matchup in IFL history.

Sounds like a lot of pressure, right? Davis doesn’t think so.

“There’s no added pressure going into this bout,” Davis said during a recent interview session. “I’ve been trying not to think about the fact that it’s for a belt too much and it’s worked pretty good so far. I’m just taking this fight like it’s just like any other.”

While Davis may be the superior wrestler in this bout, more talented on the ground than his opponent he is not. Fabiano is widely considered to be one of the top ground specialists in MMA today - all four of his wins in the IFL have come by way of submission.

“My game plan is going to be sprawl and brawl,” said Davis. “I’d like to keep it on the feet. I believe that I’m a more well-rounded fighter than he is and that’s where I can expose him. I’m not worried if the fight goes to the ground though since I feel that I’ll be prepared to hang with him there.”

Regardless of the outcome of the fight, the two will automatically be established as anchors of the new featherweight division. If victorious, Davis can expect to have a chance to defend the championship gold a couple of times in ‘08 due to the IFL’s revamped schedule for next season. None of that matters right now of course, the fight against Fabiano comes first.

“The key to this fight is my ability to adapt to any position,” stated Davis. “I’m confident that I’ll be able to do that. As long as I stick to my strategy and make smart decisions, I don’t see any reason why I won’t come away from this fight victorious.”

Davis is being sponsored for this fight by Premier Fighter. You can check out their selection of shirts, shorts, and hoodies at their official website.

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