Tommy Speer. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.
Despite being released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship earlier this week, Tommy Speer, the runner-up of the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, will now apparently head back to the confines of Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting.
Speer revealed the news to the Rochester Post-Bulletin (Minnesota) during a recent interview.
“They’re pumped to have me back because they never wanted to lose me in the first place,” Speer said in the article. “We haven’t talked about the money or length of contract yet, but I’ll definitely be in the WEC. They’re planning to get me on their next big event after their June event, probably in August.”
Speer also noted that while his quick release from the UFC was unexpected and disappointing, his two losses inside the Octagon prove that the WEC might very well be the perfect place for him to sharpen his skills before heading back for another shot at the big show.
“I didn’t agree with it right away; it was depressing news,” Speer said. “But now I know I lost to a great fighter, and he surprised me and everyone by how well he fought. I don’t think it’s too bad of a thing for me to be going to the WEC. There are great fighters there, too. I need to keep learning and working on my game, and the WEC is a great place to do that.”
Speer last fought in the WEC back in May of 2007, knocking out accomplished grappler Sidney Silva in the first round.
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Kenny Florian throws a knee at Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The ‘Battle of Boston’ went in Kenny Florian’s favor last night as he relentlessly pressured fellow Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon before ultimately stopping his foe with an onslaught of unanswered strikes during the latest edition of UFC Fight Night at the at the Broomfield Events Center in Denver, Colorado.
What originally was booked as a friendly matchup between two lightweight contenders slowly evolved into a heated exchange of pre-fight trash talking. The tension between the two was evident from the start of the fight as an intense staredown changed into a quick exchange of punches.
Lauzon quickly down Florian down in the first minute. An unorthodox attempt by Florian to use elbows from the bottom was foiled by referee Herb Dean after one of the blows cut the back of Lauzon’s head open. Florian then used solid submission defense to escape knee bar and heel hook attempts before eventually closing out the round delivering strikes from the top position.
Florian turned up the heat at the start of the second round. A swift body kick led to Florian scoring a takedown and transitioning to half-guard. The veteran of the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” then rained down unanswered punches and elbows on Lauzon for nearly two full minutes. Despite a good job of covering up and limiting damage, Dean decided that Lauzon had enough, moving Florian even closer to another shot at the lightweight title that was once in his reach.
“Joe’s a great competitor and I knew it was gonna be a tough fight,” Florian said after the bout. “That’s what I wanted.”
Ultimate Fighter 6 runner-up Tommy Speer is expected to take on slick striker Anthony Johnson in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 13 in April according to a report from MMA Junkie.
Although nothing is official, bout agreements are expected to be signed by both fighters in the coming weeks.
After a dominating run through the rest of his cast mates on the sixth season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, Speer hit a brick wall when he was quickly submitted by favorite Mac Danzig. Johnson started his career in the UFC off with a bang, literally, when he knocked out Chad Reiner in just 13 seconds at UFC Fight Night 10. Johnson then fell in his next fight when he was submitted via rear naked choke by Rich Clementi at UFC 76.