Mike Dolce. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Dan Ferrer became World Championship Fighting’s first-ever featherweight champion Saturday after submitting promotional poster boy Dan Bonnell with a kimura in the first round of their main event bout at WCF 6. The win was Ferrer’s second in as many fights.
On the undercard, “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus and Team Quest product Mike Dolce scored a controversial stoppage of seasoned veteran Nuri Shakur while 2004 judo Olympian Rick Hawn earned his second professional victory with a knockout of MMA newcomer Billy Flynn.
Complete results from the event:
Dan Ferrer def. Dan Bonnell - Submission (Kimura), R1
Mike Dolce def. Nuri Shakir - TKO (Strikes), R2
Greg Rebello def. Shawn DePaul - Unanimous Decision
Glenn Brown def. John Benoit - Unanimous Decision
Damien Trites def. Jose Lopez - Submission (Triangle Choke), R1
Scott Rehm def. Stephen Stengel - TKO (Injury), R1
Anthony Leone def. Chris Grandmaison - Unanimous Decision
Ryan Quinn def. Travis Coyle - Unanimous Decision
Jimmy Grant def. Nik Patnaude - Unanimous Decision
Rick Hawn def. Billy Flynn - KO (Punch), R1
Nick Evangelous def. Dymitri Shevchenko - Submission (Heel Hook), R1
Jay Fortier def. Robby Roberts - Submission (Armbar), R1
Jeff Remmick def. Josh Mellen - Submission (Triangle Choke), R1
David “Tank” Abbott. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
Here are your news and notes for the evening of February 19, 2009.
Dan Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
BOSTON, MASS. - On Nov 14, 2008, UFC Veteran Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon makes his much anticipated return to World Championship Fighting when he takes on Justin “Sledge” Hammerstrom at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA.
Lauzon has been on an absolute tear in the last eighteen months, having won six fights in a row, three of them in the WCF. His recent winning streak was enough to earn him a fight with fellow prospect Chris Horodecki on a pay-per-view event in January of 2009.
When asked why he’d take a fight in the WCF when he has a Pay-Per-View fight lined up for early 2009, Lauzon responded “I really wanted to stay sharp and keep my momentum. I’ve fought for them [WCF] three times now and they take great care of me, and I love fighting for them in front of their fans and my friends and family. These (Boston) fans really are the best sports fans in the world.” He then acknowledged his opponent by saying, “Justin is a really tough veteran, and a former champion. It would be a huge mistake for me to look past him. He’ll see the best Dan Lauzon on November 14.”
Boston, Mass - Fans at the Shriners auditorium were once again treated to a night of stunning submissions and lightning quick knockouts as World Championship Fighting produced its fourth show in the past year. The night’s festivities kicked off with a special autograph session including UFC Fighters: Marcus “the Irish Hand Grenade” Davis, Kenny “KenFlo” Florian, Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon, Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon, WEC featherweight contender Josh “The Fluke” Grispi and Internet Legend Sean “The Gladiator” Gannon the only man to beat Kimbo Slice.
Sam Hoger. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Hide your beanies and shirts. After stepping away from active competition for the last sixteen months, “Ultimate Fighter” season one alumnus Sam Hoger will return to action at World Championship Fighting’s next scheduled show on September 19th in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
The organization announced Hoger’s participation in a press release to the media to the today. He will take on Reality Fighting and Extreme Challenge veteran Braden Bice in the show’s main event.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” Hoger in the press release. “It’s been a long time so I just want to get back out there and show everyone what I can do. I’m excited about fighting for World Championship Fighting. They’re one of the biggest shows on the East Coast. I’m not looking past my opponent, but I plan on making big waves in the MMA world again and this will be my first step.”
Hoger was cast as one of the original sixteen cast members featured in the first season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter”. He was defeated in the semifinals of the show by eventual winner Forrest Griffin. After officially entering the UFC, Hoger racked up a record of 2-3, defeating Bobby Southworth and Jeff Newton while dropping decisions to Stephan Bonnar, Rashad Evans, and Lyoto Machida.
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.
A wealth of news and events have developed over the four days that we were sidelined due to those damn server gremlins. Here’s a little recap of everything that has gone on since then. The majority of the news is displayed after the jump.
Frye-Taktarov Booked for YAMMA Pit Fighting
Longtime mixed martial arts veterans Don Frye and Oleg Taktarov will headline the main event at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show, which is slated to take place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ on April 11th.
Frye revealed the news during his weekly appearance on TAGG Radio.
“I hope (YAMMA) made the announcement because I just signed to fight Oleg Taktarov,” Frye said.
Quote courtesy of MMA Junkie.
EliteXC Reveals Complete Card for “Street Certified”
Elite Xtreme Combat has announced the complete card for their upcoming “Street Certified” event, which will take place this Saturday night at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center. The event will be airing on Showtime.
The full card is below:
Tank Abbott vs. Kimbo Slice
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Antonio Silva
Kyle Noke vs. Scott Smith
Yves Edwards vs. Edson Berto
Brett Roges vs. James Thompson
Rafael Feijao vs. John Doyle
Jon Kirk vs. Yosmany Cabezas
Dave Herman vs. Mario Rinaldi
Eric Bradley vs. Mikey Gomez
Mike Berhard vs. Lorenzo Borgameo
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.
World Championship Fighting returns to the Boston area for a brand new season of the best Mixed Martial Arts action on the East Coast!
Last year was a breakout season for World Championship Fighting and 2008 promises to be even bigger with more action, excitement, and the best fighters on the East Coast. Local superstar and UFC veteran Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon returns to the WCF to face what could be his toughest opponent yet in Team Renzo Gracie fighter Andrew Calandrelli.
The action comes to you live Friday, February 8, 2008 at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. In attendance will be our very special guest and President of the UFC Dana White!
Featured fights include:
Dan Lauzon vs. Andrew Calandrelli
Justin Homsey vs. John Franchi
Jamie Campbell vs. Robbie Roberts
Jesse Peterson vs. Leigh MacNeil
John Benoit vs. Justin Hammerstrom
Jonathan Sola vs. Greg Croteau
More fights for this event to be announced soon!
Special Guests expected in Attendance: UFC President: Dana White, UFC Fighters: Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis; Kenny “KenFlo” Florian; Sean “The Gladiator” Gannon; Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera; Pride Fighting Veteran Murilo “Ninja” Rua; Muay Thai Coach Mark DellaGrotte “The Ultimate Fighter 4”; Boxing Coach Peter Welsh “The Ultimate Fighter 2.