8 Feb 2009 10:05:59 AM
8 Feb 2009 10:05:59 AM
8 Feb 2009 09:52:39 AM
(Josh, this isn’t really the best time to tell your fishing stories. Photo courtesy of UFC.com)
Last night’s UFC Fight Night show hosted 7,596 fans at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, for an approximate gate of $428,000. A nice-sized chunk of that was re-distributed to the fighters in $30,000 end-of-night bonuses. Taking home the extra chedda were…
Fight of the Night: Josh Neer and Mac Danzig for their breakneck-paced two-round brawl, which saw the Dentist get in Mac’s head with his constant taunting and eventually end the match with a triangle choke.
Submission of the Night: Headliner Joe Lauzon for locking in a brutal armbar on Jeremy Stephens at the end of the second round of their fight, seemingly motivated by the blood that had begun spurting out of his head.
Knockout of the Night: Cain Velasquez, apparently. Though his fight against Denis "The Body" Stojnic was a one-sided drubbing, the stoppage by ref Jorge Ortiz was a bit confusing to the fighters as well as the fans. Stojnic wasn’t exactly "knocked out"; he was just turtled for a little too long as Velasquez pawed at him, and initially mistook the stoppage for a referee standup. Still, it was enough to get Velasquez another win, and increase his record to 5-0.
Full results from the event are after the jump.Read More DIGG THIS
7 Feb 2009 17:52:26 PM
(Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle.)
We’re closing in on the start time for UFC Fight Night 17, an event whose fairly mediocre lineup threatens to be hopelessly overshadowed by the tornado of MMA controversy and news. But no matter, there are free fights on and we’re going to enjoy ourselves, dammit.
Hit refresh often and don’t bring me down with your bitching about how Jeremy Stephens isn’t a main event fighter. He is tonight. Think positive!Read More DIGG THIS
6 Feb 2009 15:08:04 PM
(God help the man who tries to get away with a little extra grease on this fight card.)
It’s been a while since we’ve made predictions for a fight that are so incredibly detailed and specific that they can’t possibly be accurate (or can they?), but with UFC Fight Night 17 just a day away it seems like the perfect time to a little prognosticating.
The fighters weighed in this afternoon, so now all that’s left is to find some way of making people forget about Vaseline and Strikeforce for just a couple of hours. Coincidentally, “Forget About Vaseline and Strikeforce” is also the title of my forthcoming tell-all memoir. I think it’s going to do well. I really do.
J-Lau seems like he might be setting himself up for a fall by talking about how quick and easy this fight is going to be. At least, that’s how it would happen if life were like sports movies. It isn’t, though. In real life the Bad News Bears remain a rag-tag group of losing rapscallions all season long and Coach Buttermaker ends the season as a sex offender with ten percent liver function. Sorry, but that’s the reality, people. Lauzon wins this with his superior jiu-jitsu, catching Stephens in a rear naked choke after mounting him and punishing him with a few bony elbows.
When Will It Happen: 3:51 of round 1.
What to Watch For: The post-fight interview, where Lauzon calls out Hermes Franca for his UG comments and picks a much tougher fight for himself in the process.Read More DIGG THIS
5 Feb 2009 16:30:59 PM
(Will "Rumble" Johnson crumple another opponent into a carry-on sized hunk of meat? Magic eight ball says, "All signs point to yes.")
Between greasing controversies and the Strikeforce purchase of Pro Elite, we certainly hope you haven’t forgotten about UFC Fight Night 17 on Spike this Saturday. Ah, who are we kidding, you’re not going to forget. It’s a night of free fights, and we’ll be liveblogging it! What more could you want?
Well, for starters, how about the opportunity to parlay that cash you won’t be spending on a pay-per-view (for a change) into big winnings with our helpful betting guide? Yeah, that sounds nice, doesn’t it? Odds come courtesy of BestFightOdds.com, as usual.
Joe Lauzon (-175) vs. Jeremy Stephens (+166)
Cain Velasquez (-550) vs. Denis Stojnic (+501)
Mac Danzig (-120) vs. Josh Neer (+120)
Luigi Fioravanti (+276) vs. Anthony Johnson (-285)
Kurt Pellegrino (-200) vs. Rob Emerson (+191)
Dan Miller (-165) vs. Jake Rosholt (+186)
Matt Grice (-145) vs. Matt Veach (+141)
Gleison Tibau (-115) vs. Rich Clementi (+105)
Nick Catone (-220) vs. Derek Downey (+206)
Steve Bruno (+105) vs. Matt Riddle (-115)
Thoughts…Read More DIGG THIS
5 Feb 2009 10:23:56 AM
Judging by his feud with Hermes Franca on the UG, Joe Lauzon is a nice enough guy until you say something about his brother. That’s a line you probably shouldn’t cross with him apparently, and once you do you’ve made yourself an instant enemy.
In our exclusive interview Lauzon talks about how the bad blood erupted on the UG, just how pissed off he really was, and what he thinks of Jeremy Stephens’ plan to break his will at UFC Fight Night 17 this Saturday.
CagePotato.com: So how serious was this beef with Hermes Franca?
It was serious on my end. I take it personally when he comes at my brother like that. Basically, he hurt his knee and couldn’t fight, so I said how sorry I was to hear it, hope he heals up, best of luck, all that, and maybe we can fight somewhere down the line.
And then he starts calling me “the luckiest motherfucker alive,” saying that after he saw how much my brother sucks he couldn’t wait to fight me, stuff that’s just completely uncalled for. I’m saying, ‘sorry to hear about your knee,’ and he’s saying, ‘you suck.’ That’s just complete trash.
Do you think he might have been joking, like a lot of people suggested?
I don’t think so. He called me the luckiest motherfucker alive. I just ignored that, whatever. I signed my post Joe “The Luckiest Motherfucker Alive” Lauzon, and let it go. I didn’t say anything after that. Totally let it go. Then he comes back talking about how much my brother sucks, and it wasn’t a joking kind of thing. If you’re joking, you don’t say stuff about someone’s family like that, just so direct. That’s just not something you do.Read More DIGG THIS
5 Feb 2009 08:51:29 AM
(Stephens works for a guillotine against Spencer Fisher at the TUF 7 Finale.)
On Saturday night, Des Moines, Iowa’s Jeremy Stephens will step in to the Octagon to take the place of his friend and training partner, Hermes Franca, in a main event bout against Joe Lauzon. Things got personal between Franca and Lauzon in an internet forum feud, so it seems only fitting that a friend of Franca be the one to replace him in an attempt to win bragging rights for his side.
In our exclusive interview Stephens talks about what this fight means, how it will be won, and what’s next for the “Lil’ Heathen” in the UFC.
CagePotato.com: You’re stepping in for Hermes Franca on somewhat short notice, but you were training with him to help him prepare for Lauzon, right?
Yeah. I was down in South Beach training with him, and in Ft. Lauderdale, as well. I travel a lot to train.
How did you guys get hooked up? And is that why the UFC asked you to step in for him, because you guys were training partners?
No, we have the same manager. My manager, when he mentioned that he had Hermes, I said, ‘He’s a great fighter. I’d love to train with him.’ And when he told Hermes that he had signed me, Hermes said he had a fight coming up and he was going out to San Diego to train and since I had a fight coming up too we connected out there and started training together.
But when he got hurt I actually called up my manager, Reed Wallace, and requested the fight with Joe Lauzon.
Did it have anything to do with the little feud that erupted between Joe and Hermes on the UG?Read More DIGG THIS
5 Feb 2009 07:29:13 AM
(Props: MMA Mania)
Hey, look who’s getting into the video blog act — it’s Joe Lauzon, who lets us into his world as he flies from Boston to Tampa to take on Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 17. Him and his crew gawk at Tiffani Amber Thiessen, visit Gracie Tampa, do a news spot with Rich Clementi…and that’s about it. Maybe he’ll have a shock pen in tomorrow’s episode and things will really get interesting. Below: New UFC signee Jake Rosholt gives RawVegas.tv a tour of his house in Las Vegas, which contains about as many live animals as dead ones; watch to the end and you’ll see the most amazing pet trick ever.
27 Jan 2009 16:35:23 PM
(Watch out for the uppercut, Joe)
Give the UFC this much, they don’t wait until the last minute to secure a replacement when someone goes down with an injury. Earlier today we told you about Hermes Franca pulling out of his main event bout with Joe Lauzon and then starting a bizarre internet rivalry. This afternoon UFC.com announced that Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens would be taking Franca’s place on Feb. 7.
You might remember Stephens as the guy who was on his way to losing a decision against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 91 before he unfurled a murderous uppercut in the third round that knocked Dos Anjos out cold (see above). It was an exciting finish that made us remember him and the totally sweet nickname "Lil’ Heathen" (even though it rhymes with his last name and we kind of hate that), but Stephens vs. Lauzon still feels like exactly what it is: a replacement bout.Read More DIGG THIS
27 Jan 2009 08:47:35 AM
(You just hate to see a guy like Franca sidelined for anything other than a steroid suspension or drunk-driving arrest.)
UFC lightweight Hermes Franca has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout with Joe Lauzon at Fight Night 17 on Feb. 7 due to a torn ACL, according to a post by Franca on the UG. Franca said he injured the knee last Saturday and will now have it repaired. He added:
Thank you UFC,my fans, friends for the support, i was training hard and i was so excited ,but there’s nothing i can do, (could be worse), so Hermes franca will take a break for some recovery,and come back stronger than ever like i always do!!!!
Nothing like referring to yourself in the third person to remind everyone that you are a professional athlete. This is the second time in the last week that a scheduled opponent of one of the Lauzon brothers has had to pull out of a fight due to injury. First Chris Horodecki failed his physical exam prior to a fight with Dan Lauzon, which meant “The Upgrade” had to face “Frantic” Bobby Green and get his testicles jostled. Now Franca is hurt and the UFC will have to find a replacement to take on Joe Lauzon.
Lauzon, replying to Franca’s post, expressed his disappointment at the news and wished Franca a speedy recovery, real gentleman-like. Then things got a little weird on the ol’ internets, with this remark from Franca:Read More DIGG THIS