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WCF Fishin’ For Attention


(Dan Lauzon as “Jigsaw”)

World Championship Fighting’s new season is set to kick-off on February 8th. Along with some okay fights, the WCF has already announced they’ll have Dana White’s bald head glaring under the lights that night. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve got another announcement on their website. Seems that “Tapout” – the Versus reality show made by the guys at Tapout that travels around profiling up-and-comers – will be filming at the event as well.

MMA Fightline has a portion of the press release:

World Championship Fighting announces the filming of the “Tapout” reality show at the February 8 event.

The Tapout Crew will be filming another episode of their self-titled reality show on the Versus network at the World Championship Fighting (WCF) event in Wilmington, Mass., on Feb. 8 where Brockton-native Dan Lauzon will be the featured fighter for the episode which documents the Tapout Crew’s quest to search for the best up and coming Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the Country.

As a testament to the phenomenal growth of Mixed Martial Arts, The Tapout Crew went from selling t-shirts out of a trunk in the parking lot at mixed martial arts (MMA) shows in California 10 years ago to building their company into the largest apparel brand in the sport. The Tapout Company now grosses millions of dollars per year, has their own magazine publication, their own television reality show and sponsors many of the top fighters in the world including those in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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Their reality show follows their efforts – and antics – as they chose the latest fighter to sponsor. Members of the Tapout crew were recently featured on a recent CNBC documentary focusing on the MMA industry. The Feb. 8 WCF event takes place just 13 miles north of Boston off of I-93.

In addition to a great night of fights, the WCF event features an autograph signing session for fans as well as a special guest appearance by UFC President Dana White. Ticket holders for the night’s action will have access to a special autograph session including the following UFC and PRIDE Fighting veterans including: Marcus “the Irish Hand Grenade” Davis , Kenny “KenFlo” Florian, , and Jorge “El Conquistador” Rivera, Alex “The Assassin” Karalexis; Sean “The Gladiator” Gannon; Tamden “The Barn Cat” McCrory and Murilo “Ninja” Rua.

Catch the action live Friday, February 8, 2008 at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass.

Why don’t they just call it UFC Fight Night? There will be more UFC peeps there than WCF-ers. But gotta’ hand it to the WCF, they’re pulling out all the stops to get some eyes turned on them. Even better, they could sign some higher-profile fighters. But what do I know, I’m just an ideas man.

The fights:

Dan Lauzon v Andrew Calandrelli
Nuri Shakir v Travis Lerchen
Dan Bonnell v Mark Giove
Luke Czekalski v Larry Kerrigan
Kenny Stone v Leonardo Rodrigues
Reid Homer v Ryan Hackney
Jon Bermudez v Aaron Chidester
Justin Homsey v John Franchi
Jamie Campbell v Robbie Roberts
Jesse Peterson v Leigh MacNeil
John Benoit v Justin Hammerstrom
Jonathan Sola v Greg Croteau

In the main event, Dan Lauzon takes on Andrew Calandrelli (4-2). D-Lau is a former UFC fighter that lost his only UFC fight (to Spencer Fisher), but has performed well since. The 7-2 fighter is the brother of J-Lau and like his winged-ear bro, is a cool personality for the sport. Gotta’ pull for him.

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