- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter5 hrs ago
UFC lightweight star Joe Lauzon always planned to take a lot of time off from competition to make way for the birth of he and his wife's son. Lauzon got back in the win column with an exciting decision over Mac Danzig last December and carved out time to help get his soon-coming son Joey on his feet before taking another fight. Joe and his wife had no idea how involved and scary things would get, however. In the first week of January, 2014, Joey Lauzon was born - bright, beautiful but already struggling more than any baby deserves to. Joey was born with a cancer called Neuroblastoma. He couldn't leave the hospital for a long time and had to begin chemo-therapy at just days old. Doctors were worried that the large tumor in his back might even sever his spinal cord. The stress and danger to their newborn son was seemingly all-encompassing for months. Lauzon says it was the most trying time of his life. "Definitely," he tells Cagewriter about a week before he is set to make his Octagon return Sep. 5 on the UFC Fight Night main card against Michael Chiesa. "At least, early on. Things have been really good since March. Since march sit and wait kind of deal. We’ve been really lucky The first two months we were completely helpless. We couldn’t do anything. "It is really weird being so helpless because I'm used to taking an active role and getting things done, dealing with things head-on. All we could do was go to the hospital every day, do what the doctors said. "There’s really no great way to cope on it. You just try to stay positive and informed every single day. There were a lot of things I couldn’t change. I can't take cancer away. So, I just tried to be there for Katie - who was there all day, every day. We had tons of help from friends and family as well." Needless to say, during this time MMA was not the most important thing on Lauzon's mind. In fact, at one point he wasn't sure if he would ever make a return to MMA competition.
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter8 hrs ago
These days, UFC events come fast and often. UFC 177 was this past Saturday but this coming Friday there will be another UFC card taking place.
UFC Fight Night: Mashantucket will feature a main event between middleweight contenders Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Gegard Mousasi, a heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Ben Rothwell and a featured bout between exciting lightweights Joe Lauzon and Michael Chiesa.
If you're surprised to have learned of this card just now, make sure to check out the Countdown special above, which takes you inside the camps of some of this Fight Night's biggest stars.
Then, stay with us all week for more coverage of the Fight Night fighters and the event itself, on Friday night.
UFC lightweight Bobby Green recently recounted a series of incidents he says happened at a UFC Fan Expo where fellow lightweight Donald Cerrone harassed female fans and said racist remarks. In a newinterview with Sherdog, Cerrone dismissed the stories and the characterizations of him as a sexist, racist bully.
"That was two years ago, ya' know? Why didn't any of this come out?" Cerrone said of the alleged incidents.
"Why didn't a fan file a lawsuit or say, 'Yo, Cowboy is groping my wife,' c'mon. Or racist comments...I have three black guys that live with me. So if I was racist, I couldn't even let something like that.
"it's just funny to me. Talk all you want. If the fans want to believe him, go ahead. If you take Bobby Green's word, a guy who just wants to say dumb comments...I got nothing to say to the guy other than one day I'll see you Bobby Green."
Former UFC star Roger Huerta snapped a four-year losing streak today in Dubai, with a first round TKO stoppage over Christian Holley. Huerta got the fight to the ground early and transitioned to the back of Holley, where he threw punches until the referee was forced to stop the fight.
“El Matador” had not fought in over two years. Post-fight, Huerta admitted that he very nearly walked away from the sport of MMA for good, though he credits his teammates to getting him back into competition.
“I owe it to them,” he said.
“I almost hung it up. I almost retired I almost didn’t want to do it. “
New champions at featherweight and welterweight
Later in the ONE FC 19 card, Jadamba Narantungalag stole the featherweight title from Koji Oishi via unanimous decision. Narantungalag was the more active fighter and, save for a scare in the third round where he was stunned by strikes, he managed to control the pace and do the most damage over five rounds.
UFC lightweight star Joe Lauzon is hard at work to prepare for his Octagon return Sep. 5 but he took a break from training to sit down with Cagewriter editor Elias Cepeda to break down the main event and co-main event of this Saturday's UFC 177 card. In the main event, Renan Barao and champion TJ Dillashaw rematch their bantamweight title bout from last May.
In the co-main, Dillashaw's teammate Danny Castillo fights the red-hot Tony Ferguson. Check out Lauzon and Cepeda's picks and analysis below and then let us know who ya got, in the comments section!
Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw
Elias Cepeda: I've already said it - I don't like this rematch. At least, not right now. into camp for the rematch, and there's no telling how much additional damage he's taken in camp.
Kamal Shalorus (9-3) was born and raised with wrestling all around him. Growing up near the wrestling hot-bed of Azerbaijan, Shalorus had both the intense Iranian and Russian wrestling cultures pushing in on him as a young man.
The wrestling passion of the region became his, and he used it to lift himself up, professionally. He would go on to represent Britain’s wrestling team at the 2004 summer games, and later become a top MMA fighter.
Kamal’s parents had no problem accepting his career as a wrestler, but fighting in a cage with less rules seemed more foreign to them, at first. “Wrestling, they knew, so they were very supportive,” he tells Cagewriter.
“But MMA, well, my mom was a lot more nervous about that (laughs). But now they see what it is and understand it a bit more.”
It took Shalorus some time himself to begin to fully understand MMA. He first got into the sport as a training partner for MMA fighters to better their wrestling, but soon realize that he was good enough to step into a second career as well.
“The transition was definitely challenging, especially the striking, but I enjoyed it and it ultimately came natural to me,” he says.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing5 days ago
Several Mexican boxing legends recently took some time to talk about the Argentine of the moment - Marcos Maidana. Last May, "El Chino" went the distance with pound-for-pound boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr., before losing a decision.
On Sep. 13 the two will rematch. Whether Maidana can once more test Mayweather or not, he's already earned the respect of several Mexican boxing greats. Julio Cesar Chavez, Israel Vazquez, Erik Morales and former 154 pound champ Raul Marquez all had great praise for Maidana.
Speaking of characteristics stereotypically associated with Mexican fighters, all four Mexicanos seem to see a bit of themselves in Maidana. "I must confess I was amazed to see how courageous Maidana was. He squared up in front of Mayweather and just went at it with everything he had," Chavez said.
Rory MacDonald will fight Tarec Saffiedine Oct. 4 in Canada in a match that was put together, in large part, because of Saffiedine's calling out of "Ares." MacDonald was happy to sign on the dotted line to fight Saffiedine, but he says he couldn't have cared less about getting called out.
"I don't really think about it, to be completely honest," MacDonald said in a recent MMA Fighting interview.
The Canadian contender says he's got bigger goals than opponents like Saffiedine. "My hope is just to be fighting for the championship," he explained.
"I don't really care about people who are ranked below me or whatever. I just want the belt. If other people are calling me out, that's OK. That's on them."
UFC president Dana White just released the first of his video blogs (about UFC 175) that he's released in a long time, and it's a good 'un. Uncle Dana says that he thinks it's one of the "most powerful" vlogs he's ever released, and he may be right.
in this one you'll see heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Stefan Struve go from would-be foes to consoling friends, after Struve was forced by doctors to pull out of his fight against Mitrione because he nearly fainted back stage at UFC 175. You'll also see middleweight Uriah Hall deal with the pain of having his broken foot re-set and Ronda Rousey's hand looking darn near exploded after the wraps are taken off.
This blog is definitely not one to miss so check it out and let us know what you think was the most memorable moment in the comments section!
- Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter6 days ago
Bethe Correia believes that, sometimes, confidence is more important than physical ability. Take, for example, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
The Brazilian Correia is now 2-0 in the UFC's bantamweight division and will fight Rousey's friend and teammate Shayna Baszler Saturday at UFC 177. Though Correia respects Rousey's skills, she believes that the reason the "Rowdy" one has been able to dominate in MMA thus far is because she's simply more confident than her opponents.
"It’s not that she’s better than the opponents she’s fought, but they don’t believe in themselves," she said in arecent interview with Guilherme Cruz.
"Her look shows it. They don’t feel they are better than Ronda. Ronda has this aura that she’s unbeatable. She needs to face someone that looks into her eyes and says ‘you can’t beat me.’"