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SRN Rewind: Javier Vazquez
By: Jack Encarnacao
Javier Vazquez had a UFC contract in his fax machine the night he went out to defend his King of the Cage lightweight title against Alberto Crane in 2003. He promised a promoter he'd do the fight, and he more than stuck to his word.Read more
In what ESPN.com called the most inspiring MMA performance of the decade, Vazquez went the distance with Crane despite tearing his ACL in the first round. He fell every time he tried to punch. He never fought under that UFC contract.
It's emotional for Vazquez to watch that fight still today. It represents a visceral turning point for a gifted grappler and once buzzed-about contender.
Sunday on the Sherdog Radio Network "Rewind," Vazquez joins host Jack Encarnacao in the Sitdown to chart his journey in MMA and jiu-jitsu, an under-appreciated run. And, more than a year after finally making his UFC debut, "Showtime" makes an announcement about his future.
Don't miss a special Rewind, Sunday at 9 pm ET on the Sherdog Radio Network.
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Podcast: Boetsch, Zahabi, Cruickshank, Vazquez
By: Sherdog.com Staff
TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to The Sherdog Radio Network on Wednesday for a packed edition of "Beatdown." Joining them were fighters Tim Boetsch, Daron Cruickshank, Javier Vazquez, and coach Firas Zahabi.Read more
Boetsch is closing in on his final training sessions in preparation for his Dec. 29 showdown with Constantinos Philippou. "The Barbarian" chats about the upcoming middleweight title, his status as top contender for Anderson Silva's title and where the nickname "Barbarian" originated from. The Matt Hume-trained fighter also talks about a potential showdown with Chris Weidman, his original opponent for the UFC 155 card.
Zahabi was in the corner of Rory MacDonald on Saturday night in Seattle for the UFC on Fox 5 card. Zahabi joined "Beatdown" to talk about his charge's impressive decision win over B.J. Penn. Firas breaks down the strategy that was implemented in dismantling a legend of the sport, MacDonald's future and what's next for GSP. The coach considers what challenges Georges St. Pierre would have with guys like Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
Cruickshank was another fighter who impressed viewers of the UFC on Fox 5 card. “The Detroit Superstar” stopped Henry Martinez with a highlight-reel head-kick knockout. Cruickshank joins the show to talk about his win, growing up in a fighting family and the pride he has fighting out of The Motor City.
Vazquez has always been one to speak his mind. The former King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge champion joined De Santis and Sherwood looking for a fight. On Jan. 19 and 20 in Los Angeles, Vasquez’s wife Rose Gracie will be promoting her Gracie U.S. Nationals event as part of the L.A. Fitness Expo. Vazquez issued an invitation to world champion grapplers to join him in a four-man 155-pound tournament where you only advance if you can submit your opponent. "Showtime" breaks down what he feels is wrong with sport jiu-jitsu and why he would like to compete with some of the world's best under his set of rules.
TJ and Jeff also take a look at the sport's current events, including what fans think of Benson Henderson being considered as Fighter of the Year for 2012. Check out the show here
Podcast: Javier Vazquez, Joey Oddessa
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” show returned Sunday with two new hours.Read more
Veteran fighter Javier Vazquez joined host Jack Encarnacao to discuss Saturday’s UFC on Fuel TV 5 card in the “Pro’s Perspective” segment. On this week’s “Sitdown,” Joey “Bagels” Oddessa spoke about gambling and his career as an MMA and boxing oddsmaker.
Check out the “Rewind” here.
Radio: Story, Lentz, Vazquez, 'King Mo'
By: TJ De Santis
The Sherdog Radio Network was live Wednesday with brand new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The Savage Dog Show."Read more
Greg Savage and Jeff Sherwood were kept busy during their two-hour session with interviews from Rick Story, Muhammed Lawal, and Javier Vazquez. Lawal and Story chatted about their upcoming fights, while Javier Vazquez chatted about his showdown with Joe Stevenson as well as the current state of judging in mixed martial arts. "Showtime" had some choice words for Nevada's executive director Keith Kizer.
Lutfi Sariahmed returned to The SRN for Wednesday's edition of "Beatdown." Joining him was UFC lightweight contender Nik Lentz.
Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.
With Win Over Mendes, Vazquez Wants Title Shot
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Javier Vazquez, on Monday’s “Beatdown,” discussing whether a win over Chad Mendes at WEC 52 on Nov. 11 should earn him a featherweight title shot:Read more
“I definitely think so. I definitely feel that the WEC has a lot of confidence in me. … I think I’m getting to the point where I’m getting very ready for a title shot. I feel that if I submit Chad Mendes or finish Chad Mendes, I deserve it. If they want to put Mark Hominick in my way, that’s OK too. Who else is there?”
Fine Tuning the WEC after ‘Cruz vs. Benavidez 2’
Joseph Benavidez file photo: Jeff Sherwood | Sherdog.com
World Extreme Cagefighting is pound-for-pound the illest of all mixed martial arts promotions. A lean, mean violence machine, it does nothing but crank out high-quality fights, and just about all of them air on basic cable.
However, even a perfect machine needs some fine tuning every now and then. With that in mind, here are some moves our boys at the WEC need to focus their grind on.
Flyweights. Now. Please.
In one fell swoop, the WEC could easily put together the best flyweight division in the world. It already has Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson with which to start, and something tells me guys like Pat Runez, John Dodson and Alexis Vila will not be hard to land since they are all stuck fighting in regional promotions.
As for Shooto’s considerable contingent of outstanding 125-pound fighters, it’s well known that top-ranked flyweight Jussier “Formiga” da Silva is desperate to fight in America. On Thursday, he signed a multi-fight deal with Tachi Palace Fights in California. Assuming the likes of Shinichi “BJ” Kojima, Mamoru Yamaguchi and Yasuhiro Urushitani are also willing to leave the comforts of home, they could jump to the States for a pay raise. Even the WEC’s modest contracts would be a worthwhile hike over Shooto’s notoriously stingy payroll.
When the WEC tried to make featherweight and bantamweight money-making divisions, it took it a long time to get all of the world’s best talent under one roof. Replicating that feat in the flyweight division would be much easier, and it sets up another move that seems long overdue. Read more
Matches to Make after WEC 50
Joseph Benavidez file photo: Sherdog.com
The favorite sport of Norman Mailer’s ghost brought serious game in the form of WEC 50 on Wednesday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. As usual, the post-fight afterglow calls for some beard-tastic matchmaking, and I’m the one to keep it extra grizzled.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m sick and tired of the WEC not employing a flyweight division, especially when a match between Benavidez and Johnson would be the perfect debut for this weight class. There are plenty of great flyweights out there for the taking, but using a couple of homegrown fighters to get the division off the ground seems like an easy sell.
In Benavidez’s two bouts with Dominick Cruz and in Johnson’s match with Brad Pickett, their talent was every bit as obvious as the massive size disparity with which they deal as bantamweights. Giving them the opportunity to cut an extra 10 pounds and show what they can do against someone their own size would serve up a guaranteed “Fight of the Night” candidate. Read more
UFC Announces Grappling Superfights
By: Mike Fridley
The UFC on Tuesday made public its plans to host four grappling bouts at the 2010 UFC Fan Expo, which takes place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., on May 28 and 29.
“For grappling fans, this is an awesome opportunity to see some of the world’s best ground fighters compete against one another,” stated UFC President Dana White in a press release.
May 28 Bouts:
Shayna Baszler vs. Penny Thomas
Hermes Franca vs. Bill Cooper
May 29 Bouts:
Caol Uno vs. Fredson Paixao
Javier Vazquez vs. Jeff Glover
Seating for the bouts will be limited and handled on a first come, first served basis, according to the press release. Tickets for the two-day expo are on sale now at UFCFanExpo.com. Read more
Vazquez: Takedown 'Mandatory' in Pulver Bout
Javier Vazquez is hoping a new camp and key takedowns will deliver him the victory in his featherweight bout against former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver this Saturday at WEC 47 in Columbus, Ohio.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, who's been on the losing end of two split decision nods in the promotion, will hunt for the finish on the mat against Pulver, known for his potent left hand. "Showtime" talks strategy and what it will take to get his first win inside the WEC.
Vazquez also touches on his preparation since leaving Millenia Fight Team to work with Erik Paulson.
Vasquez-Davis Moved to WEC 42
By: TJ De Santis
Javier Vazquez will square off against IFL veteran L.C. Davis in a featherweight bout on Aug. 9 at WEC 42 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.Read more
The bout had originally been scheduled to take place at Affliction “Trilogy” on Aug. 1 in Anaheim, Calif. However, Affliction cancelled the event on July 24.
Vazquez, a former King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge champion, said the bout will kick off a five-fight contract he agreed to with the promotion on Thursday.