UFC Veteran Dan Lauzon ready for last fight of 2008 at WCF5

Nov 12, 2008
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(PRESS RELEASE) -- UFC Veteran Dan "The Upgrade" Lauzon is set to have his final fight of 2008 on November 14th in Wilmington, MA. Lauzon is the youngest fighter to have ever competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at age 18 and is riding a six fight win streak coming into his fight with Justin "Sledge" Hammerstrom. Lauzon was originally slated for an October superfight with IFL veteran Chris Horodecki (Pictures) for the Affliction organization, but when the organization re-scheduled their event for late January, Lauzon was eager to keep busy and accepted a fight in his home state of Massachusetts. Lauzon will weigh-in for the event on Thursday November 13th in Wilmington, MA at 6:00PM. Weigh-ins are open to the public. This fight may be the final time local Massachusetts fans get to see Lauzon fight live before he begins fighting exclusively on Pay-Per-View events Nationwide and Overseas.

World Championship Fighting's Joe Burns interviewed Lauzon and discussed his opponent Justin "Sledge" Hammerstrom, training with his brother current UFC Fighter Joe Lauzon (Pictures), and a host of other topics:

WCF: What do you know about your opponent on Nov 14th, Justin Hammerstrom?

DL: I have seen him fight about 3 or 4 times; he is really good on the ground from what I saw. He has a win over Marco Alvan who is Gabriel Gonzaga (Pictures)'s Jiu-Jistu coach at Team Link. The fight was back and forth on the ground and Marco Alvan is a black belt. So Justin definitely has a good ground game, but I think I am a better wrestler than him. I know I have better stand up than him. The only thing I really have to look out for is being on the ground with him.

WCF: You took this fight on short notice. How was your training camp going?

DL: To be honest, it really didn't change that much. I was already in great shape because I was supposed to be fighting Chris Horodecki (Pictures) in the Affliction show that was scheduled for October 11. When that got pushed back I stayed out of the gym for a little bit but I still wanted to stay in good shape, so when the fight came up I took it. I could still be active, so I took the fight with Justin.

WCF: Who are your training partners and coaches for this fight?

DL: My training partners are Bob Balaschi, Josh Grispi, Chuch O'Neil and of course my brother [Joe Lauzon (Pictures)]. My coaches are Steve Mase, Jeff Pomfret and my brother.

WCF: Have you been working on any specific aspect of your game for your upcoming fight?

DL: No, not really. I haven't been working on anything impractical. I am just going in looking to fight and we'll see where ever the fight takes me. Other than that, I have been really working on my wrestling with my takedowns and sprawl.

WCF: How do you and your brother drive each other to get better?

DL: Well, you know, one of us always wants to one up the other so we are always pushing each other constantly. I want to tap him out and he wants to tap me out. That is the same thing with our boxing. I want to slap him upside the head with a hook and he wants to crack me with a body shot. We are just ultra competitive, so in the long run it just helps our games.

WCF: Did the opening of the gym take away from training?

DL: It has really helped out most of our training because we are in there more and we are teaching the guys now. Since we're in the gym more we're able to spar more with the guys and go over moves and drilling with all the guys is a big help.

WCF: What is like fighting in New England compared to other places around the country?

DL: Fighting with that support at home with all my friends and family there is great. I have fought down in Georgia and all I got was booed. So t is really nice fighting in front of a home crowd.

WCF: Is their any pressure added pressure fighting in front of your home crowd?

DL: I don't feel any pressure fighting with my family and friends being in the crowd. I am undefeated in Massachusetts and I am looking to keep it that way on the 14. With my family and friends there supporting me, it's going to be a good time.

WCF: Do you have any Sponsors or anybody you would like to thank?

DL: Yeah I would like to thank Boston Brawler, Slaying Angels and Sprawl fight short company.

Full Fight Card:

Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov (Sit Yod Tong) vs. Wayne Harnois
Jay Fortier (Burgess) vs. Stephen Stengel
Jerry Spiegel (Pictures) vs. Dan Pasquarella (Team Woo)
Dan Ferrer (Santos) vs. Ethan Kean (Ravenous)
John Benoit (Pictures) (Renzo NH) vs. Bill Jones (Anubis)
Dan Bonnell (Pictures) (Renzo NH) vs. Josh Spearman (Dragon Warrior)
Robbie Roberts (Bruteforce) vs. Jim Pitner (USMMA)
Chad Beane (GMB) vs. Joe McGann (USMMA)
Chris Canale (F1 Fight Team) vs. Greg Rebello (USMMA)
Bobby Dias (Boneyard) vs. Calvin Kattar (Pictures) (Premier Martial Arts)
Dan Lauzon (Pictures) (Aggression) vs. Justin Hammerstrom (Burgess)

*Fight card subject to change.*

More news to be announced soon!

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WHERE: Aleppo Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington, MA 01887
WHEN: Friday, November 14th, 2008. Doors open at 6:30PM, first fight at 7:30PM.

Ticket Prices: $40, $45, $65, $100, $250

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Hotel Accommodations:
Special Fight Night hotel rates for World Championship Fighting 5 fans at the Holiday Inn Express North Andover. Call the hotel directly at 978-975-4050 and ask for the "WCF friends and family" group rate of $65 plus tax, per room, per night. The special "WCF friends and family" group rate is valid November 14th and November 15th.

Holdiay Inn Express North Andover
224 WINTHROP AVE.
LAWRENCE, MA 01843
Phone: 978-975-4050

To book:
- Call the hotel directly at (978) 975-4050 and ask for the "WCF" group rate.
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