Weekend Rundown: ‘The Upgrade’ Back in Win Column

By Brian Knapp Oct 4, 2010
Dan Lauzon -- the youngest man ever to compete inside the UFC -- stopped John Ortolani on second-round strikes in the Triumph Fighter 4 “Hostile” main event on Saturday at the Hampshire Dome in Milford, N.H.

Lauzon (left) put an end to a two-fight losing streak with the finish. The 22-year-old younger brother of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 semi-finalist Joe Lauzon was purged from the UFC roster following his unanimous decision loss to Efrain Escudero in May. He made history in his loss to Spencer Fisher in October 2006, when he set foot inside the Octagon at the age of 18.

The 24-year-old Ortolano, a Renzo Gracie New Hampshire representative, splits his time between professional mixed martial arts and professional lacrosse, playing indoor and outdoor lacrosse for the Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League and the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.

Veach Takes CWFC Crown

UFC exile Matt Veach outpointed Kenneth Rosfort-Nees en route to a unanimous decision, as he captured the Cage Warriors Fighting Championships lightweight title in the CWFC 38 headliner on Friday at the HMV Forum in London.

Spawned by the HIT Squad gym, Veach set the tone with a pair of powerful takedowns in the first round and punctuated it with another in the fifth. In between he neutralized Rosfort-Nees with a smothering brand of top control. Veach exacted minimal damage but racked up the points. Rosfort-Nees entered the match on a six-fight winning streak.

A 29-year-old Springfield, Ill., native, Veach has rattled off three consecutive victories since back-to-back submission losses to Paul Kelly and current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar cost him his spot in the UFC.

Other winners at CWFC 38 included Jason Young (unanimous decision over Sergej Grecicho), Che Mills (unanimous decision against Jake Hecht) and Pancrase veteran Danny Batten (unanimous decision over Ismael Padavia).

Hague KOs Wiuff in Canada

Jettisoned UFC heavyweight Tim Hague knocked out journeyman Travis Wiuff in the Aggression MMA 5 “Uprising main event on Friday at the Expo Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Wiuff met his demise 1:50 into round one.

Wiuff scored a quick takedown and worked from inside Hague’s guard, only two have the referee return the two heavyweights to an upright position. Soon after, Hague connected on a thudding body shot and followed with an overhand right that put his foe on one knee. Another monstrous punch dotted the Is and crossed the Ts, as Hague sent Wiuff crashing face-first to the canvas in an unconscious fog.

Hague, 27, has rattled off back-to-back wins since losses to Todd Duffee, Chris Tuchscherer and Joey Beltran resulted in his release from the UFC.

Irvin Weathers Storm, Flattens DeAnda

Former World Extreme Cagefighting heavyweight champion James Irvin survived a serious scare and knocked out Angel DeAnda in the marquee matchup at Rebel Fights “Domination” on Saturday at the Placer County Fair and Events Center in Roseville, Calif. DeAnda went down 1:42 into round one.

DeAnda backed up Irvin with several early combinations. The two men then traded knockdowns, Irvin with a Superman punch and his opponent with a straight right hand. DeAnda nearly finished it against the cage, as he flurried on Irvin with referee Josh Rosenthal hovering above them. Irvin weathered the attack, rose to his feet, ate a few more punches and laid out DeAnda with a right hand.

Irvin entered the match on a three-fight losing streak, having been released by the UFC following his first-round submission defeat to Igor Pokrajac at UFC Live 2 in August.

Quick Hits

Strikeforce veteran Kim Couture submitted mixed martial arts rookie Felicia Wells with a reverse arm-triangle choke in the Absolute Action MMA 5 “Battle Against Breast Cancer” main event on Saturday at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Wells waved the white flag 1:40 into round two. Couture, the ex-wife of UFC hall of famer Randy Couture, has alternated wins and losses in each of her first six professional bouts … Gregor Gracie won for the third time in four appearances, as he submitted Mariusz Linke with a rear-naked choke 2:13 into the first round of their Brick City Fighting Championship “Gracie vs. Linke” headliner on Saturday at the Essex County College Gymnasium in Newark, N.J. … In the C3 Fights “Red River Rivalry” main event, Shooto veteran Mario Stapel needed just nine seconds to knock out Jake Hall at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Okla. Known more for his submission prowess, Stapel has delivered three wins in his past four bouts.
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