Joe Lauzon out of action until Spring 2010

On March 6th UFC lightweight prospect Joe Lauzon (18-4) had ACL surgery and his meniscus repaired on his right knee. Although “J-Lau’s” recovery is going very well, he will most likely be out of action at least until the Spring of 2010.

In a statement PRO MMA (promma.info) received today, Lauzon commented on the surgery, “Everything went as scheduled. My meniscus was repaired and the ACL cadaver grafting was successful. My doctor was very happy and optimistic that my knee will be strong. Right now, I’m walking around like a normal person; no training but I’m doing some light jogging, leg presses and squats. I’m going to lose muscle in the leg. Range of motion is the key right now. I can completely straighten my leg. I can bend it 135 degrees and 150 is normal.”

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Josh Neer inks new four fight deal with UFC

Although the UFC has been cleaning house lately by letting go a number of fighters, one person not on the hit list is Josh “The Dentist” Neer (25-7-1). In fact, Neer, who just dismantled ‘The Ultimate Fighter 6’ winner, Mac Danzig (18-6-1) at UFC Fight Night 17 with a dominating performance ending in a second round submission, has just signed a brand new four-fight contract with the UFC.

Neer’s manager, Mickey Dubberly Jr, gave this statement today to PRO MMA (promma.info) via email:

We are very pleased to announce that Josh Neer has inked a new 4 fight deal with the UFC. We currently do not know who Josh’s next opponent will be, but Josh will fight ANYONE the UFC puts him up against. We would like to thank the UFC for being very supportive of Josh throughout his career, and awarding his hard work with a new contract. The UFC is where Josh wants to fight, and we will let everyone know who the next opponent will be. Josh is more focused than ever and is looking forward to his next fight in the UFC. Josh wants to thank the UFC, family, friends, fans, and training partners for helping him throughout his career.

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Clay Guida talks win over Nate Diaz at ‘Fight Night’ 17

Top UFC lightweight prospect, Clay Guida, stopped by Pro MMA Radio on Monday night to talk about his fighting style, the UFC judges, and his most recent fight with Nate Diaz.

Here are some highlights on their discussion:

UFC lightweight Clay Guida is considered by many as one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC today. Clay is fresh off his win at UFC 94 against the very tough and versatile Nate Diaz.

Guida won a controversial split-decision that many thought Diaz won. Guida thought he should have won a unanimous decision and stated his displeasure with certain judges, ” … I think some judges kinda need to go back and look at grappling and look at the control a little but more…”

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It’s house cleaning time again for UFC

Clementi gets 'no love' from UFC

It is house cleaning time again for the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion. It has been reported that the UFC has released veteran Rich Clementi (32-14-1) and ATT fighter, Luigi Fioravanti (14-5) from their contracts. The news comes just days after both fighters were defeated on the UFC Fight Night 17 card.

Clementi gave up a first round submission loss to Gleison Tibau and Fioravanti lost by TKO, also in round one, to Anthony Johnson. The loss was Clementi’s second in a row, having lost to Gray Maynard back at UFC 90 in the fall. However, before the two consecutive defeats, The Ultimate Fighter 4 cast member had won five straight fights including four in the UFC.

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Josh Neer loves punishment

Apparently, Josh Neer did not think his opponent, Mac Danzig, was doing enough damage while laying on top of him at UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, Florida last Saturday. So to fulfill his need to feel more punishment, Neer decides to do a little ground and pound TO HIMSELF. How does CompuStrike count this … Read more

UFC Fight Night 17 live gate and bonuses

A crowd of 7,596 enthusiastic fans flocked to the USF Sundome to witness the UFC’s first venture into Tampa. UFC Fight Night 17, headlined by Joe Lauzon and Jeremy Stephens, raked in a live gate of $428,000. The final figures should be released by the Florida State Boxing Commission some time next week.

The last major MMA event held in Florida had been EliteXC’s “Heat” at the Bank Atlantic Center. EliteXC’s final card under the guide of Jeremy Lappen and Jared “Skala” Shaw attracted 7,701 spectators to Sunrise, FL. and fetched a live gate of $677,793 and 847 of those seats had been given out as “comped” tickets.

After UFC Fight Night 17 concluded, Dana White spoke to the St. Petersburg Times and informed them that the UFC will return to Tampa in 2010.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 – summary & results

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 took place in Tampa, Florida tonight, Saturday, February 7, 2009.

After last weekend produced a card with not one submission, tonight there were a hand full of beautiful technical chokes and a great armbar by Joe Lauzon in the main event. Lauzon fought a very tough Jeremy Stephens. Stephens was looking to take off Joe’s head but had to settle for just a little blood. Lauzon plays it smart, gets Stephens to the ground and uses his grappling prowess to get the win. Great job Joe!

Here are the results of the entire card and a summary of the televised fights.

UFC Fight Night 17 results:
Matt Riddle def. Steve Bruno by unanimous decision in rd 3
Nick Catone def. Derek Downey by submission (keylock) in rd 2
Gleison Tibau def. Rich Clementi by submission (guillotine) in rd 1
Matt Veach def. Matt Grice by TKO (strikes) in rd 1
Dan Miller def. Jake Rosholt by submission (guillotine) in rd 1
Kurt Pellegrino def. Rob Emerson by submission (RNC) in rd 2
Anthony Johnson def. Luigi Fioravanti by TKO in rd 1
Josh Neer def. Mac Danzig by submission (triangle choke) in rd 2
Cain Velasquez def. Denis Stojnic by TKO (strikes) in rd 2
Joe Lauzon def. Jeremy Stephens by submission (armbar) in rd 2

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Fighters make weight for UFC Fight Night 17

All fighters for UFC FIGHT NIGHT 17 made weight today although Josh Neer and Rich Clementi both weighed in at 156.5 on their first attempt. The main event will feature Jeremy Stephens vs Joe Lauzon. Lauzon was originally slated to fight Hermes Franca, a training partner of Stephens, until he had to pull out due … Read more

Joe Lauzon UFC Fight Night 17 video blog #2

Here’s episode 2 of Joe Lauzon’s UFC Fight Night 17 video blog series. The crew has checked into their hotel as Joe does last minute photo shoots and interviews before his big night. Bets are made, pranks are played, but the star of this episode has to be Chess Game Fight Gear fighter, Chuck O’Neils … Read more

Joe Lauzon’s UFC Fight Night 17 video blog #1

Here’s Joe Lauzon in his UFC Fight Night 17 video blog #1 as he takes off from Massachusetts, flies to Tampa for some final preparations for his main event fight this Saturday night against Jeremy Stephens. Look for new Chess Game Fight Gear sponsor Chuck O’Neil in Joe’s crew….word is he will be dancing in … Read more