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February 20, 2013

Jamie Varner talks return to UFC and plans to chase the lightweight title

Filed under: Interviews,Lead Story,Videos — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:00 PM

varner expo

Fight Nerd correspondent Michael Stets spoke with Jamie Varner at the MMA World Expo to talk about his return to the UFC, the highs and lows of that comeback into the promotion, his plans for a title run in 2013 and signing a new four fight deal with the company. Varner also told us he asked for a match against Rafael Dos Anjos and hopes to get that fight in April or May, and also tells us much more about the lightweight rankings and state of the division.

Apologies for the mono audio track in this video, we had tech issues with the mic at this event.

August 6, 2012

Joe Lauzon Breaks UFC Record for Performance Bonuses

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Peter Lampasona @ 11:00 AM

After a rare double-whammy Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night performance against Jamie Varner at UFC on Fox 4, New England scrapper Joe Lauzon bumped his career total performance bonuses in the UFC to 11, breaking retired lightweight Chris Lytle’s record. The bout, televised live on the Fox main card, was by far the show of the evening.

By the final round of their back and forth battle Lauzon had been staggered multiple times, Varner was throwing with a broken hand and the score cards were dead even. Varner, deprived of one of his hands, switched up to throwing light punches to set up power double-legs. In spite of Lauzon’s touted submission skills, the strategy seemed to be working for Varner to take down and then disengage to seal the final round. Then, Lauzon pulled out a slick triangle that grabbed him the fight and his second performance bonus of the evening.

The results of UFC on Fox 4 brings Lauzon’s total count to six Submission of the Night awards, four Fight of the Night awards and one Knockout of the Night award.

February 24, 2012

Friday Link Party – February 24, 2012

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — Peter Lampasona @ 9:00 AM

The Middle Easy network delivers an exclusive interview with the legendary Peter Aerts.

Peter’s whole career has been full of hefty challenges, and in his final fight it will be no different, as he challenges the young and dangerous Tyrone Spong. The question was burning in my mind, why would Peter Aerts take such a tough opponent for his last fight, although he made the answer sound so simple.

“Because he’s a good fighter,” Aerts simply stated. “I prefer to fight my last fight against a good fighter.” It was incredibly simple, yet so incredibly Aerts. There have been many doubting Aerts over the past few years, wondering why he is competing against the best still, but his 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix run showed what he was made of and why, even when faced with retirement, Peter Aerts will be challenging himself. It almost feels surreal to imagine Kickboxing without Mr. K-1, and a part of me wondered if K-1 were to announce that they were back and running a Heavyweight World Grand Prix, would you he in?

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani takes a walk through the streets of Tokyo with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

Cage Potato’s cup runneth over with GIFs of Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar.

The folks at Fight Opinion give a full breakdown of the news leading to UFC 144.

MMA Mania reviews the new Spike TV show MMA Uncensored.

MMA Convert breaks down the unsung heroes of the UFC 144 undercard.

Kyle Symes of Bleacher Report laments the retirement of some fighters the sport will miss.

TUF winner Diego Brandao set to compete at UFC 146, Five Ounces of Pain reports.

Lowkick present the full UFC 144 pre-fight media package.

Joe Lauzon tours Japan in his video blog and Fightline reports.

MMAPayout reports on the Nevada Culinary Workers Union calling on NSAC to adopt MMA “Bill of Rights”

January 11, 2012

“UFC 136: Ultimate two-disc edition” DVD Review

UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar earned his shot at the gold, and after tearing it off of the waist of BJ Penn, he found himself face to face with an old rival. The only man to defeat Edgar, Gray Maynard challenged Edgar for the title at UFC 125 in January, with the bout ending in a draw.

UFC President Dana White immediately set up a rematch, and the two met again at UFC 136 in October for one final time to see who would end up wearing the gold. Anchor Bay Entertainment has recently released this event on a special two-disc DVD set so fans at home can relive all of the ups-and-downs of this event. The question is, is this event really worth owning, or are you better off without it? All these questions and more will be answered in the following review for the “UFC 136: Ultimate two-disc edition” set!

Hit the jump for all of the details!

May 3, 2011

Mark Dellagrotte on UFC alumni Kenny Florian, Frank Mir & Jorge Rivera

Filed under: Interviews,Lead Story,Videos — Tags: , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:30 PM

Last week, I put up the first part of my interview with Sityodtong coach Mark Dellagrotte from the UFC Personal Trainer Video Game event, where I had the chance to play a demo of this unique game and get the inside scoop on it. Mark spoke about the development of this game and his involvement, as well as if he thinks this game is legit or just a blatant cash-in.

In part two of my interview with Dellagrotte, we break down Kenny Florian’s next match against Diego Nunes, Frank Mir’s upcoming bout with Roy Nelson and his thoughts on the nasty feud between Jorge Rivera and Michael Bisping. I also try to get some insight regarding the love/hate relationship that seems to fluctuate with Joe and Dan Lauzon.

January 1, 2010

Day 14- Joe Lauzon

Filed under: Art Blog Content — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 10:30 AM


In honor of his return to the cage at UFC 108 this weekend, “J-Lau” Joe Lauzon, whose shoulders look a bit hunched in retrospective. My reference pic was from a press conference photo ( I use those shots often) where he was leaning over and I did not correct it in the drawing so now he just looks quite beefy thanks to my mistake. Lesson for you artists out there – using a photo is a good thing, but following it religiously, not so much. Lauzon is taking on Sam Stout this weekend so good luck to him! I need to do a drawing of “The Upgrade” Dany Lauzon soon too, so he is on the great big list of fighters I need to draw now!

September 1, 2009

IMMAE 2009 – A Fans Perspective

IMMAE 2009 – A Fans Perspective
By Ricky Nezhoda

I had the opportunity this weekend to attend IMMAE in Los Angeles.The ticket prices were affordable with a single admission ticket as low as $15 and a family of 4 package for $50. I went with the $75 VIP Package which gets you to the front of the autograph lines and full access to the Vip Lounge.


DAY 1: The founders, Promoters, and employees were very hands-on with the show and decided to let the crowd in 10 minutes early since a good crowd had shown. IMMAE seems to be all about pleasing it’s fans. My first thought walking into the show was how thankful I was that someone decided to rent a bigger hall and make the aisles wider to accommodate the number of fans; unlike many other conventions i’ve attended. I thankfully will not be rubbing elbows all day with the buff guy in the sheer shirt. I proceeded to make my way to the Punishment Athletics Booth. Tito Ortiz was going to be there soon.


I found the first of many Great Deals at IMMAE. Tito Ortiz’s Fight shorts for $20! $40 cheaper than usual. Because of how much I saved, I ended up coming home with a signed round 5 figure, 3 pairs of shorts, signed, and a nice 8×11 poster from Tito Ortiz for $75. Tito was his usual friendly self. It’s easy to see that he loves his fans and he showed it by making sure No one left IMMAE without a Signature. For the next couple hours we got pictures, signatures and had a lot of opportunities to chat with fighters such as: Denis Kang, Patrick Cote, Joe Lauzon, Bas Rutten, Jamie Varner, Tony Lopez, Jake Shields, Punkass, Anthony Johnson, Kimo, Cain Velasquez, Cung Le, Dan Hardy, Eddie Alvarez, Jeff Monson, and Josh Barnett. Yes! That’s no exaggeration. IMMAE’s well organized floor plan and the willingness of the fighters to stick around all day meant that every attendee had the chance to meet every fighter.

I found some great deals on merchandise like Dethrone Walkout shirts for $25, Hayabusa Shirts for $5, Bj Penn Shorts for $40, Tapout walkout shirts 2 for $30, and my favorite new clothing line Bulky Boy who instead of going by sizes xxl or xxxl, They go by 2 neck rolls or 3 neck rolls. GENIUS! On my way out I stopped by extreme fight games booth who’s founders; Brett Siciliano and Ashley Terrell, have created MMA’s 1st board game. It’s pre-selling now. I’ve got to tell you I cannot wait to play this game in between the fights and make fight night more entertaining for my friends and mysef.

Saturday night IMMAE set-up the After party/UFC fight party at J’s Lounge. We weren’t expecting much, just a bar where we could watch the fights for $10 but we got plenty more than expected. After about 5 minutes in J’s lounge We were watching Brandon Vera get his career back on track while sitting next to Denis Kang, Patrick Cote, Joe Lauzon, and BJ Penn! No Vip sections like in vegas were they trick you into believing you’re partying with the celebrities as they sneak them out the backdoor. For a MMA fan like myself this was Amazing!


DAY 2: Another great start to the show. Plenty of eager fans ready to meet the top fighters. I headed over to Bj Penn’s Booth and was lucky enough to chit chat with Lorraine Penn, BJ’s Mom. I’m convinced she could sell milk to a cow. Talk about charisma. She raised 4 Black belts and the Greatest Lightweight Champion of the world. She was extremely supportive of BJ’s fans. She made sure anyone who wanted something signed got it signed by B.J.


I noticed BJ was in the VIP Box upstairs waiting for his cue to come down and start his autograph session. I went upstairs and there he was, my favorite Fighter of all time! The man who beat Caol Uno in 11 seconds, Destroyed Sean Sherk to Claim the undisputed Title, and Submitted Kenny Florian with ease. Thanks to IMMAE I was sitting in the VIP room, across from BJ and checking out the free samples from Do or Die, Caged Steel, and Bulky Boy. When one of BJ’s guys noticed I had the new Fathead Bj Penn Vinyl Sticker, he insisted that BJ would be more than happy to sign the Fathead sticker! During the next 10 amazing minutes I got to do a Video Blog on, got 4 pairs of shorts, a hat and a shirt signed. Best of all I had BJ talk to my wife on the phone. Wow! What a refreshing thought; my favorite fighter is a down to earth, normal guy who just so happens to be a badass! Back downstairs we went to meet Mark Coleman, Both Cyborg’s, Todd Duffee (fresh off his 7 second knockout at UFC 102) and Wanderlei Silva. Again we were able to meet Wanderlei 1 on 1 and got some shorts signed thanks to the IMMAE staff.


Overall for the average MMA fan, this was hands down the best MMA Show I have ever been to. It was so much fun to interact with all the fighters. I was able to actually have a chance to speak with them and get certain things signed instead of being pushed along like cattle and handed pre signed photos after standing in line for 2 hours to meet the fighters. Every man needs a Man Cave and thanks to IMMAE my man cave is a MMA Sanctuary filled with great memorabilia accumulated on a Joe Schmo budget. Check out my pictures! Jealous? Don’t be! Attend The International Mixed Martial Arts Expo!

July 6, 2009

Fight Nerd Radio 7/6/09 with Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon

Fight Nerd Radio returns with co-host Brian Last to try to make sense of the slow news week as it is the calm before the storm of UFC 100. We discuss old school UFC, Chuck Liddell’s recent announcement, Tito Ortiz’s alleged future plans and Zuffa once again banning people, now their new rival who was once a sponsor, Electronic Arts.
Special guest is Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon who is fighting Chris Horodecki on the Affliction: Trilogy show on August 1. Dan talks about preparing for the fight, his last controversial fight at Affliction 2, who he wants to fight next and his falling out with his brother, Joe Lauzon. For more MMA news, check out!

January 21, 2009

The Fight Nerd takes on the Lauzon Bros.

Filed under: Interviews,News — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 5:13 PM



In this video, I caught up with Joe and Dan Lauzon at the WCF 5 show in Massachusetts and discussed Dan’s upcoming match in Affliction 2, Joe’s next fight in the UFC, the real deal with the Lauzon and Florian rivalry and embarrassing childhood stories. PLUS how to throw a superman punch!

November 14, 2008

WCF 5 Highlight Reel

Highlights from WCF 5 (World Championship Fighting) from Wilmington, MA.

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