Dan Lauzon and Chris Horodecki Give Affliction II an Interesting Boost

Kevin CurranSenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2008

Yes, I brought out the creepy Horodecki picture again for his next fight, which will come against still unproven, but much anticipated, Dan Lauzon.

Being from the Boston area, and being a big fan of MMA, I know a lot about Lauzon. The skinny on him is that, much like his brother, he does not care much to exchange on the feet. Danny is content to take it to the ground and try any submission in the book. This was displayed in his triangle-choke win over Frank Latina, which many saw on the Tapout reality show.

Danny is not just a ground fighter, though. He seems to be a bit more complete than his brother in his standup. Anything else, Joe has the edge, but Danny has shown a good chin and some good pop in his hands, having five of his last six fights end by way of KO or TKO.

The one thing that irks me a bit is his lack of big-time experience. Having fought in the Western Massachusetts Fight League, known as WCF, he is undefeated, but against all unknown talent. His only big-time competition was against Spencer Fisher, two years ago in the UFC.

Also, his training is quite weak. Unless he finally went to sityodtong where he belongs, he might not be prepared for this big-time event. We'll have to see if he can transition back up to the big stage and seize his big chance.

Horodecki has a slightly different style. Either he will knock you out or grind out for a decision. He is not particularly interested in going to the ground with Lauzon, and this fight should be a true test of his skills in preventing takedowns and his BJJ.

Horodecki will have the edge in experience, as he is a vet of the IFL and was a big-time standout. He was snatched up by Affliction just before the UFC could offer him a contract. He'll have to prove his worth on this big-time card.

It will certainly be interesting to see these contrasting styles in one ring. It won't be easy for either of them, but whoever can impose their game on the other will come out on top. Who that will be, we'll have to wait and see.


Note: Also added to this card was IFL vet Jay Hieron. The former champ will face off against Drew Fickett in what should shape up to be a slugfest.