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5 Oz. Exclusive: Deividas Taurosevicius signs with Affliction

Deividas Taurosevicius is the latest IFL refugee to sign with a major national promotion after having inked a three fight deal with Affliction Entertainment over the weekend.

FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the news after speaking with Taurosevicius’ manager, Gary Marino.

A native of Lithuania, Taurosevicius is 9-3 during his professional MMA career, according to Sherdog’s fight finder. Despite being an outstanding kickboxer know for his vicious leg kicks, over 75 percent of Taurosevicius’ wins have come by way of submission. He has fought some of the top competitors on the East Coast such as Frankie Edgar, Anthony Morrison, Dan Lauzon, Kevin Roddy, and James “Binky” Jones. He holds victories over all of the aforementioned fighters with the lone exception being Edgar.

After submitting Lauzon during Cage Fury Fighting Championships 3 in Atlantic City, N.J. in 2007, Taurosevicius earned a spot with the IFL. Facing Zac George of Team Quest in his debut for the promotion during April of that year, Taurosevicius submitted the wrestling standout off his back via triangle choke at 3:12 of round 1.

Following the win over George, Taurosevicius fought one more time for Cage Fury during CFFC 5 where he earned yet another submission win, this time over Roddy at 4:49 of round 1. He returned to the IFL last August during the promotion’s 2007 championship semifinals. Competing for Renzo Gracie’s New York Pitbulls as a lightweight replacement for the injured Erik Owings, Taurosevicius stepped in and recorded a unanimous decision win over Trenell “Savant” Young.

WIth Gracie’s Pitbulls advancing to the finals, Taurosevicius remained the team’s lightweight representative during the September team championships in Hollywood, Fla. at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Matched up against Bart Palaszewski of Pat Miletich’s Iowa Silverbacks, Taurosevicius pulled off a major upset after being declared the winner via technical submission.

A fighter on the rise, Taurosevicius earned a title shot against IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz this past May. Facing a red hot Schultz after an extended layoff, Taurosevicius dropped a unanimous decision.

According to Marino, as debut date for Taurosevicius and a first opponent have yet to be determined.

(Pictured: Trenell “Savant” Young on the left and Deividas Taurosevicius on the right)

9 COMMENTS
  • MK says:

    Russian Dave is no joke! Look out for him and the boys from Soca BJJ.

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  • egad81 says:

    I have been to all of his fights in Jersey and hes always a good show. Never Boring. Congrats DT

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  • matt says:

    the fact that affliction is going to cut down fights on their cards and their fighters (buentello/barnett) are concerned makes me wonder why people continue to sign with them.

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    I don’t get this at all, since they have to cut down their cards. Must have signed him for a song.

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  • Caidel says:

    I think, that the important point is, that the Affliction’s contracts are non-exclusive, so fighters can fight elsewhere (if Affliction approves it).

    So there is really no drawback in signing with them.

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  • Lethal says:

    [quote]I think, that the important point is, that the Affliction’s contracts are non-exclusive, so fighters can fight elsewhere (if Affliction approves it).

    So there is really no drawback in signing with them.[/quote]

    I don’t know if there is no drawback at all with Affliction not signing exclusive contracts. Since while Affliction’s contracts aren’t exclusive it’ll keep you out of fighting the rest of the time for organizations that do require exclusivity and those organizations will tend to fight you more often then the organizations that don’t.

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  • Matthew Lenz says:

    One of the best fighters out there in my opinion. He is one of the few true MM Artist’s (gsp, huerta, etc). I certainly don’t think he really ‘lost’ his last title fight with Schultz in any sense of the word. So glad to hear that we’ll be seeing him fight again soon. Congrats Dave!

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  • kaunas says:

    to MK,”a native of Lithuania” doesn’t sound as being russian

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  • kaunas says:

    sekmes Deivi !

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