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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. 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)