Lauzon vs. Etim, Rivera vs. Sakara make UFC 118 prelims on Spike TV

New York, NY, June 24, 2010 – Spike TV will showcase two of the Boston area’s finest mixed martial arts fighters in live undercard bouts from “UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II” on Saturday, August 28 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. Live from the TD Garden in Boston, Joe Lauzon (“The Ultimate Fighter 5” alum) of Bridgewater, Mass. takes on Terry Etim in a lightweight battle and Milford, Mass native Jorge Rivera (“The Ultimate Fighter 4” alum) meets Alessio Sakara in a middleweight clash.

Lauzon (17-5) burst onto the mixed martial arts scene with a shocking knockout of former lightweight champ Jens Pulver at UFC 63 in September 2006. A cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” Lauzon won his first three UFC bouts before losing to fellow New Englander Kenny Florian via TKO in April 2008. After winning two of his last three fights, Lauzon needs a win in front of his hometown fans to ascend to the top reaches of the lightweight division.

Fighting out of Liverpool, England, lightweight contender Terry Etim (14-3) has won four of his last five bouts in the Octagon® and is unquestionably one of the UK’s finest prospects. But to take that step to the next level, he must get past Lauzon on August 28th. This marks the sixth time Etim has fought live on Spike TV
Veteran fighter Rivera (18-7) has won a career-best three straight UFC fights including most recently a second-round TKO over Nate Quarry (“The Ultimate Fighter 1”) in March. The 38-year-old will fulfill a life-long dream as he will step into the Octagon for the first time live in front of his partisan hometown Boston crowd.

Fighting with American Top Team in Miami, Sakara (19-7, 1 NC) switched to fighting middleweight 2 ½ years ago, and after dropping his first fight to Chris Leben at 185 lbs, he has won his last three bouts. The veteran slugger is coming off an impressive 1st round TKO over James Irvin this past March.

Other bouts on the card might air on Spike TV, to be determined by the length of the fights.

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5 COMMENTS
  • Ken says:

    Sweet both local guys from my area in Spike… Lauzon and Jorge

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I Hope to say the same in less than a year when MMA (hopefully) gets sanctioned in NYC… fingers crossed!

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  • Rich S. says:

    Nice fights..

    Both promise either a finish or an all out war..

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  • Dufresne says:

    I really like the Lauzon/Etim fight as I think that one has the potential to be a brawl, a technical showing, or a ground war. I personally think Lauzon will get the W, but Etim isn’t exactly a stepping stone.

    I want Jorge to get a win in front of his hometown and to keep his streak alive, but I really don’t see that happening. Sakara is a much more technical striker with a respectable pro boxing record which makes me think he’ll have the advantage on the feet, and Jorge’s ground game is pretty abysmal so I don’t think he’ll get help there (of course Sakara’s ground game sucks too, so who knows what could happen there).
    I will give the power advantage to Jorge though as he has shown the ability to end a fight with one shot and I haven’t seen that as often with Sakara. Add in the fact that Sakara’s last three losses have all been via TKO with two of those going to less technical power punchers and you can’t count Jorge out completely.

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  • stone says:

    I think Rivera wins w/some killer clinch game…Then I got Etim winning with his awesome kickboxing… One finish and one decision (either/or)

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