Pamela Rogers sent along the following:
Seal Beach, CA (January 16, 2009)- Two young guns will be carving out their territory in the opening matchup of Affliction M-1 “Day of Reckoning” at Honda Center in Anaheim and on Pay-Per-View Saturday, January 24th. IFL veteran Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki (12-1) is set to face off with Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon (11-2), in a fight that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Both of these future stars are powerful strikers who share a great intensity in the ring. In one of the best fights between great young talent that MMA has ever seen, this dynamic clash of skills is sure to get the crowd pumped up and ready for the stacked to bursting main card.
Twenty-one year old Canadian and Former IFL lightweight, Chris Horodecki is a formidable opponent known for his baby-face looks and his brutal striking skills. Horodecki is said to attack like a sniper, picking his shots and then taking and landing them. The young but accomplished fighter, with his focus, down-to-earth attitude, and record of brutally vanquishing his opponents, quickly garnered the
attention of fans and pundits. The much-talked about competitor was named Breakout Fighter of the Year by Full Contact Fighter Magazine in 2006. And he continues to earn the buzz that surrounds him by his consistent and impressive performances.
While with the IFL, Horodecki compiled an 8-1 record with notable victories over Ryan Schultz, Bart Palaszewski, and Shad Lierley. His only career loss took place during the promotion’s lightweight Grand Prix in December of 2007, when he was TKO’d by Schultz in upset fashion at 2:51 of round 1. He rebounded with a unanimous decision victory over Nate Lamotte during the IFL’s New Jersey event this past April.
The Team Tompkins fighter fights out of London, Ontario, Canada along with Sam Stout and Mark Hominick. He is the striking coach at the successful Xtreme Couture camp, a testament to his unquestionably solid standup. Horodecki is anxious to put his singular loss behind him and score another victory at “Day of Affliction” against Lauzon.
Twenty year old Dan Lauzon, currently riding a seven-fight win streak, is famous for being the brother of UFC fighter Joe Lauzon and for being the youngest fighter ever to appear in the UFC. Lauzon is sponsored by TapouT and recently appeared in an episode of the television series of the same name. He made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 64: Unstoppable at eighteen years, seven months and fourteen days old.
Facing a veteran fighter so early in one’s career is a challenge for any young fighter, but when Lauzon lost to Spencer Fisher and then subsequently to Deividas Taurosevicius, he didn’t let the ring rust collect. Instead, he bounced back sharply and turned his record around, scoring 6 KO’s and 1 Submission in a row.
Lauzon trains in Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and wrestling. Having an accomplished fighter in the family doesn’t hurt. In impromptu yard bouts, the two Lauzon brothers practice their techniques against each other with little mercy. With a tough training regimen and seven consecutive wins under his belt, Lauzon, is ready to face off against Horodecki.
Lauzon has a well-rounded attack and is a decent striker with a dangerous submission game. His versatility will make him a challenge in the ring. But Horodecki has experience on his side, with a record of fighting high caliber fighters. With two such powerful strikers in the ring, this is a fight not to be missed. Both of these talented young fighters have a bright future in the sport, and as they clash in the ring for the biggest fight of their careers, the battle is sure to be a fiery start to a historical series of blockbuster bouts on the staggering main card of “Day Of Reckoning.”
Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and brought to you by Affliction Entertainment and its partners, Donald J. Trump and M-1 Global, Affliction M-1 “Day of Reckoning” is scheduled for January 24 a Honda Center in Anaheim, CA and live on Pay-Per-View. The loaded fight card includes 11 rousing bouts of fierce, full-throttle action headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski. The six-fight blockbuster PPV telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, features MMA stars Josh Barnett, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Chris Horodecki and Matt Lindland in separate bouts. As a prelude to the highly anticipated PPV telecast, HDNet will televise live beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT five additional fights with the marquee match-up of Antonio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko as the main event.
FIGHT CARD LINE UP
Pay-Per-View Fight Card
Fedor Emelianenko vs Andrei Arlovski
Josh Barnett vs Gilbert Yvel
Vitor Belfort vs Matt Lindland
“Babalu” Sobral vs Thierry Sokoudjou
Chris Horodecki vs Dan Lauzon
HDNet Fight Card
Antonio Nogueira vs Vladimir Matyushenko
Paul Buentello vs Kiril Sidellnikov (Baby Fedor)
Jay Heiron vs Jason High
Bao Quach vs LC Davis
Albert Rios vs Antonio Duarte
Brett Cooper vs Patrick Speight