Thursday, January 22, 2009
Get ready for a jam-packed weekend full of fighting. On Friday, Extreme Challenge's "War at the Shore" event goes down in Atlantic City, while on Saturday there's Affliction: "Day of Reckoning" on pay-per-view, Lou Neglia's amateur MMA event "Proving Grounds" in Newark, and a Muay Thai kickboxing show at the Fighthouse in Midtown Manhattan. Then, on Sunday, WEC 38 airs live on the Versus channel. Expect MMA Journalist to liveblog Friday's Extreme Challenge and Saturday's Proving Grounds event from cageside.
Citing a strategy that involves "a lot of kickboxing and a lot of cheating", former IFL lightweight Chris Horodecki has dropped out of Saturday night's Affliction event, the result of being told that he will not, under any circumstances, be allowed to hold the ropes to prevent takedowns. "Man, the IFL didn't mind that I clung to the ropes like a coward," said the baby-faced fighter. "Why is Affliction giving me a hard time? Don't they know I lose when I'm on the ground?" Horodecki was scheduled to face skilled grappler Dan Lauzon. A replacement has not yet been named.