by Paul Garabedian for MMAWeekly.com
WILMINGTON, Mass. – On Friday night in the packed Shriners Auditorium, Dan Lauzon used his slick jiu-jitsu skills to defeat Frank Latina. His original opponent was set to be Andrew Calandrelli, but an injury forced Calandrelli to withdraw from the bout. Latina stepped in to take on Lauzon in the main event, and was apparently already training for this fight as a backup before he received the call.
Neither fighter wasted much time getting comfortable. Lauzon closed the distance right from the start, throwing a right high kick that landed on Latina’s shoulder. They traded some big punches and then Lauzon shot in for the takedown, putting Latina on his back. From his opponent’s half guard, Lauzon managed to land a few solid punches before he backed off and motioned for Latina to stand back up.
On their feet again, Latina threw a flurry of missed punches to set-up a takedown. Shortly after, Lauzon pulled off a smooth butterfly sweep, passed to mount, and then took Latina’s back as he rolled over. He attained the mount again, but Latina swept him and they both stood back up.
With the crowd out of their seats cheering and screaming, the two fighters traded punches, neither of them landing any substantial strikes. Lauzon brought the fight back to the matand took his opponent’s back once again, but Latina spun and landed in Lauzon’s full guard. From there, Lauzon rapidly transitioned in and out of submissions, before locking up the fight-ending triangle.
With Dana White and the Tapout Crew in attendance, it was no surprise that Lauzon needed to put on a dominating performance. His grappling looked sharp and certainly entertained the fans in attendance. On the feet though, “The Upgrade” looked a bit over anxious to finish the fight. It appears nothing is definite as of now, but he should be making his move back to one of the big shows pretty soon.
One of the most exciting bouts of the night was between featherweights Justin Homsey and John Franci. Homsey, who fights out of Renzo Gracie New Hampshire, is known for his slick grappling and submission skills. Franchi has a well rounded game and comes from the same team as Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Tamdan McCrory.
Early in the fight, Franchi dropped Homsey with a hard right hand, but Homsey latched onto one of Franchi’s legs and managed to buy himself enough time to recover. During the remainder of the first round, Homsey looked for the takedown, but Franchi stuffed all of his attempts and completely dominated on the feet.
Round two didn’t last long as Franchi dropped Homsey once again and then landed several vicious punches to his head. After a dominating victory over a talented fighter, Franchi proved that he has a bright future ahead of him in his usual weight class of 135 pounds.
Dan Lauzon def. Frank Latina by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:01, R1
Henrique Bicalho def. Jason Bennett by Submission (Triangle/Armbar) at 2:15, R1
Ronnie Wuest def. Nate Kittredge by Disqualification (Illegal Elbow) at 1:50, R1
Nuri Shakir def. Travis Lerchen by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 2:42, R1
John Benoit def. Justin Hammerstrom by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 0:45, R2
Ken Stone def. Daniel Duarte by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:46, R1
John Franchi def. Justin Homsey by TKO (Due to Strikes) at 0:40, R2
Nate Lamotte def. Stephen Stengal by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:39, R1
Dan Bonnell def. Mark Giove by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:45, R1
Greg Croteau def. Aaron Chidester by Unanimous Decision, R2
Larry Kerrigan def. Luke Czekalski by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 3:23, R1
Jose Lopez def. Sean Ratcliffe by Unanimous Decision, R2