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Spike TV to air Escudero vs. Lauzon & Kim vs. Sadollah on UFC 114 prelim show

New York, NY, April 13, 2010 – Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from UFC 114: RAMPAGE vs. EVANS on Saturday, May 29 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The one-hour telecast will run with limited commercial interruption. UFC 114 will air on pay-per-view at 10:00 PM ET.

The first bout scheduled to air on Spike TV is in the lightweight division, and features a former winner of “The Ultimate Fighter,” as Efrain Escudero (13-1) squares off against Dan Lauzon (12-3). Escudero was the winner in the lightweight competition of Season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” defeating Phillipe Nover via unanimous decision to capture the crown. Following that, he defeated Cole Miller via TKO at UFC 103 before suffering the first defeat of his MMA career at the hands of Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 20 in January. He will look to bounce back against a fighter seeking his first win in the UFC, 22 year old Dan Lauzon.

Brother of fellow UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon, Dan Lauzon made his UFC debut at the age of 18 when he lost to Spencer Fisher at UFC 64. At the time, he was the youngest competitor to ever step inside the Octagon™. In the time since that defeat, he has only lost twice, compiling an 8-2 record in the process. Coming off a tough battle against Cole Miller at UFC 108 in January, a hungry Lauzon is looking to have his hand raised in victory inside the Octagon™ for the first time when he takes on Escudero.

The evening’s second televised bout is a welterweight contest between Dong Hyun “Stun Gun” Kim (12-0-1, 1 NC) and another former winner of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Amir Sadollah (4-1). A native of South Korea, Kim’s mixed martial arts career began in 2004, as he compiled 9-0-1 record in ten bouts in South Korea and Japan, six wins coming via KO or submission. A well rounded fighter whose strengths are judo and kickboxing, Kim made his UFC® debut in 2008 at UFC 84 in Las Vegas with a TKO victory over Jason Tan. He currently boasts a 3-0, 1 NC record in the UFC with wins over Tan, Matt Brown and TJ Grant, as well as a no contest against Karo Parisyan. Kim aims to use his MMA experience to his advantage against Sadollah.

A former surgical technician, Amir Sadollah burst onto the MMA scene when he won Season 7 of “The Ultimate Fighter” despite entering the show with no professional fights. Sadollah exhibited great resilience in capturing the title, as well as a self deprecating sense of humor, which have made him a favorite amongst UFC fans, who have seen him add wins against Phil Baroni and Brad Blackburn in the two years since defeating CB Dollaway at “The Ultimate Fighter” finale. Now training full time in Las Vegas with XTreme Couture, Sadollah will need to display that same resilience, as well as his improving Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills, if he is to defeat Kim.

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

10 COMMENTS
  • Guthookd says:

    Good fights for free. Both should be great matchups.

    Really looking foward to Kim vs. Sadollah. That might be Sadollah’s toughest challenge to date.

    Good job Spike. I love that channel. Just with they’d show ALL the undercards.

  • Dufresne says:

    I’m also really looking forward to Kim/Sadollah. Sadollah’s strengths are BJJ and it really looked like he’s turned his Muay Thai into a strength as well in that Baroni fight.

    Also looking forward to Lauzon. I love watching his brother fight and I’ll most likely be pulling for Dan in this fight. It’s kind of a hard decision though, because it’s hard to root against a guy with an attitude like Escudero’s.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I love the prelims but these two matches dont seem that great. Sadollah looks great at WW, and Escudero should absolutely tear Lauzon apart. Nice to see the prelims.

  • Vogairian says:

    Good set of free fights. Looking forward to them for sure.

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    I actually have Lauzon over Escudero and Sadollah should wear out the overmatched cum kwat ding

  • JOEgun says:

    LIVE and FREE is all you gotta tell me!

  • JOEgun says:

    speaking of Sadollah, wheres Johnny Hendricks been? Didnt he TKO Amir? or controversial stoppage. I think Escudero can take out Dan. Better to fight Dan than Joe I guess. Nothing against Sadollah but I’m going for the Stun Gun

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Yeah Johnny Hendricks is one of my favorite fighters-He is a true tough guy-the definition of a “scrapper”-anyways-That said-I think Sadollah will turn out to be a high profile gate keeper-at best

  • Rece Rock says:

    Escudero / Lauzon should be a good fight… Lately the free prelims have been great and I’m sure they encourage more ppv buys…

    Still thinking about how DW & Co. Are planning on making up the silva BS to the fans…Better be good.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I actually have Lauzon over Escudero and Sadollah should wear out the overmatched cum kwat ding  

    I dont see any way for Lauzon to take this one, he wont be able to get Escudero to the ground and with his chin combined with Escuderos power I think we see a KO in round 1

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