Dan Lauzon and Rafaello Oliveira Sign With UFC, Square Off at UFC 103

Two more Affliction cast-offs have found a new home with the UFC, as lightweights Dan "the Upgrade" Lauzon and Rafaello "Tractor" Oliveira have signed with the organization, and will face each other in the Octagon at UFC 103 in Dallas in September.  Jason Benfari at has the report:

A source close to the event has informed that Dan Lauzon will square off against long time B.J. Penn training partner Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 103 in Dallas, TX. The fight is expected to be announced by Dana White as part of a UFC press conference tomorrow.


Originally scheduled to face Chris Horodecki on the Afffliction card, Dan Lauzon (12-2, 0-1 UFC) will join his older brother Joe in the UFC's crowded lightweight division, marking the first time in UFC history that two brothers will compete in the same weight class.  This will not be Dan's UFC debut either, as he faced Spencer Fisher way back at UFC 64 when he was just 18 years old.  Although he lost to Fisher via first round TKO, he made history as the youngest fighter ever to compete in the Octagon.  Since that loss, Lauzon has gone 8-1, and with first or second stoppages in all his victories.


Rafaello Oliveira (8-1) is a BJJ standout and a long-time training partner of UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn.  Oliveira was slated to take on Takanori Gomi at Affliction and was seen in one of BJ Penn's recent video blogs as being clearly distraught over the cancellation of that fight.  "Tractor" will finish helping Penn prepare for his title defense against Kenny Florian next week, before resuming his own training for the September 19th clash with Lauzon.


Current UFC 103 card:

Main Event - Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson* - this could possibly change, more details from Dana tomorrow

Martin Kampmann vs. Mike Swick

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Junior Dos Santos

Frank Trigg vs. Josh Koscheck

Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca

Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller


Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson

Dan Lauzon vs. Rafaello Oliveira

Sean Sherk vs. Gleison Tibau

Eliot Marshall vs. Jason Brilz

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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