Submission ace, Javier "Showtime" Vazquez, tells MMA Weekly that touted prospect, Chad Mendes, won't be able to blanket him this Thursday at WEC 52: "There’s no pressure (on me), I’m not the ‘unbeatable prospect’," said Vazquez. "All the pressure is on Chad Mendes, not on me. I’m going to go out there and do my thing; he’s the one who’s supposed to be the next big thing." "My last two fights I worked with Erik Paulson and tried to improve my stand-up, trying to get a different look at the game, and improve my overall skills, but this fight I went back to my wrestling and submission game. I couldn’t have had a better camp to figure out how to beat a wrestler." "This entire camp I’ve worked with Antonio McKee, and nobody can do a better job of slowing a fight down and controlling from the top like Antonio does," he stated. (Chad) is not going to bring anything different or better than what Antonio brought. Antonio was having a real hard time holding me down, so I don’t think (Chad) will be able to do it, to be honest." "The more he tries the hold me down, the more he’ll get beat up; and the more he tries to scramble, the more likely he’s going to get caught." WEC 52: Faber vs. Mizugaki coverage Photo: ESPN
The UFC announced four grappling super-fights, to take place at the 2010 UFC Fan Expo, coinciding with UFC 114 at the end of this month. They are: - Hermes Franca vs. Bill Cooper - Shayna Baszler vs. Penny Thomas - Caol Uno vs. Fredson Paixao - Javier Vazquez vs. Jeff Glover [UPDATE] by Anton Tabuena - MMAFighting says that Takanori Gomi will also have a grappling super-fight against an opponent that is yet to be named.
Multiple Afflictions fighters UFC/WEC bound: UFC contracts: Paul Daley, Ben Rothwell, Chase Gormley, Dan Lauzon and Rafaello "Tractor" Oliveira WEC contracts: Mark Hominick, L.C. Davis and Javier Vazquez "Plus we're in talks with all the other guys right now. I don’t want to say their names but there are a lot of other guys we're talking too" "There’s a whole list of other guys we’re working with. 8 or 9 guys that we’re in talks with right now. I don’t like to talk about anything until deals are done" -- Dana White during today’s conference call Download call in MP3 Format (20MB)