September 17, 2007, There are fighters who act crazy before a fight, and then there are fighters who act crazy in the ring. New York's Crazy Dan "The Caveman" Hawley does both.
It is safe to say four-time state wrestling champion Blair Tugman (1-0) will have his hands full when he steps into the ring against the unorthodox and unpredictable Hawley (4-0) on the next episode of the hit mixed martial arts series Bodog Fight: New Jersey, airing Tuesday, September 18 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on the ION Television Network.
"I've never lost a fight and I never will," says "The Caveman" with confidence. "I plan to rip off my opponent's arm and feed it to him in the ring. Meow!"
"He's going to have to fight my style," replies an unfazed Tugman. "He should worry about what I'm going to do to him, not what he's going to do to me! I'm used to training with bigger guys, so I don't think I'll have any problem taking him down and controlling him on the mat."
Dan Hawley (left) and Blair Tugman
Originally from New Jersey, now fighting out of Connecticut, Tugman will have the crowd in his corner for the 135-pound bantamweight bout.
"He's going to need all the help he can get when he comes up against my Preying Mantis Kung Fu," said Hawley. "Meow, meow, meow!"
Returning back to reality, heavyweights Yoshiki Takahashi (28-21-3) and Mark Burch (7-2) will face off in a re-match grudge fight.
"In February, we fought in Costa Rica," recalls the 37-year-old Burch. "The fight lasted about a minute and a half before I accidentally caught him with a thumb in the eye. The referee ruled it a 'no contest'. Hopefully this time I'll get a chance to finish the fight."
Like Tugman, the Portage, Indiana native will have his hands full with the 37-year-old warrior from Japan.
Now in his thirteenth year as a professional, Takahashi was the first heavyweight "King of Pancrase" under full MMA rules, holding the belt before guys like Josh Barnett, Bas Rutten, and Ken Shamrock.
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