Friday, May 4, 2007

Anderson to defend ultimate fighting world title

Champion prepares for tough bout against ?Superman?

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo by Steve Conner Ultimate fighter Lee Anderson will defend his lightweight world championship title Saturday, May 12, at Qwest Arena in Boise. Anderson, a Wood River Valley native who lives in Hailey, is shown here in his title-winning bout last December. Anderson, as usual, is the guy on top.

Lee Anderson, the Wood River Valley's ultimate fighting sensation, will defend his lightweight world championship title in a bout against "Superman" Patrick Reed set for Saturday, May 12, at the Quest Arena in Boise.

"I worked hard for this title and I don't intend on giving it up any time soon," Anderson said Wednesday.

Anderson captured the Boise-based Extreme Fighting lightweight world title in a match on December 15, 2007 against Indonesian fighter Eddie Bllen. The fight didn't last long—only about two minutes—as Anderson subdued his opponent with a series of devastating punches until the referee decided enough was enough.

A confident and disciplined fighter, Anderson expects to win his upcoming bout but doesn't expect it to be easy.

Reed, a Salt Lake City fighter and the number one Extreme Fighting lightweight contender, overshadows Anderson at six feet three inches tall and 165 pounds. Anderson stands tall at 5'6" and tips the scale at a lean 135.

"I'm giving away a lot of weight to him, so it could be a pretty exciting match up," Anderson said. "I'm training nonstop. I've never trained harder for any fight."

Ultimate fighting is a no holds barred event that features grappling, martial arts, boxing and submission wresting. Anderson, who is 35, has fought professionally for about six years.

His fight on May 12 is one of the featured bouts of the "Heavy Hitters" event promoted by Knockout Productions. Ticket information is available at (208) 720-3519.

Anderson, a crowd favorite, expects to have his normal contingency of Wood River Valley fans to cheer him on.

"I'd just like to give a special thanks to the people who sponsored me and all the people who bought tickets," he said. "It just gives me a big lift to see them all out supporting me."

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