May 22, 1984 |
Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
|Other names||J-Lau, The Human Bonus Machine|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||71.5 in (182 cm)|
|Fighting out of||East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Years active||2004 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Occupation||IT / Professional MMA|
|Notable relatives||Dan Lauzon, brother|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Joseph Edward Lauzon Jr. (born May 22, 1984) is an American mixed martial artist competing in the UFC's Lightweight division. He has 13 post-fight bonuses, the most in the UFC history. As of May 26, 2014, Lauzon is #15 in official UFC Lightweight rankings. Joe's younger brother, Dan Lauzon, is also a mixed martial artist.
Lauzon was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he lived until he was in the third grade, when he moved to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Lauzon lived on a small farm and enjoyed bull riding. The young Lauzon and his friends had an interest in professional wrestling, and would re-enact moves on Lauzon's trampoline. Lauzon did not begin training in the martial arts until his junior year at East Bridgewater High School, after seeing a demonstration that piqued his interest. Lauzon graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in computer science. He worked as a network administrator in Cambridge, Massachusetts before he began training in mixed martial arts full-time.
Mixed martial arts career
Lauzon's first amateur fight was in 2002. He held a 5-3 record as an amateur.
In 2004, Lauzon had his first cage fight, winning with a first round armbar in a local Massachusetts promotion, Mass Destruction. Lauzon then went on an eight fight winning streak with all of the fights ended via submission. Lauzon won an eight-man tournament, defeating three fighters in one night in the World Fighting League and was crowned the WFL Grand Prix Champion. Lauzon was also named 2004 Massachusetts fighter of the year by local Massachusetts MMA outlets.
The Ultimate Fighter
Lauzon was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5, which featured lightweights exclusively. He was on B.J. Penn's team, against a team coached by Jens Pulver. Lauzon defeated Brian Geraghty in the preliminary round. He then defeated Cole Miller in the quarterfinals. The win was somewhat controversial due to an illegal strike to the back of Miller's head. Miller appeared obviously dazed by the illegal strike and was given time to recover. However, when action was restarted, it was clear that Cole was still feeling the effects of the strike. Lauzon capitalized on it and won the fight. In the semi-finals, Lauzon lost a unanimous decision to Manvel Gamburyan. In the finale, he defeated Brandon Melendez via submission (triangle choke) at 2:09 of round two.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
At UFC 78 Lauzon submitted previously undefeated Jason Reinhardt by rear-naked choke in the first round. Lauzon quickly took Reinhardt down before moving to the north-south position. Reinhardt rolled, giving Lauzon his back, and Lauzon quickly sunk in the rear-naked choke for a quick submission victory.
On April 2, 2008, Kenny Florian defeated Lauzon in the main event of UFC Fight Night 13 by TKO via strikes from mount in the second round. The first round was back and forth as Florian opened up a cut on Lauzon's head with elbows and took his back while Lauzon landed several takedowns and attempted several submissions. Florian opened the second round with a takedown and soon advanced to mount where he landed multiple unanswered strikes until the fight was waved off.
Lauzon defeated Kyle Bradley by TKO (punches) in round two at UFC Fight Night 15. In the first round Bradley connected with a punch and rocked Lauzon. Lauzon managed to recover and continued to trade with Bradley in a close first round. In the second round Lauzon scored a takedown and transitioned quickly into mount before taking Bradley's back. Lauzon landed several punches from this position until the referee stepped in to save Bradley.
Lauzon was scheduled to fight former WEC Lightweight Champion, Hermes Franca on February 7, 2009, in the main event for UFC Fight Night 17. However, Franca pulled out of the event with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Jeremy Stephens stepped in as a late replacement. Lauzon defeated Stephens by armbar in the second round.
Lauzon was expected to face Terry Etim on August 28, 2010, at UFC 118, but Etim had to withdraw from the bout due to injury. Lauzon was instead set to fight fellow Ultimate Fighter season 5 castmate Gabe Ruediger. During the UFC 118 weigh-ins Ruediger brought Lauzon a cake that read "Sorry for your loss". Lauzon defeated Ruediger, who is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, via armbar in 2:01 of round one having completely dominated him for the entire fight. According to commentator Joe Rogan, Gabe "was never in it for a second."
Lauzon faced George Sotiropoulos on November 20, 2010, at UFC 123. The fight began with an action-packed first round, that saw Lauzon set the pace. However, by the end of the round, Lauzon began to tire and saw Sotiropoulos began to gain momentum. The second round saw a fatigued and passive Joe Lauzon. After a scramble, Sotiropoulous ended up on top position and torqued a kimura to force the tap-out.
Lauzon was briefly linked to a bout with Charles Oliveira on November 19, 2011 at UFC 138. However, Oliveira instead faced Donald Cerrone on August 14, 2011 at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle, replacing an injured Paul Taylor.
Lauzon was expected to face Terry Etim on August 4, 2012 at UFC on Fox 4. However, Etim was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Jamie Varner. In a back-and-forth fight that saw both men rocked, Lauzon secured the victory after locking in a triangle choke on Varner at 2:44 of the third round. His performance earned him the Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night honors and a Fight of the Year nomination at the World MMA Awards.
Lauzon was expected to face Gray Maynard on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. However, Maynard pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by Jim Miller. Miller defeated Lauzon via unanimous decision. The back and forth action earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.
Lauzon faced Michael Chiesa on September 5, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50. After a back and forth fight, Lauzon defeated Chiesa via TKO in the second round after opening a significant cut above Chiesa's right eye, forcing a doctor's stoppage. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Fighting League
- WFL Grand Prix Champion
- Massachusetts MMA outlets
- 2004 Massachusetts Fighter of the Year Honors
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||24 wins||9 losses|
|Win||24–9||Michael Chiesa||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi||September 5, 2014||2||2:14||Ledyard, Connecticut, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||23–9||Mac Danzig||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2||December 14, 2013||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||22–9||Michael Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||22–8||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 155||December 29, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night; Fight of the Year (2012)|
|Win||22–7||Jamie Varner||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera||August 4, 2012||3||2:44||Los Angeles, California, United States||Submission of the Night; Fight of the Night|
|Loss||21–7||Anthony Pettis||KO (head kick & punches)||UFC 144||February 26, 2012||1||1:21||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||21–6||Melvin Guillard||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 136||October 8, 2011||1||0:47||Houston, Texas, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||20–6||Curt Warburton||Submission (triangle kimura)||UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry||June 26, 2011||1||1:58||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Loss||19–6||George Sotiropoulos||Submission (kimura)||UFC 123||November 20, 2010||2||2:43||Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||19–5||Gabe Ruediger||Submission (armbar)||UFC 118||August 28, 2010||1||2:01||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Loss||18–5||Sam Stout||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 108||January 2, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||18–4||Jeremy Stephens||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||2||4:43||Tampa, Florida, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||17–4||Kyle Bradley||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs Neer||September 18, 2008||2||1:34||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||16–4||Kenny Florian||TKO (punches & elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon||April 2, 2008||2||3:28||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||16–3||Jason Reinhardt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 78||November 17, 2007||1||1:14||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||15–3||Brandon Melendez||Submission (triangle choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale||June 23, 2007||2||2:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||158lb Catchweight bout; Submission of the Night|
|Win||14–3||Jens Pulver||KO (punch)||UFC 63||September 23, 2006||1||0:48||Anaheim, California, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||13–3||Douglas Brown||Submission (armbar)||WFL 6: Real: No Fooling Around||April 1, 2006||1||1:47||Revere, Massachusetts, United States||Became WFL Grand Prix Champion|
|Win||12–3||Zane Baker||KO (slam)||WFL 6: Real: No Fooling Around||April 1, 2006||1||3:39||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||11–3||Adam Comfort||Submission (achilles lock)||WFL 6: Real: No Fooling Around||April 1, 2006||1||1:44||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||10–3||Raphael Assunção||Submission (armbar)||Absolute Fighting Championships 15||February 18, 2006||2||4:37||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||10–2||Antoine Skinner||Submission (triangle choke)||CZ 12: Night of Champions||November 5, 2005||1||1:00||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Ivan Menjivar||Submission (calf slicer)||APEX: Undisputed||September 3, 2005||1||3:39||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||9–1||Tim Honeycutt||TKO (punches)||Absolute Fighting Championships 13||July 30, 2005||1||0:11||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Loss||8–1||Jorge Masvidal||TKO (punches)||Absolute Fighting Championships 12||April 30, 2005||2||3:57||Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||8–0||Joe Ahlert||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Mass Destruction 19||February 26, 2005||3||3:47||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||7–0||Ryan Ciotoli||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||CZ 9: Hot Like Fire||December 14, 2004||3||0:34||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||6–0||Mike Brown||Submission (rear-naked choke)||CZ 8: Street Justice||October 2, 2004||3||2:14||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||5–0||Justin Blasich||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Mass Destruction 17||August 28, 2004||1||1:02||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||4–0||Renat Myzabekov||Submission (achilles lock)||CZ 7: Gravel Pit||July 10, 2004||1||0:40||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||3–0||Kyle Sprouse||Submission (heel hook)||CZ 6: Rampage||June 26, 2004||1||0:26||Taunton, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||2–0||Jerry Mosquea||Submission (punches)||MMA: Eruption||April 30, 2004||1||2:37||Lowell, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||1–0||David Gilrein||Submission (armbar)||Mass Destruction 15||February 21, 2004||1||3:42||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
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- UFC Fighter Rankings
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- "SHERDOG FIGHTFINDER". Retrieved 2009-02-06.
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- "Deathwish sponsored fighter Joe Lauzon fighting in UFC 63 this Saturday". 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2011-12-03.
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- "Injury forces Hermes Franca off UFC Fight Night 17 card". 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2009-02-06.
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- "Joe Lauzon vs Sam Stout in the works for UFC 108 on Jan. 2". MMAMania.com. 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- "FLD Exclusive Interview with Joe Lauzon". FightLockdown. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- "George Sotiropoulos vs. Joe Lauzon slated for UFC 123, title shot may loom". mmajunkie.com. 2010-09-08.
- UFC 123 play by play and live results. mmajunkie.com. November 20, 2010
- "Joe Lauzon Draws Curt Warburton at UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-04-11.
- "Charles Oliveira, Joe Lauzon likely to meet at UFC 138". tatame.com. 2011-07-06.
- "Charles Oliveira replaces Paul Taylor, meets Donald Cerrone at UFC on Versus 5". mmajunkie.com. 2011-07-07.
- "Melvin Guillard vs. Joe Lauzon in the works for UFC 136 in Houston". mmajunkie.com. 2011-07-15.
- "Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon official for UFC 144 in Japan". mmajunkie.com. November 25, 2011.
- "Joe Lauzon vs Terry Etim at UFC on FOX 4". fightersonly.com. March 28, 2012.
- "Joe Lauzon vs. Gray Maynard slated for UFC 155 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. August 23, 2012.
- "Gray Maynard injured, Jim Miller steps in to face Joe Lauzon at UFC 155". mmajunkie.com. November 14, 2012.
- Staff (2013-05-13). "Joe Lauzon meets Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- Staff (2013-08-18). "White: Johnson vs. Lauzon 'one of the most lopsided' fights in UFC history". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- Tom Ngo (2013-09-18). "Joe Lauzon Faces Mac Danzig at UFC on FOX 9". 5thround.com. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
- Tristan Critchfield (2013-06-17). "Lightweights Joe Lauzon, Michael Chiesa Slated for UFC Fight Night in Connecticut". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- Staff (2014-09-05). "UFC Fight Night 50 results: Michael Chiesa end prematurely ends thriller with Joe Lauzon". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-05.
- "UUFC Fight Night 50 bonuses: Lauzon, Chiesa, Souza and Rothwell win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. September 6, 2014.
- Official site
- MySpace site
- Joe Lauzon on Twitter
- Official UFC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Joe Lauzon from Sherdog
- Joe Lauzon Sqor Profile