Joe Lauzon

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Joe Lauzon
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Born (1984-05-22) May 22, 1984 (age 30)
Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
Other names J-Lau, The Human Bonus Machine
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 71.5 in (182 cm)
Fighting out of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States
Team Lauzon MMA
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[1]
Years active 2004 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 33
Wins 24
By knockout 6
By submission 17
By decision 1
Losses 9
By knockout 3
By submission 3
By decision 3
Occupation IT Network Admin / Professional MMA
Notable relatives Dan Lauzon, brother
Website http://www.joelauzon.com
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.[2] Joe's younger brother, Dan Lauzon, is also a mixed martial artist.[3][4]

Background[edit]

Lauzon was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he lived until he was in the third grade, when he moved to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.[5] 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.[3][5] 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.[3][6]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lauzon's first amateur fight was in 2002. He held a 5-3 record as an amateur.[5]

In 2004, Lauzon had his first cage fight, winning with a first round armbar in a local Massachusetts promotion, Mass Destruction.[7] 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.[5] Lauzon was also named 2004 Massachusetts fighter of the year by local Massachusetts MMA outlets.[8]

Lauzon made his debut in the UFC upsetting former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver at UFC 63 on September 23, 2006, winning via KO in 48 seconds and in doing so, beat 7-to-1 odds.

Lauzon has been sponsored throughout his career by independent record label Deathwish Inc., which is based out of his home state.[9]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11] 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[edit]

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.[12] However, Franca pulled out of the event with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.[13] Jeremy Stephens stepped in as a late replacement.[14] Lauzon defeated Stephens by armbar in the second round.

Lauzon fought Sam Stout on January 2, 2010, at UFC 108 and lost in a very entertaining fight by decision, which also won Fight of the Night.[15][16]

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

Lauzon faced Curt Warburton on June 26 at UFC on Versus 4.[20] Lauzon defeated Warburton via first round kimura.

Lauzon was briefly linked to a bout with Charles Oliveira on November 19, 2011 at UFC 138.[21] However, Oliveira instead faced Donald Cerrone on August 14, 2011 at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle, replacing an injured Paul Taylor.[22]

Lauzon defeated Melvin Guillard on October 8, 2011 by rear-naked choke submission at UFC 136,[23] earning his fourth Submission of the Night honor and sixth straight UFC Bonus award.

Lauzon faced Anthony Pettis on February 26, 2012 at UFC 144[24] He lost the fight by KO due to a head kick in 91 seconds.

Lauzon was expected to face Terry Etim on August 4, 2012 at UFC on Fox 4.[25] However, Etim was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Jamie Varner.[26] 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[27] and a Fight of the Year nomination at the World MMA Awards.[28]

Lauzon was expected to face Gray Maynard on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[29] However, Maynard pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by Jim Miller.[30] Miller defeated Lauzon via unanimous decision. The back and forth action earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.

Lauzon faced Michael Johnson on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[31] He was defeated by unanimous decision, after being outmatched by Johnson.[32]

Lauzon faced Mac Danzig on December 14, 2013 at UFC on Fox 9.[33] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Lauzon faced Michael Chiesa on September 5, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50.[34] 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.[35] The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[36]

Lauzon was expected to face Diego Sanchez on November 15, 2014 at UFC 180, replacing an injured Norman Parke.[37] However, on October 23, it was announced that injuries to both Sanchez and Lauzon led to the pairing being scrapped altogether.[38]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • World Fighting League
    • WFL Grand Prix Champion
  • Massachusetts MMA outlets
    • 2004 Massachusetts Fighter of the Year Honors

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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)[41] 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 TKO (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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
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  21. ^ "Charles Oliveira, Joe Lauzon likely to meet at UFC 138". tatame.com. 2011-07-06. 
  22. ^ "Charles Oliveira replaces Paul Taylor, meets Donald Cerrone at UFC on Versus 5". mmajunkie.com. 2011-07-07. 
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