UFC 155 Video: Dana White Video Blog Day 1, Joe Lauzon Wins $6K in Sparring

McKinley NobleCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2012

August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Joe Lauzon brings down Jamie Varner during the lightweight match at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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There's little more than a week left until UFC 155, and as usual, Dana White is kicking off fight week with his semi-regular video blog series.

In the first installment, the focus is squarely on Joe Lauzon, who will be competing on Saturday against fellow lightweight contender Jim Miller.

As White narrates for the camera, a friend of his called "Nick The Tooth'" was making good on a drunken grappling challenge against Lauzon with the caveat that Lauzon would win $1000 from White for each successful submission attempt.

In shades of an actual UFC event, the friendly sparring session was held in a full-size Octagon with ringside officials, a post-production crew and even a referee (one of Lauzon's training staff). Judging by the footage, the challenge went down at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington, which places the match around the recent UFC on Fox 5 card earlier this month.

Despite Nick being the larger man, Lauzon effortlessly pulled off six submissions in a single three-minute match, netting a $6000 prize from his boss. In order, Lauzon showed off an armbar, front-lock guillotine, toehold, armbar, a flying triangle choke and a third armbar.

Nick The Tooth walked away from the match a bit bloody but still had plenty of praise for Lauzon:

"It was a rough one. I didn't think he would have that kind of strength. He was strong, he was fast [and] he was explosive."

Lauzon's submission skills will almost certainly face a much stiffer test when he fights against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jim Miller this Saturday at UFC 155. Although it's not a requirement to win, Lauzon also aims to net a record-breaking 12th post-fight bonus in the UFC, which would officially top Anderson Silva's 11 post-fight bonuses.