After adding another Fight of the Night bonus to his already-stacked mantle, Joe Lauzon is in a nice position inside the UFC's lightweight division.
Sure, he dropped a judges' decision to Jim Miller Saturday night at UFC 155, but anybody who saw the fight knows that there was no loser.
We saw two elite fighters put everything on the line for 15 minutes, and each came close to finishing the fight on multiple occasions.
How does Lauzon move forward from this battle?
For starters, he should consider a blood transfusion. After Miller caused a nasty cut in the fight's first frame, Lauzon's Nosferatu-esque dome turned into a spurting fountain of crimson nectar, and the flow continued unabated for the bout's duration.
Once Luazon is medically cleared and ready to go, I really, really like a matchup with recent title challenger Nate Diaz.
Both guys like to come forward, both guys can end fights on the feet or on the ground, and both will need a big win to stay in the title hunt.
Lauzon is far from Diaz in most lightweight rankings, but this is one of those matchups you just have to make while the getting's good.
Honestly, I do not know if Lauzon quite has what it takes to challenge for the belt, so I think it is in the UFC's best interest to consistently match him up with fighters like Miller and, before that, Jamie Varner, fighters who pose threats everywhere fights go and have the gas tanks to back up their willingness to engage.
This description fits Diaz to a tee (T? tea? I never understood that expression anyway), and there is no way that bout does not satisfy.
Just like the bout with Jim Miller, Lauzon vs. Diaz is an instant Fight of the Night favorite and an MMA fan's wet dream.
I, for one, am getting a spare pair of underwear ready for this one, folks.