Joe Lauzon is two years removed from graduating at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is nearly two years removed from his stunning KO victory over Jens Pulver at UFC 63. Lauzon is also over a year removed from graduating from the Ultimate Fighter Season Five class.
Yet somehow it seems as though the time and setting are perfect for Lauzon to begin his reign in the UFC lightweight division as a serious contender.
In a recent interview with the UFC lightweight, when asked what UFC fans can expect from Lauzon in 2009, he replied, “It’ll be a big year. I always like to say you’re only as good as your last fight…and I lost my last one so we definitely have to change things up.”
Lauzon, who trains in East Bridgewater, MA at his gym Reality Self Defense, lost his most recent fight to UFC veteran Kenny “Kenflo” Florian at UFC Fight Night 13 held in Broomfield, CO. According to Lauzon, he would love to have that fight back.
“I’d love to get Kenny Florian again at sea level,” said Lauzon. “I’d love to get that fight back. I thought I was doing good.”
When Lauzon was asked who he would least like to fight, he replied simply, “BJ.”
“The guy’s unbelievable. His stand up is great, hits really hard, incredible chin, great jiu-jitsu, great wrestling…and he’s training properly now.”
Aside from fighting in the UFC, Lauzon is also about as normal as any other 24-year-old.
“I started training jiu-jitsu because I got sick of playing Starcraft…I got bad eyes because of Starcraft.”
Lauzon also mentioned what a typical day is like in his life. A normal day by Lauzon’s standards consists of waking up around 8:30 a.m., watching a bit of television prior to training around 10:30 a.m., training a class around noon, brief relaxation, and returning to training once again around 6:30 p.m.
As simple and quiet as Lauzon may look, don’t let his young subtle face fool you. He is a force to be reckoned with.
His record of 15-3, while sporting a respectable 3-1 record in the UFC, has earned him a reputation of being a dangerous fighter that can end the fight anywhere.
Above all else, Lauzon would like to be remembered as an aggressive competitor that wins his fights in dominant fashion. Of course, if the past is any indicator, Lauzon’s legacy seems to be heading in the direction he wants.