Joe Lauzon: I gameplan to dominate fights

Joe Lauzon is no stranger to exciting fights, having finished all 22 victories of his now lengthy MMA career. His style ends fights, but he still may be a few wins away from being considered a true top Lightweight. However, he already is in his eyes, telling MMAJunkie:

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m one of the top guys, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. Obviously it matters what Dana (White) and Joe Silva and those guys think, but I know those guys love to watch me fight. They obviously put me somewhere near the top. They gave me a co-main event slot. They’ve always put me in good fights, tough fights.” 

Lauzon is definitely the kind of fighter that fans love to watch, and he’ll take that aggressive style into his pivotal UFC 155 bout with fellow grappler Jim Miller this Saturday. His UFC on Fox 4 bout against Jamie Varner this August was widely considered one the most exciting fights of the year, and Lauzon is looking to continue this in Las Vegas. He described the difference between his mindset and that of more conservative fighters: 

“We don’t gameplan to win fights. We gameplan to dominate fights. Usually what happens is I hit them with a punch or an elbow or a knee or something like that and then catch a submission. They start to get a little loopy, and they start giving things up. 

I think other guys probably gameplan to win rounds. They’re going to stop the other guy and then win round after round. That’s not us. We gameplan to go out there and hurt people and dominate.”

Lauzon could catapult up the rankings significantly with a win over Miller. Can he rise to the challenge and become top level after several years in the UFC?

 


11 Comments

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    odesahitman

    December 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Joe is rapidly becoming one of my favorite fighters… I love his old school attitude of going in to destroy the opposition and win the fight, instead of beat the competition by winning the round.

    I believe that Dana and Joe Silver have allowed Joe to build himself up as a fighter, and are now in the process of building him up as a brand.

    Looking forward to seeing his progress.

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    jdnextchamp

    December 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    If he wins this one IMO he will be 1 impressive win away from a title shot.

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    Evan Holober

    December 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Love Joe, but he's just not a top tier fighter. He'll always beat most guys, and put together good win streaks (and be incredibly exciting while doing it).

    He just doesn't have the skill or discipline to beat at that apex level. He'll probably lose to Miller after a great opening round too.

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      SkateCanada

      December 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      Its possible, but I really hope you're wrong. He's been a stud for a looong time. Definately one of my favorite fighters in the UFC. His fight with Kenny Florian was one of the first that got me really hooked on MMA. Hope he ends up fighting for the belt in 2013.

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        Evan Holober

        December 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        He's definitely been a stud for a long time, but his ups and downs are incredibly consistent at this point. Win a few, lose one. Win a couple, lose one. Win one, lose one. Win a couple, lose one.

        He just beat Jamie so he's either do one more win, or a loss. Unfortunately for him Miller is the type of opponent he normally loses too.

        Hoping I'm wrong also. Always been a big fan of Joe.

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    KeithFarrell

    December 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Love Lauzon's approach of defeating his opponent rather than winning the fight… if you get what I mean.

    Big fan of Miller but hate seeing Lauzon lose, such a good kid who deserves every win he gets!

    Either way this is likely to be FOTN anddamn am I looking forward to it!

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    MD777

    December 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Joe Lauzon this kid always one of an exciting fighter

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