Joe Lauzon is a former IT (Information Technology) professional who now trains as an MMA fighter in the UFC, a far stretch from what most people with his intimate knowledge of computers do in their spare time. This Saturday night, Lauzon meets Melvin Guillard at UFC 136 from Houston’s Toyota Center – a powerful competitor who couldn’t be more different from Lauzon in terms of personality or style.
For Lauzon (20-6), becoming a Mixed Martial Artist has been no different than working on computers, just with a few more bumps and bruises along the way. Of his 20 career victories, sixteen have come by way of submission. Also worth mentioning, Lauzon is 4-2 in his last six bouts inside the UFC, and 7-3 all-time in the Octagon.
“I think I’ve always had killer instinct, but there are times in jiu-jitsu and grappling and things like that where I get a submission, and I attack, but think I think, okay, I’ve got this guy, he’s mine,” said Lauzon in an interview with the UFC’s website. “And then I go slow with it because I’m looking out for the guy. I’m not looking to destroy someone’s shoulder or ruin their career or anything like that.”
That came back to haunt Lauzon against Sam Stout, as he didn’t fully work a shoulder lock and Stout was able to escape, going on to claim a decision victory over the Massachusetts native. In “The Young Assassin”, Lauzon will have to be going all-out, as “The Young Assassin” is a dangerous fighter.
“I don’t think either one of us are gonna have defense in mind all that much,” said Lauzon of fighting Guillard, who has nineteen career knockouts and is 29-8 overall. “We’re both trying to overwhelm the other person. I’m excited and I definitely see ‘Fight of the Night’ or something coming out of it. If I catch him in a submission, it’s gonna be crazy; if he knocks me out, it’s gonna be a good knockout, and if I knock him out, the same thing. No matter how it ends, I think it’s gonna be a great fight.”
Lauzon has earned three ‘Submission of the Night’ and three ‘Fight of the Night’ honors since joining the UFC in 2006 – all in different fights.
While training at his own gym, Lauzon MMA, “J-Lau” has been working on continual improvement in all areas of his game. And plans on doing that for the rest of his life.
“I will always be a grappler at heart. Long after I am done training, I will always do jiu-jitsu and I will always say that jiu-jitsu is the better way to fight over boxing and punching,” Lauzon said. “I’m gonna stick to my strength. I’m gonna have to use my hands to set up things, but I’m not gonna go out there throwing bombs looking to win this fight by knockout.”
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MMATraining Take: Lauzon knows he isn’t going to knock Guillard out unless he gets lucky and catches him with a big shot. For Lauzon, it is all about taking Guillard to the ground and working for a submission, as “The Young Assassin” has been tapped four times in his UFC career. With those powerful hands, however, Guillard is going to be difficult to get in on and take to the mat.