If the rumors of Kenny Florian battling Joe Lauzon on an April edition of Ultimate Fight Night are true all I can say is it’s about time.
I had a heard a ton of great things about Joe Lauzon even before his shocking victory over Jens Pulver at UFC 66 in September 2006. That fight further cemented my beliefs that he would be one of the top stars of the UFC’s lightweight division but was disappointed when I heard he was casted as a member of TUF 5. While it seemed like a step down for J-Lau following the Pulver victory, I still felt he would ultimately win the tournament. In fact, in my previous blogging-life as the official TUF 5 blogger for spiketv.com, I even predicted Lauzon would breeze by the competition on the show. Things didn’t really go as planned but he did look impressive in his win over Brandon Melendez on the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter Finale – undercard being the operative word.
Then, he was “featured” on the undercard of UFC 78 against Jason Reinhardt. At this point I had to wonder why the UFC was dropping the ball with Lauzon. He couldn’t even crack the televised portion of one of the weakest UFC PPVs in recent history? What gives. Lauzon should be the type of fighter the UFC promotes to the public – not hides. I mean, he certainly doesn’t look like the average mixed martial artist and he even used to moonlight as a computer network administrator when he wasn’t knocking people out. What’s not to like?
Here’s hoping we see a whole lot more of Lauzon in 2008. Whether it’s main eventing a Spike TV card or moving up the 155-pound rankings – we need more J-Lau and we need it now.
Below is our interview with the Brockton, Massachusetts native. In it we converse about his UFC career, UFC 78, TUF 5 and a whole lot more.
Joe Lauzon – 1/3/08