UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon isn’t looking past UFC Fight Night 26 foe Michael Johnson but he’s definitely not entering the Octagon as an intimidated adversary. Though Lauzon lost his last outing, he’s confident in his skill-set when compared to that possessed by the talented-but-streaky Ultimate Fighter 12 finalist.
Lauzon offered up an assessment of Johnson in a recent interview with UFC.com where he made it clear he respects his opponent’s abilities but believes his are a step above…
“He’s a southpaw, moves a lot, he’s very, very quick, has good footwork, quick hands, and he uses his jab a lot, but he can crack with his left hand too. So we definitely have to be careful and we don’t want to over pursue, but I feel like it’s a really good fight for me. I feel like I’m better everywhere. Stand-up’s pretty close, but I’m good at fighting lefties, I think wrestling’s pretty close, but in jiu-jitsu I think we’re worlds apart.”
“That doesn’t even enter my mind. I think that everyone’s super tough at this point. I’ve beat guys that I’m sure have slept on me a little bit, and I don’t want that to happen to me. I don’t want to sleep on this guy and what should have been a dominant win ends up being a controversial decision or an upset or anything like that. Once we find out who we’re fighting, we build up our opponent like the biggest monster possible, and through our camp we take everything away. And by the time the fight comes, there’s no way I can lose. I’m confident but I know I have to do all the things that we worked on in training, and that’s a necessity.”
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