Coming into last Saturday night in Boston, all we heard about UFC Lightweight Joe Lauzon was how many Fight Night bonuses he won. However, things didn’t go well for Lauzon at UFC Fight Night: Shogun Vs Sonnen. Almost from the first bell, it was clear Michael Johnson was faster to the punch that Lauzon and he couldn’t get anywhere near him in order to take him down. While some UFC stars would be throwing their camp under the bus, or claiming they were injured in training, Lauzon recently broke down what happened in the cage at the TD Gardens against Johnson. It’s very rare you hear someone speak so candidly about their losses, and is yet another reason why Lauzon has so many devout fans.
Lauzon told Yahoo!:
“It was 100 percent not my night. But I stand by everything I said [before the fight]: I had great sparring partners and I had a great training camp. I was feeling strong. I was feeling fast. I was feeling super confident and I wasn’t looking past him, because I knew how super tough he would be. Just looking at myself, I felt I was in great shape and ready to go and he right off the bat took me out of my game. I never really got started and usually, I like to come out and be really aggressive.
“For this fight, it was the opposite a little bit. We wanted him to come forward and we wanted him to throw a little bit so we could close the distance on him. Some people think I wanted to have a boxing match or a kickboxing match or that it was me trying to show off my new improved stand-up.”
“I was trying to get the fight to the ground. There were a couple of times I got in and got a body lock, and he did a great job of shaking away and getting away. I was trying to set things up, but he did a great job and I could never get things going.”
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