UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon has never had the honor of earning a title-shot despite a slew of success inside the Octagon. What he has done, however, is take home more bonuses than any fighter in UFC history other than pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva.
Lauzon’s luck when it comes to getting a salary boost after the bulk of his bouts is actually a matter of attitude rather than any sort of stars needing to align. The 22-7 Massachusetts native, who has finished every opponent he’s beaten, prefers to go all out in his rumbles rather than approach things cautiously in hopes of earning an easy, but boring, decision victory. And, as fans may have already assumed, Lauzon won’t be changing things up for tonight’s match-up at UFC 155 with Jim Miller.
“People talk all the time about how there are such discrepancies with judges, but there are no discrepancies with a knockout or a submission. When you go out there and finish somebody, you’re making a statement: ‘I’m the better fighter. That other guy gave up or I put his lights out.’ In a judges’ decision, you have to pick a winner because you’ve run out of time – it’s a logistics thing. There’s nothing clearer to me than tapping someone out or knocking someone out. If I’m going to train for months on end, I’m going to do my best so there is no question at the end. Sometimes that might end with me losing the fight, but I can say that I’m happy because I went for it. It would drive me crazy to play it safe and have all these wins go to decision. That wouldn’t be satisfying for me.”
“My place is producing exciting fights. More often than not it ends in me winning, but sometimes I’m losing. I’m going out there to put on exciting fights. I’m going out there to put on the types of fights that I want to watch. There are far too many variables to figure out what is going to happen after. I try to keep my nose down, stay as healthy as I can, prepare as best as I can, train as hard as I can, and take the fights one at a time and let them happen. I feel like a lot of times these guys are getting title shots and put into big fights because of injuries, so it’s a case of staying healthy, staying in-shape, and sooner than later the stars will align for everyone and they’ll get their big opportunity. And you need to take advantage of that big opportunity. You can’t be out of shape, you can’t be banged up. When the UFC calls, you have to be ready to go.”
“Whoever makes the mistake first is going to pay for it and is probably going to lose the fight. We’re both looking to push the pace. Neither one of us is looking to play it safe and looking to win by decision.”
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