UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon is all about efficiency. The Bostonian holds an impressive 19-5 professional record and has finished off all of his victims before the final horns have sounded. It’s a streak he’ll be looking to extend against a tough George Sotiropoulos this Saturday at UFC 123.
“I think I have the ability to hurt someone faster than anyone else, and that’s something that BJ Penn and the other coaches from “The Ultimate Fighter” told me,” Lauzon told Tapology.com. “They weren’t super impressed with my grappling or my striking, but they said if I put my combinations together and was on target then I could hurt people faster than anyone else.
“It doesn’t matter how good you are, when you get caught with a couple of good shots, all of your skills go away. So sometimes it just comes down to getting in first.”
Fifteen of J-Lau’s wins have been courtesy of his purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. However, you typically gotta get your opponent to the canvas before that happens and the 26-year-old intends to ride his unpredictable stand-up game to another W in the Motor City.
“I do have a wild style – we always joke that it’s controlled chaos – but because I’m always taking chances in training,” Lauzon admitted. “I’m really good at making things up on the fly and adapting.
“Sometimes the risks outweigh the rewards, but if you train a low-percentage move enough, it becomes a high-percentage move. Like my leg locks.”
UFC 123 takes place inside The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. The lightweights are scheduled to kick-off the pay-per-view broadcast at 10PM ET/7PM PT.