Exclusive | Joe Lauzon, "I just go out and win"
Joe Lauzon vaulted himself in to a place no other fighter has been before with his submission win over Jamie Varner on the UFC on Fox 4 main card. He received a Fight of the Night Bonus, and a Submission of the Night Bonus for his victory. With those awards, Lauzon also became the all-time leader in post-fight bonus awards with eleven, surpassing the previous record of ten held by Chris Lytle.
His fight with Varner was definitely a memorable two and a half round war, and Lauzon definitely felt he earned the post bout awards.
“I’m always hunting submissions”, Joe stated. “I attack aggressively while I’m in the cage. I really wasn’t that surprised because of the way I fight”.
While fighters like Chris Lytle and Clay Guida have publicly stated one of, if not their main goal was to obtain those coveted bonuses, Lauzon isn’t one to chase them.
“I think I’m one of the guys who attacks more than anyone else. It’s just kind of a product of attacking and looking for submissions. I think some people try to ground and pound and just work away at people. I’m always trying to hurt people, but I want that submission every time”.
Joe has fought thirteen times in the UFC, and has a UFC record of 9-4. One of the main reasons he believes he manages to be successful in the UFC is the manner in which he finishes fights.
“There are some times you try and TKO someone then the other guy may hang on and they last it out. You get tired so my idea is to catch that submission. There’s no way to get away from it and I can be a little more methodical about it. I can make sure I get the sub, but with the TKO you never know how someone is going to react when you hit them”.
Shortly after Joe’s win at UFC on Fox 4, Jamie Varner took to the MMA media outlets stating that he could have beaten Joe “in a boring fight”. Lauzon brushed it off.
“It’s whatever. I’m not sweating it”, Lauzon said. “There have been fights that I lost where I thought I could have fought a safer fight. I’m not worried about. I got the win that’s all I care about”.
The fight that made a clear statement of how good Joe was occurred at UFC 63. Jens Pulver was returning to the UFC to coach The Ultimate Fighter opposite BJ Penn, but his comeback was spoiled by a 48 second knockout victory for Joe. A lot has changed since then.
“When I fought Jens that was the beginning”, said Joe. “I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t know what was going on. This fight I had more of an idea what was going on. There was so much more media and it was completely different on that end. When I first signed with the UFC we didn’t have Strikeforce, and other options really. The media was there, but not like it is now. Back then, I fought in a bunch of local shows and there was never any other place to go. Everyone’s ultimate goal is the UFC and I’m glad I’m there”.
With success comes criticism, and Joe has learned to deal with it. In the infancy of his UFC run he might have let it get under his skin, but not anymore.
“I don’t let it bother me at all”, he said. “I don’t pay attention to what people think of me. I just go out and win. If people want to hate on me there’s nothing I can do about it. I just care what my coaches and I think of me. That’s all that matters”.