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Tuesday, 06/11/2013, 02:34 pm

Joe Lauzon Wants to “Out Do” His Last Performance at The Garden in Boston

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| Joe Lauzon (22-8 MMA) will be making his 2nd appearance back in his home state under the UFC banner when he fights in Boston on August 17th for the debut event of UFC on FOX Sports 1 against Michael Johnson. Lauzon dominated Gabe Rudiger in that fight, submitting him in two minutes into the fight and earning ‘Submission of the Night’ honors. Lauzon has since gone 3-3 inside the UFC octagon but he’s hoping that another fight in Boston will help him notch another win to his record. Once he heard that the UFC would be returning Boston, Lauzon immediately asked the company to fight on the card and really wants to out do his last impressive performance at the TD Garden. In an interview with MMAFightCorner.com Lauzon talked about his return to Boston, his recurring scar tissue cuts, and how close he still felt he was to a UFC title shot. Here are some of the highlights from that interview:

“I’m really super excited to be fighting in Boston, but at the same time it’s going to be really hard to live up to that last fight,” Lauzon said to MMA Fight Corner. “It was the first time the UFC had come to Boston. It was the first time I got to fight in the Garden. It was such an awesome fight, a pretty one-sided beating. Everybody hated Gabe. It’s a lot to live up to. I’m going to try to out do it, but it’s going to be tough.”

Lauzon also talked about his recurring issues with scar tissue and cuts on his forehead and above his eyes:

“The big thing on all the scar stuff is I want to take care of it as much as I can. I think a lot of guys have recurring issues with scar tissue, but it’s usually around their eyes, like the eyebrow and things like that – natural ridges of the skull that a little bit of scar tissue makes it way worse – it’s easier to get split open to begin with,” Lauzon explained. “I don’t think that getting punched is going to split it open. I think it might be a tiny bit more likely with an elbow. But, my forehead was fine before and an elbow split it open anyway.”

“I don’t think it’s a big deal,” Lauzon continued. “I just want to put myself in the best starting position for the next fight as I can. I didn’t want it to be a case of one punch hits me in the forehead and now I’m dealing with blood gushing all over my eye again. I think you’re putting yourself behind the eight ball if you don’t go into a fight as healthy as possible.”

In closing Lauzon talked about the reality of a title shot in his future:

“You’re always looking at that title thing. I understand things are going to happen from time to time and if I have a year left in the sport, a title’s probably not going to happen,” Lauzon said. “But if I have 3 or 4 years, a lot can change in that time. I have been a little bit inconsistent with, you know, I get a couple wins, I get a loss…and that’s something where I’ve got to put together a few more wins, but I don’t think it’s ever out of the question – especially when there’s so many injuries and things like that that pop up all the time. There’s been tons of guys that have gotten title shots coming off a loss. I think it’s all about just being a little bit more consistent and just staying in the gym and staying active.”

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-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

 

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