UFC veteran Joe Lauzon is currently gearing up for his upcoming ‘UFC Fight Night: Nashville’ scrap on April 22nd against Stevie Ray. For Lauzon, one of fight fan’s favorite fighters to watch, he will be looking to build on his controversial split decision win over Marcin Held earlier this year, which saw him rebound from a split decision loss to Jim Miller back in August of 2016 at ‘UFC Fight Night: Vancouver’.
Ahead of Lauzon’s fight with Ray, he spoke to MMAJunkie about the upcoming return of former welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre, and why he feels BJ Penn is actually arguably the greatest fighter of all time (GOAT):
“He’s had a lot of fights where he didn’t come out looking so great, but he’s also one of the only guys that would go and jump up one, two or three weight classes and bounce all around and do all kinds of stuff,” Lauzon said. “I think that is super impressive. I think it’s B.J. There are some other guys who have been really dominant in their weight class, but they don’t really leave their weight class.
“I think ‘GSP’ was awesome. I think (UFC flyweight champ) Demetrious Johnson is great – he just seems unstoppable. But I don’t know – I guess, (if) Demetrious Johnson was bouncing around like B.J. was, I don’t think he would do as well. If he tried to jump up two or three weight classes, I don’t think he’d do as well. You’re going to lose fights here and there. But there are so many great fighters you can say are the ‘G.O.A.T.’ and they’d all be credible answers.”
St-Pierre is of course gearing up for his upcoming middleweight showdown with champion Michael Bisping later this year.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/25/2017.