In the early morning hours on February 17, 2011, lightweight fighter Dan Lauzon was stabbed in the shoulder outside a bar near Boston, Massachusetts. Neither Dan nor his older brother, UFC fighter Joe Lauzon, commented on the altercation; that is until Dan’s recent interview with BJPenn.com Radio Wednesday night.
Dan was discussing the difference in fighting style between his brother and him, saying that Joe uses his stand-up skills as a precursor to his ground game, while Dan does the opposite, utilizing his ground game to get the fight back to the feet. One of the underlying causes for this dichotomy, Dan speculated, was the way both of them grew up.
Joe, Dan explained, was always a ‘low-key [guy], did his thing, focused on school.’ Dan was always more physical, playing a lot of football and getting into a number of fights. That tendency followed him during his mixed martial arts career; and three years ago, it brought him to an incredibly dangerous scenario.
Asked about any memorable street fights that he had, Dan went on to talk about that night in 2011.
“One [fight] that happened a few years ago where- it was a buddy of mine, we were walking from one bar to another one to meet up with some friends. I don’t know, these kids started mouthing off to my boy- it was just me and my friend and 10-12 of them- just started saying something to my boy. I think my boy might have egged them on a little bit, I forget exactly how it happened… My boy is kind of saying s***, and I’m telling him, ‘Chill, dude. Relax, relax.’ It’s ten or twelve of them, it’s just me and him, and he’s not even exactly a fighter. So I’m like, ‘Dude if something happens, I’m going to end up swinging by myself here.’ They go back and forth, and I lean in to the main kid who was smashing on my boy and told him, ‘Dude, look, relax. You guys have been drinking, we’ve had some drinks. Why don’t you guys go that way, we’ll go this way. You guys aren’t here for something stupid.’”
Despite Lauzon’s attempts to dispel the situation, the group he faced refused to back down.
“Then the kid was like, ‘Oh, if you know what’s good you’ll go the other way.’ I’m like, ‘Alright, dude.’ I don’t really like the dude talking to me like that, I’m trying to be cool and calm the whole thing down. So I take a step back, and I’m standing there thinking about it. Then all of a sudden the f***ing kid just hawks a lungee right on the front of my shirt, and I’m like, ‘Alright, there’s no way we can walk away now.’ That’s the most- how I was raised- that’s the most disrespectful thing you can do to somebody, you spit on somebody like that. So I’m standing there or whatever, and then this kid starts unzipping his hoodie and starts pacing back and forth, and I’m like, ‘Alright, dude, for real? We’re going to fight right here? [Are] we gonna fight?’”
But it wasn’t that individual who would take the first swing at Lauzon.
“Then, I don’t know, this big ass kid came around from the back with a hoodie on, he had his hands in the front of his hoodie. He took his left hand out of his hoodie, and he sucker-punched me. As he hit me, I kind of ducked my head and threw a right hand, and hook and another right hand, and the last right caught him on the chin- he went out flat on his back, he was unconscious. Then I got my back- because all his boys spread out- I got my back against the wall of the building. I like worked my way towards the front of the building so that none of them could get behind me and s***. As I got towards the front of the building, that’s when all the bouncers and s*** came out, and all the dudes they gathered across from me.”
While all the excitement had ended, it was only then that Dan realized the extent of his attack. As his adrenaline levels dropped back to normal, he recalls feeling a burning pain in his shoulder.
“I’m standing there and my shoulder is on fire, I’m like, ‘Dude, what the hell?’ I could feel s*** running down my chest and my back, so I reached in under my shirt and I wiped my shoulder. There was all sorts of blood, so I reached in again, wiped it, and [there was] even more blood, so I unzipped my hoodie, took my shirt off, and I wipe it, the kid had f***ing stabbed me in the shoulder. I guess when he threw the left hand, when he caught me with the sucker-punch with the left hand and he took out his right hand, he threw like an overhand right, right as I ducked, he came over- he had a knife in his right hand- stabbed me in the shoulder. I ended up catching him with the last shot and knocked him out. I wiped my shoulder to see how bad it was, it wasn’t that bad. I had like 5 or 6 stitches for it, but I went over to him like, ‘Are you for real? You’re gonna stab me? You gonna stab me over this? That’s ridiculous.’ They’re like, ‘We didn’t stab no one, we didn’t stab no one.’ I’m like, ‘Alright, man.’ The cops came and whatever asking who did it, and I don’t know, I don’t really talk to cops like that.”
For Dan Lauzon, he was fortunate with his injuries as he returned to action fighting only 4 months later. Perhaps more importantly, however, is the wake-up call that the altercation gave Dan.
“That’s probably the one that hurt the most, just kind of made me realize that this street fighting and all this bull**** just really isn’t worth it, because anybody can do anything. It was stupid, it was literally this dude stabbed me over nothing.”
Dan Lauzon (16-4) will be fighting next against John Gunderson on Friday, June 14 at the World Series of Fighting 3. His debut for the WSOF organization, Lauzon will be looking to make a statement in the lightweight division by keeping his streak of wins alive: of his 16 wins, all 16 have come via KO or submission.
Be sure to check out the rest of Lauzon’s interview where he breaks down his WSOF 3 match up and discusses his career fighting alongside his brother Joe.
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