UFC lightweight fighter Joe Lauzon returns to the Octagon Saturday, leading off the UFC on FOX 9 main card with a three-round fight against Mac Danzig. Coming into the bout, Lauzon is focused on getting back into the win column.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
This Saturday at UFC on FOX 9, fans will see a very motivated Joe Lauzon take on the talented Mac Danzig in a three-round bout.
For Lauzon (22-9) this fight means one thing: getting back into winning form.
“I try not to dwell on losses for too long afterwards,” Lauzon told Yahoo! Sports about his last fight against Michael Johnson, “but I’ll always want to get that one back.”
In that bout, at August’s UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, Lauzon faced rising star Michael Johnson. Johnson upset Lauzon in a three-round unanimous decision – the most one-sided loss in his career.
“In the fight,” he explains, “I never felt sharp or fast. When Johnson started out fast, because he’s a good, quick fighter, it was difficult. When he kept it up and then turned it on later, I couldn’t turn it up myself to match him.”
The difference in style was compounded by fighting in front of his hometown crowd, Lauzon explained.
“I loved sleeping in my own bed the night before a fight, I loved training at my gym, but all that isn’t my normal fight week routine,” he said.
In this weekend’s bout, Lauzon will be fighting on the opposite side of the country, in Sacramento, California. There he will face an equally motivated Mac Danzig, a fighter who has also gone 0-2 in recent bouts.
“I can’t speak for him but I know how it feels to want to get another win real badly,” Lauzon said of his opponent. “All the fight night awards don’t make you feel better about a loss.
“I can’t wait to get back into the Octagon on Saturday. I think he’s a better match up for me, in terms of speed. The idea is to make Mac pay for what I felt losing the last time.”
You can watch Joe Lauzon and Mac Danzig fight this Saturday, Decemer 14 live on FOX beginning at 8pm/5pm ETPT. There will also be preliminary bouts streaming online at 4:30pm/1:30pm ETPT and airing on FOX Sports 1 at 5pm/2pm ETPT.Tags: Joe Lauzon, mac danzig, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc fox 9, ufc news, UFC on FOX 9