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Joe Lauzon

Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon

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  • Given Name: Joseph E. Lauzon Jr.
  • Professional MMA Record: 23-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: J-Lau
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 30 | Date of Birth: 1984.05.22
  • Last Fight: December 14, 2013 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $822,400 USD
  • Born: Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Foundation Style: N/A

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UFC fighter Joe Lauzon lives and trains near Boston, Massachusetts, where he maintains an MMA academy bearing his name. A Network Administrator by trade, he began MMA as a hobby but quickly left his job to train full time. Fighting in the UFC’s lightweight (155 lb.) division, Lauzon exceeded initial fan expectations upon entering the promotion. He made his name in the organization in a big way, knocking out MMA legend Jens “Little Evil” Pulver in the first round in his UFC debut, in what was expected by most to be a successful return to the big leagues for Pulver. He is known to be a very exciting fighter which is demonstrated by his 12 post fight award bonuses including 6 submission of the night, 5 fight of the night, and 1 knockout of the night. This total ties him with Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva for total bonuses.


After his upset win over Pulver, he was given a spot on the fifth installment of The Ultimate fighter. He was placed on BJ Penn's team. There was some initial tension as the coach for the other team was none other than Jens Pulver. This is the only time that a contestant has previously beaten a coach from their TUF season. He won his first two fights against Brian Geraghty and Cole Miller before being eliminated by the season runner up, Manvel Gamburyan. He made his official UFC debut at the TUF 5 finale, defeating fellow contestant Brandon Melendez by triangle choke in the second round. Lauzon has remained in the UFC continually since the show. He is one of only 4 fighters from that season to still be in the UFC.  

Lauzon has lost only to top names in the UFC lightweight division. These include an exciting back-and-forth affair with Kenny “Ken-Flo” Florian at UFC Fight Night 13 for greater Boston area bragging rights, and a war with tough Canadian standout Sam Stout in which Lauzon nearly ended the fight via submission, but was worn down and out-boxed in the later rounds. He was defeated by former WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, in devastating fashion by a head kick for his most recent loss. 


Lauzon has defeated tough fighters, including Jeremy Stephens via armbar, as well as Kyle Bradley. Recent victories over Melvin Guillard and a comeback wave riding Jamie Varner have helped to solidify his place towards the top of the division. He next took on fellow grappler, Jim Miller in the Co-main event at UFC 155. In and incredible fight that showed huge heart from Lauzon, Miller came out with a unanimous decision win. Although he was badly hurt and bleeding profusely after the first round, Lauzon was able to battle on and the two received $65,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus for his effort.


With his younger brother Dan Lauzon also a professional fighter with UFC experience, Joe Lauzon is considered the more tactical and technical of the two fighters. He possesses excellent agility and quick-twitch musculature, powerful strikes as a result of his long reach, and very solid ground skills. A smart and cagey fighter, Lauzon will often reach into his bag of tricks to utilize techniques most fighters  may have learned, but forgot to apply.


The Ultimate Fighter 5

Episode 5 Lauzon def. Brian Geraghty by Rear Naked Choke at 1:13 of Round 1

Episode 8 Lauzon def. Cole Miller by TKO (Strikes) at 3:58 of Round 2

Episode 11 Manny Gamburyan def. Lauzon by Unanimous Decision

Last updated 04.08.2014, 3:13 PM ET
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Joe Lauzon Lightweight Ranking History

Joe Lauzon MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Mike Chiesa

UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.09.05
Odds: +125 Slight Underdog
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mac Danzig
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC on FOX 9: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.12.14
Odds: -175 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Michael Johnson
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.08.17
Odds: -245 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $27,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jim Miller
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.12.29
Odds: +165 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $92,000 ($27K Base, $65K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#54 Greatest Fight of All Time
#28 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#5 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
UFC 155 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Gray Maynard UFC 155 2012.12.29
Reason: Maynard Knee Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
2:44 Round 3 of 3, 12:44 Total

Jamie Varner
Ref: Luis Cobian

UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.08.04
Odds: -125 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Fight/Night, $50K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.8 lbs
#51 Greatest Fight of All Time
#91 Greatest Submission of All Time
#21 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#3 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#10 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
UFC on FOX 4 Fight of the Night
UFC on FOX 4 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Terry Etim UFC on FOX 4 2012.08.04
Reason: Etim Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:21 Round 1 of 3

Anthony Pettis
Ref: Marc Goddard

UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2012.02.25
Odds: +245 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#2 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC 144 Knockout of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
0:47 Round 1 of 3

Melvin Guillard
Ref: Kerry Hatley

UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.10.08
Odds: +400 Heavy Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs
#42 Biggest Upset of All Time
#10 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC 136 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Shoulder
1:58 Round 1 of 3

Curt Warburton
Ref: Chip Snider

UFC on Versus 4: Barry vs. Kongo
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.06.26
Odds: -325 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#32 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC on Versus 4 Submission of the Night
Loss | Submission | Shoulder
2:43 Round 2 of 3, 7:43 Total

George Sotiropoulos
Ref: Mark Fennell

UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.11.20
Odds: +190 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $80,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
#34 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#15 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
UFC 123 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:01 Round 1 of 3

Gabe Ruediger
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.08.28
Odds: -375 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $84,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus, $60K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#14 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
UFC 118 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Terry Etim UFC 118 2010.08.28
Reason: Etim Broken Rib
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sam Stout
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 108: Evans vs Silva
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.01.02
Odds: -298 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $62,000 ($12K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Thousand Foot Krutch - Move
#37 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
UFC 108 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Hermes França UFC UFN 17 2009.02.07
Reason: Franca Torn ACL
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:43 Round 2 of 3, 9:43 Total

Jeremy Stephens
Ref: Troy Waugh

UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Stephens
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.02.07
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus, $30K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#82 Greatest Submission of All Time
#39 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
UFC Fight Night 17 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:34 Round 2 of 3, 6:34 Total

Kyle Bradley
Ref: Josh Arney

UFC Fight Night 15: Diaz vs. Neer
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.09.17
Odds: -685 Huge Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:28 Round 2 of 3, 8:28 Total

Kenny Florian
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2008.04.02
Odds: +168 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
UFC Fight Night 13 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:14 Round 1 of 3

Jason Reinhardt
Ref: Kevin Mulhall

UFC 78: Validation
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.11.17
Odds: -441 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
2:09 Round 2 of 3, 7:09 Total

Brandon Melendez
Ref: Herb Dean

The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2007.06.23
Odds: -550 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $56,400 ($8K Base, $8,400 Bonus, $40K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:48 Round 1 of 3

Jens Pulver
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 63: Hughes vs Penn
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2006.09.23
Odds: +330 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $46,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus, $40K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs
#7 Biggest Upset of All Time
UFC 63 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Slam

Zane Baker

World Fighting League

2006.04.01
Win | Submission | Armlock

Douglas Brown

World Fighting League

2006.04.01
Win | Submission | Leglock

Adam Comfort

World Fighting League

2006.04.01
Loss | Submission | Armlock

Raphael Assunção

Absolute Fighting Championship

2006.02.18
Win | Submission | Choke

Antoine Skinner

Combat Zone

2005.11.05
Loss | Submission

Ivan Menjivar

APEX

2005.09.03
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Tim Honeycutt

Absolute Fighting Championship

2005.07.30
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Jorge Masvidal

Absolute Fighting Championship

2005.04.30
Win | Submission | Choke

Joe Ahlert

Mass Destruction

2005.02.26
Win | Submission | Choke

Ryan Ciotoli

Combat Zone

2004.12.04
Win | Submission | Choke

Mike Brown

Combat Zone

2004.10.02
Win | Submission | Choke

Justin Blasich

Mass Destruction

2004.08.28
Win | Submission | Leglock

Renat Myzabekov

Combat Zone

2004.07.10
Win | Submission | Leglock

Kyle Sprouse

Combat Zone

2004.06.26
Win | Submission | Punches

Jerry Mosquea

MMA

2004.04.30
Win | Submission | Armlock

David Gilrein

Mass Destruction

2004.02.21

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