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Joe Lauzon

Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon

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  • Given Name: Joseph E. Lauzon Jr.
  • Professional MMA Record: 24-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: J-Lau
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 30 | Date of Birth: 1984.05.22
  • Last Fight: September 05, 2014 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: $872,400 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

Gyms & Affiliations

Joe Lauzon Wiki Update Wiki

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 all his post fight award bonuses which is currently the most in the UFC at 13.


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.


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. He would lose another decision to Michael Johnson  in his next bout.


Lauzon would get back to his winning ways with back to back victories. First he would win a decision over Mac Danzig followed up by yet another Fight of the Night bonus with his TKO victory over Mike Chiesa. The fight was stopped due to a nasty cut over Chiesa's eye, it was a good finish for Joe but would have been great to see the fight continue as the two were leaving it all in the cage. With this bonus win Lauzon surpassed Anderson Silva with the most post fight bonuses in the UFC history.


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 09.10.2014, 3:39 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
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:14 Round 2 of 3, 7:14 Total

Mike Chiesa
23-9-0 11-1-0

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

2014.09.05
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs | Referee: Herb Dean
#39 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC Fight Night 50 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mac Danzig
22-9-0 21-11-1

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 | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Michael Johnson
22-8-0 12-8-0

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 | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jim Miller
22-7-0 21-4-0

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 | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#54 Greatest Fight of All Time
#27 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
21-7-0 20-6-1

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 | Referee: Luis Cobian
#51 Greatest Fight of All Time
#91 Greatest Submission of All Time
#22 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
21-6-0 14-2-0

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

2012.02.25
Odds: +245 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs | Referee: Marc Goddard
#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
20-6-0 29-8-2

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 | Referee: Kerry Hatley
#41 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
19-6-0 7-2-0

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 | Referee: Chip Snider
#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
19-5-0 13-2-0

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 | Referee: Mark Fennell
#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
18-5-0 17-5-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Thousand Foot Krutch - Move
#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
18-4-0 14-5-1

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: Thousand Foot Krutch - Move
#36 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
17-4-0 16-3-0

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 | Referee: Troy Waugh
#82 Greatest Submission of All Time
#40 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
16-4-0 13-5-0

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 | Referee: Josh Arney
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:28 Round 2 of 3, 8:28 Total

Kenny Florian
16-3-0 8-3-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC Fight Night 13 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:14 Round 1 of 3

Jason Reinhardt
15-3-0 18-0-0

UFC 78: Validation
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

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

Brandon Melendez
14-3-0 20-12-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:48 Round 1 of 3

Jens Pulver
13-3-0 21-6-1

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
#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

Quebec Regional

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

Massachusetts Regional

2004.04.30
Win | Submission | Armlock

David Gilrein

Mass Destruction

2004.02.21
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Submission | Choke

Gesias Cavalcante

Mass Destruction

2003.12.13
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Gesias Cavalcante

Massachusetts Regional

2003.10.18
Win | Submission

Scott Honecker

Massachusetts Regional

2003.10.03
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Christian Montes

Mass Destruction

2003.06.07
Win | Submission | Strikes

Mark Corriveau

Massachusetts Regional

2003.05.10
Win | Submission

Greg Hunter

Massachusetts Regional

2003.03.01

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