Joe Lauzon
J-Lau

USA

Not ruling out return
LightweightUFC
October 22, 2019
Lauzon would not fully commit to retirement following his defeat of Jonathan Pearce via TKO (punches) at UFC Fight Night in Boston on Friday, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lauzon surprisingly dominated Pearce on Friday, requiring just 93 seconds to pick up his first knockout win in nearly 3.5 years. Leading up to the fight, Lauzon said that he told Dana White that he would retire if the fight didn't go well, but he does not want to rule out a return if he decides he wants to fight again. "I might want to do it again at some point but not right now," Lauzon said. "I understand this is such a good thing, (and) we can end this on a positive note. I understand all of the pros to being done right now, and I'm not saying that I'm not going to do that. I'm just saying I'm not 100 percent committing to that." If Lauzon does return to the octagon, it would likely be a while and take an appealing opportunity to do so, but he wants to leave the door open in case that opportunity presents itself.
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Brilliant effort in Boston
LightweightUFC
October 18, 2019
Lauzon defeated Jonathan Pearce via TKO (punches) at 1:33 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night Friday in Boston.
ANALYSIS
Well, that came out of nowhere. Without a knockout win in nearly 3.5 years and with just one victory -- period -- dating back to January 2017, Lauzon's first fight since April 2018 ended in a shocking result. With the entire crowd behind him, the Bridgewater, Massachusetts native popped Pearce with a one-two combo right off the hop before clamping on a beautiful body lock on the mat. Once on the ground, Lauzon used world-class positioning to tied up Pearce's arms while blasting him in the side of the head. Truth be told, referee Herb Dean could have stopped this fight several seconds earlier. In his post-fight interview with ESPN's Jon Anik, Lauzon said he is undecided regarding his future plans. Going out with a stoppage win in front of friends and family would be a great way for Lauzon to close the books on an excellent career.
Will face Pearce on Oct. 18
LightweightUFC
September 5, 2019
Lauzon will battle Jonathan Pearce for UFC Boston on Oct. 18, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The Massachusetts native will virtually receive a home match against his fellow counterpart. The 35-year-old last competed at UFC 223 in April of 2018, losing to Chris Gruetzmacher by TKO.
Appears to be nearing the end of his career with another loss at UFC 223
LightweightUFC
April 7, 2018
Lauzon lost to Chris Gruetzemacher via TKO (punches) at 5:00 of Round 2 at UFC 223 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
Lauzon gave it all he had in this fight, and it was not enough. He came out of the gate hot and landed some nice strikes. However, Gruetzemacher staged a comeback in the second round and finished the fight. Lauzon struggled to deal with the heavy fire. He ate a ton of strikes, both his eyes were busted and he was bleeding from his brow. The referee probably should have stopped the fight earlier. This was Lauzon's third loss in a row, and he might be coming to the end of his career.
Booked for Brooklyn event
LightweightUFC
January 25, 2018
Lauzon will take on Chris Gruetzemacher in Brooklyn at UFC 223 on April 7, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lauzon will look to snap a two-fight losing skid as he takes on Gruetzemacher in a lightweight showdown. In his most recent bout, Lauzon was defeated by Clay Guida via TKO (punch) during Round 1 of his contest in November. The 33-year-old has been struggling for a while now, and although his 27-14 career mark is still solid, he's lost five of his last eight fights dating back to 2015. On the other hand, "Gritz" is looking to stop his own two-bout losing streak, as he's lost to Davi Ramos and Chas Skelly in his last two outings, both coming on submissions. Over the course of his professional career, Gruetzemacher has accrued a 13-3 mark.
Steamrolled by Clay Guida Saturday in Norfolk
LightweightUFC
November 11, 2017
Lauzon lost to Clay Guida via TKO (punch) at 1:07 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
ANALYSIS
Lauzon has absorbed a ton of punishment over the years and the incompetence of referee Mike King forced him to absorb about a dozen more unnecessary strikes on Saturday. "J-Lau" was essentially out cold after taking a brutal uppercut from Guida. He was on autopilot and unable to defend himself from that point on but King allowed the fight to continue. There is a reason that Herb Dean and Big John McCarthy referee just about every important title fight this sport has. As for Lauzon, he might be finished. He has lost three of his last four fights and the 33-year-old doesn't possess the footwork to avoid his opponents' combinations. Lauzon is a smart guy and he might be best served to hang up his gloves.