- LOYALTY TO B.J. PENN HAS JOE LAUZON PREPARED

March 8, 2008
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by Andrew Nostvick for MMAWeekly.com
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On April 2, two Ultimate Fighter contestants will go face-to-face when<br /> season five star Joe Lauzon takes on season one runner-u

On April
2, two Ultimate Fighter contestants will go face-to-face when season five star
Joe Lauzon takes on season one runner-up Kenny Florian. The two will be
competing in the main event of a stacked UFC Fight Night card when the Ultimate
Fighting Championship returns to Colorado.

 

For
Lauzon, it’s just another fight, but a fight that he knows he needs to be ready
for come April 2.

 

“I’m not
going to get caught up in it all. To me, it’s just another fight,” he said. “It’s
nice that they are using my fight with Kenny as the headline fight, but that
doesn’t change the fact that I need to train hard and do my job.”

 

Both
fighters are coming off wins. Lauzon defeated Jason Reinhardt at UFC 78 in
November. He has a 16-3 MMA record and has won his last six fights. His biggest
win to date in the UFC was when he spoiled the return of Jens Pulver at UFC 63:
Hughes vs. Penn by knocking out “Little Evil” in the first round.

 

Florian’s
last fight was in September when he defeated Din Thomas at a UFC Fight Night
event. He’s won three straight fights since his decision loss to Sean Sherk at
UFC 64 in a bout for the lightweight championship.

 

Lauzon
knows that Florian is good on the ground and standing. However, he believes
that Florian is a good match up stylistically.

 

“Kenny is
very good. He is great on the ground and has submitted a bunch of guys, but he
has great striking too,” he said. “I think we match up pretty well style-wise
and I think you are going to see a dog fight from start to finish.”

 

Lauzon
knows that Florian is one of the bigger names in the UFC lightweight division. “J-Lau”
believes he needs to pressure Florian in order to come out on top.

 

“It’s all
about pressure,” he stated. “Kenny and I are both going to bring the pressure
and whoever weathers it from the other better is going to come away with a win.”

 

To
prepare for the fight, Lauzon has been working with his Ultimate Fighter coach,
current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, with whom Lauzon continues to
adjust his fight game.

 

“Working
with B.J. has been amazing. Every day I get to go out and work out with the
lightweight champ of the UFC,” he said with exuberance. “I have learned
everything from small training habits to ideas on fighting and technique.”

 

A win for
Lauzon would definitely help his continual climb up the lightweight ladder, but
he intends on keeping his focus on the fight.

 

“A win
over Kenny is huge for me, but I am not even gonna think past April 2 until the
time has come,” he stated. “First things first, I’m gonna deal with Kenny before
I look any further.”

 

There is
a plethora of choices for Lauzon to face if he wins this fight. He will fight
anybody the UFC sends his way, but his loyalty to Penn is much more important
than a title shot against his mentor.

 

“I would
much rather be part of the team here than go off and fight B.J.,” Lauzon said. “I
am looking long term and I don’t think B.J. wants to hang around 155 for very
long anyways.”

 

The UFC
Fight Night card is stacked with great fights. The card features such fighters
as Karo Parisyan, Matt Hamill, Clay Guida, Spencer Fisher and many more. Lauzon
is personally, as a fan, looking forward to April 2.

 

“I think
it’s an amazing card from start to finish,” he said. “Karo, Nate (Diaz), Manny
(Gamburyan), (Tim) Boetsch, Spencer (Fisher), Gray (Maynard), Clay (Guida) and
(Frankie) Edgar. This card is packed with fights I am dying to see.”

 

The time
is now for Lauzon to shine even brighter than before. On April 2, we’ll know if
that’s the case.

 

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or comments to
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