UFC All About Lauzon v Pettis; Super Bowl Bound?

November 3, 2011
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Joe Lauzon

Joe Lauzon has become a very popular fighter to call out in the last few months.

Following a knockout win over Shane Roller at UFC 132, Melvin Guillard said that he’d like to fight Lauzon for his next match-up. Lauzon stepped up and ended up submitting Guillard in only :47 seconds at UFC 136.

Now after that fight was over, former WEC champion Anthony Pettis became the latest fighter to utter Lauzon’s name after picking up a win on the same card. Pettis said he looked at Lauzon as a good fight and somebody he’d like to take on next.

“I have no idea what’s going on, I’m getting called out left and right,” Lauzon said in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. “I must look like an easy target or something. I’m not really sure what’s going on.”

Obviously Lauzon is anything but an easy target, but he’s happy to accept the challenge from Pettis, and it appears the UFC is very much on board as well.

“I’m always down for whatever the UFC wants. It sounds like that’s a fight that’s super exciting, so I’m all about it. I talked to Joe Silva, he’s all about it, Pettis seems to be about it, I’m about it, so I’m sure it’s going to happen,” Lauzon revealed.

“I don’t know exactly when, I’m trying to get on the Super Bowl card. I think that would be awesome.”

While discussions have taken place that almost make the fight a lock at this point, the only thing left to figure out is when and where Lauzon vs. Pettis will happen. Lauzon is hopeful for the early February date, but he’ll follow the UFC’s lead when they make the fight official.

“I’m trying to make that happen, but I think it’s definitely going to happen, I just don’t know when,” Lauzon said.

As far as the match-up goes, Lauzon looks at Pettis as a very dangerous and high level lightweight, which is exactly why he would accept the fight. The Massachusetts’ native admits that he trains that much harder for a tough opponent, and Pettis certainly fits the bill.

“I really like watching Anthony fight. That to me is just as important, I like fighting guys who go for the finish. He’s got great stand-up, he’s working on his wrestling, which is still pretty good, and he’s good off his back too. I think it will be an exciting fight,” Lauzon commented.

“I don’t think either one of us are going to blow the other one out of the water with stand-up or ground. I think it will be a dog fight.”

What’s guaranteed in the fight with Lauzon and Pettis is a new contender in the lightweight division. Pettis bounced back from his loss to Clay Guida in his UFC debut and beat Jeremy Stephens at UFC 136, while Lauzon has now won two fights in a row including the dominant victory over Melvin Guillard.

A win for either fighter could vault them right into lightweight title contention. Now it’s just a matter of figuring out when they will face off.

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  • johnnylopes

    Lauzon will defeat Pettis… Lauzon should be in LW Top 10 Ranking, not only that after he beats Pettis he should be looked at for a title shot and break TOP 5!!

  • please no takedowns

    what the hells wrong with you fool. it’s the super bowl card ,that means stacked.which means pettis versus a jim miller,a rematch with ben henderson or a maynard…pettis vs. lauzon would not even be interresting cause we all know lauzon isn’t on pettis’s level..If lauzon wants to be on a card like this one let him be on the undercard vs. who ever the hell,besides a top 10.

    • phrankthetank

      Really? Lauzon isn’t on pettis’s level? I think you’re still awe struck by the show time kick. Lauzon vs Pettis is a great fight and I look forward to seeing it. All Pettis has done so far in the UFC is hold down Jeremy Stephens. He’s far away from grey Maynard or Jim miller.

  • johnnylopes

    Joe Lauzon is the most underrated lightweight in the UFC, UFC does an awful job of marketing him, the kid been to decision 1 time and it was 29-28 against Sam Stout, other then that 1 lost all his fights been finishes, and hes only lost to top fighters, Ken Flo, Masvidal, Assuncao and Sotiropolous. Pettis hasnt fought anybody. Pettis last 3 fights Decision, Lauzon lost 1 time in decision (and Stout was playin it safe) in 7 years of pro fighting, and by the way they both were on the Edgar v Maynard 3 card, and Lauzon was on PPV and Pettis was on facebook or something (says alot), Lauzon deserves to be in top 10, n should get a contender or title shot after he beats Pettis

  • Mario

    Joe is no slouch on the feet. Alot of fighters look passed that in fights and get caught.

    If he beats Pettis, he should definitely be considered for a title shot. I guess the same could be said for Showtime..

    Should be a GREAT fight!!

  • This is a good fight for Anthony. Lauzon is very experienced and well-rounded. It should be a war. I think Anthony should get more experience in the UFC prior to talking about “title shots”. Someone said Anthony “held down” Jeremy Stephens, which may be true, but isn’t that what Guida did to Anthony?? Isn’t that what Fitch does to a lot of fighters?? Anyway, in my opinion this is a good fight to show BJJ in the midwest is way better that the BJJ in the east!!

  • Oh, and Pettis fight was on Spike, not on Facebook.

  • maybe its the other way around pettis is not on lauzons level I think Lauzon should fight the winner of guida henderson fight and winner gets a shot at the title.Pettis should fight miller