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.