Joe Lauzon Says He Gameplans to Dominate Fights
MMAjunkie recently spoke with UFC lightweight fighter Joe Lauzon. Lauzon faces Jim Miller in the co-main event at UFC 155. Here are the highlights:
Lauzon and his team’s approach to training: “We don’t gameplan to win fights. We gameplan to dominate fights…When we work on our boxing, we’re working on combinations that will finish the fight. You can’t go out there and throw Hail Marys right off the bat, but we always have some kind of way to end the fight, no matter where we are. It could be on the feet standing with combinations we think will really pay off. It could be catching people in transitions with wrestling, or it could be just good submissions. I’m worried more about the actual submission, the finishing technique, more so than just trying to take somebody down and hold them and make it impossible for them to get up but never offering anything. I don’t ever want to go out there and just try and steal away rounds and control someone. I want to hurt them.”
Why Lauzon doesn’t care about most other people’s lightweight rankings: “As far as I’m concerned, I’m one of the top guys, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. Obviously it matters what Dana (White) and Joe Silva and those guys think, but I know those guys love to watch me fight. They obviously put me somewhere near the top. They gave me a co-main event slot. They’ve always put me in good fights, tough fights. It’s nice that they care about where I am, but I don’t really care about making top-10 lists. I don’t care about making top-5 lists. None of that matters to me. What matters to me is where I am in Joe Silva’s eyes, where I am in Dana’s eyes and where I am in Lorenzo Fertitta’s eyes.”
On being more consistent and putting together a bigger winstreak: “I don’t think it’s ever like there’s some boundary line where you’ve either made it or not made it. I don’t think there’s really something quite like that. But I do need to be more consistent. I’ve done far too much of winning a fight and then losing a fight. I need to stay healthy and go out there get in the cage and do my job.”
Lauzon’s approach to striking and aggression against his opponents: “I want to hit my opponents in the face, elbow them, whatever I can do. Usually what happens is I hit them with a punch or an elbow or a knee or something like that and then catch a submission. They start to get a little loopy, and they start giving things up. So that’s what we gameplan for. I think other guys probably gameplan to win rounds. They’re going to stop the other guy and then win round after round. That’s not us. We gameplan to go out there and hurt people and dominate.”
UFC 155 will be broadcast live on PPV on Saturday, December 29. Preliminary fights will also be shown on Facebook and FX. Remember to tune into our live play by play coverage of the event and the post-fight press conference later this weekend.