Joe Lauzon MMA Fighter Profile

Joe Lauzon was a late bloomer, only beginning his martial arts training in his junior year in high school. He had his first amateur fight in 2002, and only a couple years later had his first professional fight in 2004, where he went an eight fight winning streak, all ending in submission. He was crowned WFL Grand Prix Champion, as well as 2004 Massachusetts fighter of the year by local MMA outlets. He went on to UFC, where at UFC 63 on September 23, 2006, he won by KO in 48 seconds, a 7-to-1 odd.

Lauzon was then a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5. In the quarterfinals there was controversy of an illegal strike, but he still took the win. He lost to a unanimous decision in the semi-finals, and won the finale with a triangle choke at 2:09 of round two.

The undefeated Jason Reinhardt was defeated by Lauzon at UFC 78 by a rear naked choke in the first round. At UFC Fight Night 13, he was defeated by Kenny Florian, who had given several illegal shots to the back of Lauzons head. But he cm back in Ultimate Fight Night 15, taking down Kyle Bradley in the second round. On February 7, 2009, at UFC Fight Night 17, he was suppose to fight Hermes Frances in the main event, but he was out due to an injury, so Jeremy Stephens stepped in, to be defeated by Lauzon.

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