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Joe Lauzon: The Accidental Star

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What began as innocent play-acting between friends on a backyard trampoline evolved into an unlikely career for Joe Lauzon — an information technology specialist by trade, a mixed martial artist by choice. Never in his wildest dreams could Lauzon have envisioned the path he has taken.

“It happened by accident,” Lauzon says. “We’d been power bombing and choke slamming each other on a trampoline, and it eventually turned into a grappling match to see who could stop who. A couple of my friends started training in jiu-jitsu, and the next thing I know, I’m getting triangle choked every two minutes.”

His competitive interest piqued, Lauzon decided to train, too, and through that seemingly insignificant decision, the Brockton, Mass., native charted a new course.

“I was like, ‘enough of this,’ and I started training jiu-jitsu,” he says. “And when my friends started fighting, I started fighting. A couple of years ago, I never would have thought I’d be on a billboard in Times Square.”

Lauzon has covered great distance in a short time, emerging as a top prospect inside one of the UFC’s deepest divisions. He will tackle Kenny Florian in the main event at UFC Fight Night 13 next Wednesday, April 2 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colo. And right now, Lauzon’s stock has never been higher.



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Post #1   3/27/08 3:02:23PM   

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I like Joe because he's a nice and soft-spoken guy. Unfortunately, Kenny is going to take him to school.

Post #2   3/27/08 4:24:10PM   

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I hope Ken Flo makes him go nite nite and drops some serious elbows on his head

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florian nuthuggers....why are you so confident he'll win? i dont understand, ive seen most of his fights and he is not top 10 material he would have lost to din thomas and hes only fought the roid shark as a top 10 opponent...elaborate

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Posted by WhiteWidow

florian nuthuggers....why are you so confident he'll win? i dont understand, ive seen most of his fights and he is not top 10 material he would have lost to din thomas and hes only fought the roid shark as a top 10 opponent...elaborate




How are they being nut huggers ? ... they never once made it sound like hes unbeatable its just he is going to win plain and simple hes been here already hes fought for the belt hes been the main event and all of j lau strengths kenny is better at ... plus u cant say for a fact that din would have won ... im not even a florian fan but the guys after a tittle and he will take out who ever it is till he gets there except bj and sherk cuz he cant beat them =/

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Posted by WhiteWidow

florian nuthuggers....why are you so confident he'll win? i dont understand, ive seen most of his fights and he is not top 10 material he would have lost to din thomas and hes only fought the roid shark as a top 10 opponent...elaborate



Chill dude. Picking a fighter to win does not make them a nutthugger. No need to insult anyone , especially without cause.

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joe is going to tko kenny, yeah you watch.

Post #7   3/28/08 9:01:10AM