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Despite massive upset, UFC 136's Joe Lauzon doesn't consider it his greatest hit

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Sure, it was an especially sweet victory. He upset a fighter who was on his way to a title shot and turned the lopsided fights odds on their head.

It's surely a performance for his greatest-hits collection.

But for UFC 136 winner Joe Lauzon, his main-card upset of Melvin Guillard isn't his signature career performance.

At Saturday's UFC 136 event, Lauzon (21-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) needed just 47 seconds to stagger and submit Guillard (29-9-2 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at Houston's Toyota Center. In the pay-per-view main-card bout, 4-to-1 underdog Lauzon picked up his seventh fight-night bonus with a first-round submission victory over Guillard.

The loss snapped Guillard's five-fight win streak and dashed his title hopes.

Lauzon told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was a bit irked to learn Guillard was at Houston's UFC Fan Expo earlier in the day.

"I was back in the hotel room taking it easy and relaxing because I knew I had to tend to business tonight," he said after the show. "I definitely think he was overlooking the whole entire thing. He was looking past me. But I like being in that position. I hope everyone overlooks me like that."

Guillard has had some major gaffes (both in and out of the cage) during his six-year UFC career. But after hooking up with Team Jackson-Winkeljohn and returning to the UFC after a short hiatus in 2008, he put together an impressive 8-1 run. A victory over Lauzon – an opponent many fans disregarded as unworthy of the fight – likely would have given Guillard a long-awaited title shot.

Lauzon, though, crushed those dreams. And it also made White question Guillard's mental focus.

"He came dancing in there like he won, like he just won the fight, instead of being serious," White said of Guillard's pre-fight posturing. "It's one of the things I always say about this – and I'm not taking anything away from Lauzon. Lauzon fought awesome. It would be one thing if we said, 'It went to the ground and Lauzon submitted him.' But he rocked him twice and then submitted him.

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Post #1   10/9/11 10:40:03AM   

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Joezon!!!!!! Had that fight picked perfect.

Guillard got rocked by just a short jab.

Joe just took that back so easy and got the hooks and over.

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Guillard came out the same way he did against Shane Roller. Lauzon was able to capitalize this time though. Excellent victory that will definitely throw him back in the mix.

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Post #3   10/9/11 12:04:25PM   

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I dont consider that an upset at all. Joe Lauzon is a true Mixed Martial Artist. Well-rounded and dangerous in all areas. It would've been an upset if he would've lost to Guillard.

Post #4   10/9/11 12:20:47PM   

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i was at a boston pizza last night and the entire place went nuts after the submission. hopefully Guillard gets his head back on his shoulders and take fighters seriously cuz hes exciting to watch

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Posted by Adam_Buru

I dont consider that an upset at all. Joe Lauzon is a true Mixed Martial Artist. Well-rounded and dangerous in all areas. It would've been an upset if he would've lost to Guillard.



the fight starts standing and Guillard is the better and faster striker. he was also riding a nice win streak with almost all of them KO wins. Lauzon should not have been that big of an underdog but i can see the reasoning. wish i put money on J-Lau

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Back in the ECP camp forums I said I'd feel stupid if Lauzon submitted him, and here I am feeling stupid.

Great win for Lauzon, though. He's right about Guillard overlooking the whole fight. Guillard was looking very over confident from the moment he walked out to the moment Lauzon rocked him.

Post #7   10/9/11 1:09:28PM   

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Posted by FastKnockout

Back in the ECP camp forums I said I'd feel stupid if Lauzon submitted him, and here I am feeling stupid.

Great win for Lauzon, though. He's right about Guillard overlooking the whole fight. Guillard was looking very over confident from the moment he walked out to the moment Lauzon rocked him.

its all good man, I picked Melvin by 1st rd ko. But I really don't mind losing this one. Never been a fan of Melvin

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It wasn't that big of a upset. Joe lau biggest moment is the win over pulver

Post #9   10/9/11 1:49:25PM   

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I'm happy for J-Lau. If he would get his cardio straightened out, he could easily make a run for the title. He has got the technical skills.

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Lost 80 bucks on this fight. Not sure if I hate guillard or Lauzon more. This was the last thing I expected...WAR MY WALLET

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How can people say that wasnt a huge upset...oddsmakers had it leaning hard on Melvin...

The onlyl thing I learned was I think Melvin has a suspect chin big time...

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Posted by FastKnockout

Back in the ECP camp forums I said I'd feel stupid if Lauzon submitted him, and here I am feeling stupid.

Great win for Lauzon, though. He's right about Guillard overlooking the whole fight. Guillard was looking very over confident from the moment he walked out to the moment Lauzon rocked him.




I thought the same thing another usually kiss of death is fighting in a hometown...He lied in Houston for 7 years they said...I said ut oh...

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Posted by kingsmasher

How can people say that wasnt a huge upset...oddsmakers had it leaning hard on Melvin...

The onlyl thing I learned was I think Melvin has a suspect chin big time...



Yeah, we all knew he could get subbed, as he has been throughout his whole career. But getting dropped within what 30 seconds(?) by Lauzon showed a whole lot more than tapping from the sub did.

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I wish I changed my pick in time, had a STRONG feeling that was gonna happen.

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