Dan Lauzon motivated, ready to triumph

source: bostonherald.com

Sometimes a little tough love can go a long way. After Dan and his brother Joe sparred over his training regimen it looks as though “The Upgrade” has turned over a new leaf as he heads into the cage for the first time since being released by the UFC.

“Yeah I feel good right now. I feel ready. I’ve been training hard. I’m focused and am getting after it and getting in good shape,” Dan Lauzon said. “I’m getting more serious about it. For a little while I kind of fell off, I wasn’t taking it serious and had a lot of s--- going on. Everything between me and (Joe) and having a fallout and stuff, but now everything is good.”

No one has ever questioned the skills of the 22-year-old lightweight. He started training at age 14 and was the youngest fighter to compete in UFC at 18 years, 7 months and 14 days. The only thing questioned for the Bridgewater native was his level of commitment to his training.

The problems came to fruition last spring when Joe Lauzon, head coach Joe Pomfret, and boxing coach Steve Maze didn’t make the trip to UFC 115 with him because of his lack of commitment in the gym.

After getting his walking papers from the UFC, Dan’s training has nearly done a 180. This summer he started to hit the gym hard. He still trains with his brother and has been working with UFC middleweight Tom Lawlor at Lauzon MMA in Bridgewater. He also works out with WEC featherweight Josh Grispi and his coaches, Scott Lockhart and Bill Mahoney, at South Shore Sport Fighting in Rockland.

Dan now finds himself training harder for this local fight than recent bouts in the UFC and Affliction, even though there’s less spotlight and less money involved. It’s motivated him to keep up the pace and get back on a bigger stage but it’s the busy schedule and ability to fight on a more consistent basis that has kept him grounded.

Saturday he takes on Ortolani, a professional lacrosse player for the Boston Blazers and Cannons. The strong and athletic 24-year-old has had success on the local scene (4-1) but will be taking a huge step up in competition with the three-time UFC veteran.

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Poindexter site profile image  

10/3/10 9:47 AM by Poindexter

 Sweet victory.

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10/3/10 9:37 AM by Rickmassmma

 Dan looked good. The kid he fought was a tough wrestler, and a professional lacrosse player, so he was pretty explosive, and good at keeping guys on their back. They circled a little and Dan dropped him with the first real cross he threw, and jumped on him, as the kid started to get up, he grabbed a guillotine that looked to be enough to end it, but the kid fought through it for what seemed like an hour, and took top position. The rest of the round was back and forth with Dan getting back to his feet, and John throwing haymakers and taking him down. Close round, John won the round on 2 out of 3 score cards, but it was really close. Dan landed the better shots, but John threw a bunch more. He'd throw 5 or 6 everytime he closed the distance. Round 2, Dan kept walking him down and setting up the left cross, landed it a little, but none flush...then one landed flush and the kid dropped like he got shot. Had the cage not been there, he would have gone straight back, but instead he landed basically on his ass, back against cage, then flopped forward and Dan finished with some gnp. His timing looked great, and his hands looked much more crisp than his last couple fights.

n3m site profile image  

10/3/10 12:56 AM by n3m

 Good to hear Dan and Joe are on the same page. Big fan of both

French Fries Malone site profile image  

10/3/10 12:52 AM by French Fries Malone

 any results on this?

Archer0545 site profile image  

10/2/10 1:54 PM by Archer0545

 Good luck Dan!

Loco Lobo site profile image  

10/2/10 12:17 PM by Loco Lobo

The upgrade is a super kid, with the right motivtion a very tough kid to beat.GO get him Danny boy.

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10/2/10 9:10 AM by 29A

ttt for massmma,

Kirik site profile image  

10/1/10 1:57 PM by Kirik

 Rough em up!

EBM site profile image  

10/1/10 1:28 PM by EBM

Great news - Good luck Dan!

B0NESAW site profile image  

10/1/10 1:28 PM by B0NESAW

Good Luck to Dan! Love watching those Lauzon brothers fight