A look back: Joe Lauzon's first fight

by Chris Palmquist |

No matter how good a fighter is today, there was a point when they were just starting out and their skill set maybe wasn't quite what it is today.

Joe Lauzon is one of the UFC's most exciting lightweights. He has won 22 professional bouts, with only one of those wins by decision and is tied for the record for most 'of the night' bonuses.

However, Lauzon wasn't always a top tier fighter; no fighter ever starts as one. In a recent Q&A on Reddit, Lauzon shared a video of his first fight.

His first amateur fight took place at the 'Battle of Taunton 2' in Taunton, MA. Lauzon was not much past his eighteenth birthday, and had been training strictly in no-gi grappling for less than a year. Lauzon was scheduled to compete on the card, but on fight night the main event was in jeopardy. Local martial arts instructor Greg Mendes was scheduled to fight and was a huge ticket seller, but with no opponent, Lauzon was thrust into the main event. 

The fight wasn't pretty. Lauzon stalked his opponent, ate a couple good shots, but eventually got the fight to the ground and finished the fight with a heel hook. His skills were about as raw as you could get, but he did show a confidence and go for broke attitude that has made him a fan favorite in the UFC. This was the first win of his 5-3 amateur career, and if it shows us anything, it's that no matter where you start, hard work and dedication can bring you success.


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2/5/14 11:35 PM by crowbar

Damn,Rick Storm gets around.

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2/5/14 11:09 PM by Chris

my favorite part was @ 2:52 when I had to yell 'Joey, make a fist'

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2/5/14 11:02 PM by Ingrained Media

very cool

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2/5/14 10:59 PM by Jason

Background. The guy joe fought was the promoter of the event and this was the main event. Joe was brought in for sure to make this guy look good( sound familiar?)The guy was very very muscular and about 20 years older than Joe. I could be wrong but he has maybe 1 year of BJJ training at the time of this fight and no stand up training.Look close right after the tap and you will see a very handsome MMA.tv admin in that video coming in the ring.And I pretty sure you can thank MMA.tv COO for the "great" video work!I love videos like this. It's show things lots of people don't know. Joe was a fucking killer from the very beginning. He was matched up with people he shouldn't have been fairly matched up with and he was handing out whoopings to those same people, in BJJ and mma.

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2/5/14 10:52 PM by NatualBornTickler

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2/5/14 10:51 PM by Dougie

You gotta love J-Lau!

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2/5/14 10:50 PM by ShanTheMan

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