What Joe Lauzon is doing with his double perfomance bonus $

Monday, August 06, 2012

Mike Tyson made $300,000,000 during his career. How much is left? 

Nothing.

The same fate will not befall Joe Lauzon, who earned double ‘of the Night’ performance bonuses on Saturday night vs. Jamie Varner at UFC on FOX 4.

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Instead of hitting the Los Angeles-area clubs after his UFC on FOX main card win, Lauzon says he and his teammates scarfed down buffalo wings.

“As for the bonuses, I’ve been really fortunate. I train hard and I think my style of Jiu Jitsu is good for that. I’m constantly going for things. In the second round, for example, I was winning the round in my opinion and had Jamie’s back with ten seconds left. Then I heard the 10-second marker and went for an arm bar. It wasn’t a very good set up for the submission but I figured, ‘what the heck?’ He wasn’t going to hit me that much in ten seconds if I didn’t get it and if I got it, great.”

“I probably made about $150,000 this weekend. I made forty-something in show-and-win money and then I got $100,000 in bonuses.”

“I’m buying lots of X-Boxes,” he laughs.

“Right off the bat, I have taxes. So that leaves me with about $100,000. I bought a house the other year, so $60,000-70,000 of this weekend’s money is probably going straight into my mortgage. I’ve got about $40,000 in student loan debt left so I have to decide how much I might put into that now. Loans suck, so I’ve got to take care of that.”

“I’m not getting a new car or big rims. Nothing crazy. I’ll probably take $1,000 and do something fun with it, that’s it.”

“I think I pay my coaches pretty well. I also bring out a lot of guys out with me for fights to help me and pay to bring Brandon, the guy who does my Vlogs, with and get him equipment to do it. That stuff is important, too. I don’t think that doing blogs necessarily brings back money directly to me but it helps. I’m always going to make sure I do everything I need to do to train to the best of my ability. If that means flying people out to train or things like that, I’m going to do that.”

“Someone told me after this fight, ‘man, you’re a tough bastard.’ I don’t ever want to be known as tough. A lot of guys are considered exciting by fans and they take a lot of damage. I don’t want that to be my style. I want to be exciting because I’m attacking other people, not because they are attacking me.”

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