Joe Lauzon and Diego Sanchez grapple troops in Iraq

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The UFC has maintained a strong relationship with the military, having hosted several UFC: Fight for the Troops cards to entertain as well as help bring awareness to the men and women that serve our country.

In addition to these events, the UFC frequently arranges trips for its athletes to visit the troops at locations they are currently serving to do some training, hang out, sign autographs and more to give the troops a much-needed respite from their respective duties.

In this instance, UFC veterans Diego Sanchez, Joe Lauzon, Jake Ellenberger and Smilin’ Sam Alvey flew to an undisclosed part of Iraq to visit the troops in what would be an entertaining session of good ole grappling.

In the following clips from their respective Instagram accounts, we see both Diego and Joe giving the troops some time on the mats. While Diego has a nice friendly back and forth with his partner, Joe didn’t give his opponent much of a chance and proceeds to smother him from top position.

Check out the clips below.

Loved this kid. Awesome grappling with the troops! Hope we made their day a little better.

A post shared by Joe Lauzon (@joelauzon) on

What a honor to come out and boost the moral of the troops with old fashion grappling! 🇺🇸 🇫🇷

A post shared by Diego Sanchez (@diegonightmaresanchezufc) on

Joseph Edward Lauzon Jr. is an American mixed martial artist competing in the UFC’s Lightweight division. He is tied with Nate Diaz as having the most post-fight bonus awards in UFC history. He holds notable wins over Diego Sanchez, Takanori Gomi, and Jens Pulver.  [Source: Wiki]

Diego Sanchez is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division of the UFC. He was the Middleweight tournament of The Ultimate Fighter 1. Sanchez has been involved in more “Fight of the Year” bouts than any other fighter in mixed martial arts. He holds notable wins over Nick Diaz, Kenny Florian, and Jim Miller. [Source: Wiki]

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