Joe Lauzon will take a significant step up in competition when he faces title contender Kenny Florian in Denver,Co on April 2nd. Lauzon faces tough odds against Florian, a consensus top five UFC lightweight, but doesn’t count himself as an underdog. He recently sat down with InsideFighting.com to assess the match up and his opponent in more detail.
Lauzon On His Upcoming Fight With Kenny Florian:
One thing I have in my favor is my unpredictability. Maybe in a straight boxing or Jiu Jitsu match Kenny would beat me, but you put everything together and that’s where I’m best. I think on the ground if you put me in a gi he’d choke me out but out of the gi I figure I’d do pretty well. Stand-up wise, Kenny has good kicks and may have the better total package but I have ways to deal with that. My transitions are stronger, I have cardio and I’m more explosive. He’s a good athlete but if you’ll notice his arms are real small for his fights, he looks sucked out. I’m not the thickest guy either but I’m pretty explosive for my size, very technical and have strength good with a good base.
Lauzon On His Advantages In The Fight:
I’m more explosive with wrestling and things like that. I think I’m better at putting things together. I’ve knocked out guys that have better stand up than me but because of how I put things together I’ve done well. I’ve gone against real good wrestlers, submitted guys with real good Jiu Jitsu. I don’t think I’m the typical guy. I’m not the sum of my parts, you have to multiply my parts. I’m not too worried. I don’t think I’m out-matched in skills at all.
Lauzon On Florian’s Past Fights:
Diego ran him over, Sherk ran him over, and in the toughest fight he’s had, against Din Thomas, his opponent blew out his knee. A win is a win but I’m never, ever going to have a guy blow his knee and then brag about how I finish fights. I think he came off really bad. I have so many people sending me messages, ‘You have to finish [Florian].’
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