Forget about teammate fighting teammate, the MMA world may just get the chance to bear witness to a grudge match pitting brother against brother. The current rumor floating around is that, after apparently suffering a fallout over poor training habits, brothers Dan and Joe Lauzon could step into the Octagon against each other sometime soon. Dan, the younger Lauzon, recently made claim that his older brother and their trainers have refused to corner him for his upcoming fight against Efrain Escudero at UFC 114; Dan seemed baffled and hurt by their refusal. Joe took to his personal blog to offer his rebuttal and explain that Dan was issued an ultimatum that he did not meet.
“Dealing with family can be really tough sometimes,” wrote Joe. “When you mix business and family… it’s an absolute nightmare. You make a tough decision and it’s cold. You go easy on someone and they are only treated that way because they are family. I am usually tough on Dan, but it’s because I love him and want what’s best for him. I know that me being easy on him in training is not going to help him when there is someone across the cage from him trying with everything they have to hurt him.”
Joe explained that Dan has made habit of not putting in the time and fully preparing for a fight and that he and their trainers had decided that if Dan did not put the work in this time around that they would not be willing to corner him.
“We never wanted to hurt Dan and we all want him to win,” said Joe. “We had to take a such a tough stand though because he refused to change. We had exhausted every other option and this was the only thing left for us to try. This has been the most frustrating task of my life.”
He added simply, “I wouldn’t put up with any of this with anyone else at my gym, and I am no longer putting up with it with Dan.”
Joe went on to say that Dan has a “delusional” view of the situation and that he is “disgusted” that his younger brother dragged “all of our names through the mud.” Joe is correct in asserting that mixing business and family can lead to some very sticky situations but he and his trainers likely made the right choice by refusing to assist in Dan’s career, if he is not taking it seriously. Prize fighting is not a benign sport; there exists real risk that its participants can incur serious injury. Taking a professional fight lightly is a mistake and, judging by their performances and records, Joe is the less likely of the two brothers to be making that mistake.