UFC lightweight fighter Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon suffered a disappointing loss to rising contender George Sotiropoulos at UFC 123. Lauzon looked strong in the early going, giving Sotiropoulos fits in the striking department. In the second frame however, Lauzon looked depleted and it was only a matter of time before his Australian opponent secured the second round submission. Speaking with the Boston Herald, Lauzon explained that he didn’t feel his mid-fight drop off to be the result of poor cardiovascular conditioning.
“I figured the second round would be more like the first,” Lauzon said. “But getting off the stool for the second round, my legs felt like concrete. I don’t know why or what happened. I felt pretty good at the end of the first, but at the beginning of the second I felt dead. It was like I got worse. Instead of recovering, I got way worse.”
“J-Lau” theorized that his failure to generate the same speed and power in the second round as he did in the first was a result of not managing his adrenaline properly in the first frame.
“I’m not even sure,” Lauzon said. “It had to be an adrenaline dump. I think I pushed a pretty good pace in the first round, but I didn’t feel like it was something that would make me gassed. I felt good at the end of my first walking back to my corner. I was a little winded, but I was OK.”
Lauzon has long had a reputation for starting strong and then fading, a problem which he is seeking to address before he enters the cage again.
“It’s definitely something we have to address and figure out before we fight again,” Lauzon said. “I can’t keep having this happen.”
UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida went down on November 20 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.