UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon is tied with middleweight great Anderson Silva when it comes to the distinction of winning performance-based bonuses inside the Octagon. He can also lay claim to having finished all 22 of the opponents he’s beaten since turning pro in 2004. Though such statistics are certainly nice feathers in his cap, Lauzon isn’t making the mistake of exhibiting overconfidence entering his match-up with Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night 26.
“People always tell me how exciting my last fight was, but even though I had a good fight with Jim Miller, I’m still coming off of a loss. Having an exciting fight is great, but it was still a loss,” stated the 22-8 Lauzon in a recent interview with the New York Post.
Fueling his sense of caution, Lauzon understands how dangerous Johnson is despite stumbles in his last two showdowns based on 27-year old’s victory over Danny Castillo last October.
“The Castillo fight sticks out the most in my mind,” said Lauzon of Johnson’s career. “Castillo rocked him and beat him up, but he slept on Johnson for a second and was hit with a big right hook that knocked him out. I don’t want that to be me.”
Johnson is only 12-8 in his career but owns past wins over Shane Roller and Tony Ferguson. His showdown with Lauzon will open up the main card on FOX Sports 1 this Saturday night.