Joe Lauzon: “He doesn’t want to fight me on the ground”

Joe Lauzon (17-4) held an open work out at Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts yesterday in Bridgewater, MA. “J-Lau” had been preparing to face Hermes Franca at UFC Fight Night 17.

However, Franca tore his ACL while training four days ago forcing the former Lightweight title contender off the card. Jeremy Stephens stepped in as a last minute replacement.

Stephens (14-3) knocked out Rafael dos Anjos back at UFC 91 and has been rumored to face Efrain Escuedero at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, TN on April 1st. Lauzon released an official statement to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) regarding his main event bout next Saturday in Tampa, FL.

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PRO MMA Exclusive, part 1: Joe Lauzon

UFC Lightweight Joe Lauzon’s first trip back to the Octagon in 2009 pits him against former title contender Hermes Franca. “J-Lau” went 1-1 in 2008 losing to Kenny “Ken-Flo” Florian and bouncing back with a TKO victory over Kyle Bradley. The Massachusetts native hopes to kick off ’09 with a bang by defeating the former American Top Team fighter.

PRO MMA caught up with Lauzon Wednesday morning to discuss his February 7th bout with Franca, along with a bevy of other topics. In the first installment of this two part feature, The Ultimate Fighter veteran talked about life after his loss to Kenny Florian, what he looks at while studying an opponent as well as his thoughts on how his Ultimate Fight Night 17 bout will end.

PRO MMA: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today, Joe.
Lauzon: Hey no problem, thank you.

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Card for UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, FL revealed

The UFC revealed its main card fights for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 17 event, taking place Saturday, February 7 at the USF Sundome in Tampa, FL.

The card features several fighters who previously competed on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show broadcast on Spike TV, including two TUF winners, Mac Danzig (18-5-1) and Amir Sadollah (1-0).

Another Ultimate Fighter veteran, Joe Lauzon (16-4) who made it to the season five finals, will be facing a very tough Hermes Franca (19-7) in what is sure to be an extremely competitive main event.

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Joe Lauzon headlines UFC Fight Night 17 vs. Hermes Franca Feb. 7 on SPIKE TV

UFC lightweight sensation Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon fights once again in the main event February 7, headlining “UFC Fight Night 17” on Spike TV against Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Hermes Franca, live from the Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.

Lauzon (17-4, 5 KOs, 12 submissions), star of The Ultimate Fighter 5 television reality show, last headlined April 2, 2008 when he suffered a disappointing loss by second-round TKO to fellow Massachusetts fighter, Kenny Florian on UFC Fight Night 13 in Denver.

“J-Lau” bounced right back this past September, registering an impressive second-round stoppage of Kyle Bradley (13-6) on UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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UFC debuts in Tampa, FL on February 7

The UFC is returning to the Sunshine State and this time they’re making their debut in a city that is known for its love of MMA: Tampa, Florida.

Joe Lauzon recently announced on his website that he will be facing Hermes Franca at Ultimate Fight NIght 17 at the USF Sundome.

Cain Velasquez confirmed the date as February 7 and the Sundome venue in a interview with Steve Cofield of ESPN Radio. The event will be televised on Spike TV.

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UFC fighter Hermes Franca arrested for D.U.I.

UFC lightweight fighter, Hermes Franca was arrested early this morning in Jupiter, Florida on D.U.I. charges. Earliar in the evening he had attended the WEC: Faber vs. Brown event and it is speculated Franca may have been at one of the fighter’s after-parties. This is reportedly his first offense and there was no vehicle accident … Read more

Nate Diaz Continues To Impress

By: Kelvin Hunt

Going into this fight with Josh Neer, Nate Diaz had 4 wins in the UFC…all of them coming by submission.  Josh Neer a veteran of the UFC is a very well rounded fighter, and I thought would pose some interesting problems for Diaz.  Actually, I picked Neer to win because prior to last night Diaz had been relying solely on his BJJ pedigree to win fights.  I knew that wouldn’t work against a fighter like Neer.  However, last night Diaz finally showed other dimensions of his game.  He fought eerily similar to his brother Nick, in that he used good boxing skills, good transitions, and a high pace to get the win.

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