UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon, who is preparing to face Takanori Gomi at UFC on Fox Saturday, is known for an all-action style.
The Massachusetts native has earned the nickname “The Bonus Machine” for his frequent post-fight awards, the most in UFC history — most recently “Fight of the Night” honors in a TKO victory over Michael Chiesa last September.
So he knows a little something about fighting hard, sparring hard, and fighting through injuries.
But asked about criticism of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who incited controversy by pulling out of his scheduled title defense at UFC 189 due to a rib injury, Lauzon came to Aldo’s defense.
Was Aldo sparring too hard, too close to the bout? Lauzon says no.
“I thought it was completely unfair,” Lauzon told MMAjunkie Radio. “I think that was people complaining that don’t know what’s going on. People who have never really trained. My last hard sparring session was on Saturday.”
Lauzon implied that sometimes injuries like Aldo’s are unavoidable.
“We spar hard,” he continued. “We have pretty much our hardest sparring sessions the last Saturday before. When Aldo was hurt that was the meat of his camp. That’s when you’re supposed to be sparring hard. You try to be as safe as possible. You try to have the best training partner you can, the safest training partners.”
Aldo’s bout with Gomi will be on the UFC on Fox main card tomorrow.