From his first appearances with the UFC, as a part of the fifth series of The Ultimate Fighter, Joe Lauzon has proved himself a fighter that fans don’t want to miss.
Since then, the Massachusetts native’s all-action style has not only netted him 24 MMA wins, but also a record 13 UFC post-fight bonuses. The most recent was “Fight of the Night” honors at UFC Fight Night 50, in a typically spirited back-and-forth Lauzon battle with Michael Chiesa.
So when he was forced to pull out of the recent UFC 180 event in Mexico City with an injury to his knee, fans were understandably disappointed — especially as the card had already lost headliner Cain Velasquez, among others.
But fans learned yesterday that they won’t have to wait long for his return, as Lauzon, who is 24-9 in his MMA career, has been added to the January 31 UFC 183 event.
Lauzon will face Al Iaquinta, who is coming off the biggest win of his MMA career — a knockout of Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 55 in Australia. The New Yorker, of the Team Serra/Longo camp, also began his career with The Ultimate Fighter series in 2012. In fact, his opponent in the finals of that season was Lauzon’s recent foe Michael Chiesa.
Both fighters have won two straight. Iaquinta’s MMA record stands at 10-3-1.
UFC 183 is headlined by a middleweight bout between Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz. Also on the card is a women’s bantamweight bout, Miesha Tate vs. Sara McMann, and a pairing of two of the world’s top welterweights, Kelvin Gastelum vs. Tyron Woodley.