Joe Lauzon dominated striking, takedowns, and groundwork over three grueling rounds tonight at UFC on Fox 9 in Sacramento, California — earning a unanimous decision victory over Mac Danzig.

Lauzon scored his first takedown quickly to set the pace for the bout. He passed Danzig’s guard in short order and attacked with an armbar. But Danzig escaped and would stay in the fight, landing an elbow which appeared to jolt Lauzon.

Still, it wasn’t long before he found himself on his back again, and again. There, a Lauzon elbow to a downed Danzig opened a severe cut. In the third, Lauzon administered more punishment in mount and front-side crucifix (the “Ivan Salaverry position”) but narrowly failed with another armbar.

Each judge scored the contest 30-27.

Lauzon, of Massachusetts, improves his UFC record to  23-9. Danzig falls to 21-12-1.

At UFC on Fox 9, Joe Lauzon defeats Mac Danzig by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).