Joe Lauzon dispatches Mac Danzig with unanimous decision win

It wasn’t the usual Joe Lauzon fight, but in a moment where he

needed to get a victory the Boston area native put on a dominant

performance to beat Mac Danzig in the kick off fight at UFC on FOX

on Saturday night.

Lauzon entered the cage against Danzig on the first two fight

losing streak of his career so he put plenty of self-applied

pressure to ensure that he would stop the skid and get back on the

winning track.

15 minutes later, Lauzon was a much happier man than he was

after his last two bouts.

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It didn’t take long for Lauzon to press the action forward,

grabbing a body lock and putting Danzig on his back. A few seconds

later, Lauzon gets the mount and transitions to a beautiful armbar

attempt, but his crafty veteran opponent is wise to the move and

slips out. Danzig was able to work back to the feet, but not for

long before Lauzon drags it back to the mat again.

The second round saw a slow down in action with the fighters

working in the clinch as Danzig looked good inside landing some

quick elbows and punches to Lauzon’s head. A misstep during an

exchange of knees ended Danzig’s work on the feet, however, as

Lauzon once again got it to the mat. Lauzon began to work his

ground attack from the top and ended up opening a large cut on

Danzig’s head, painting his entire face red with blood. With

Danzig’s view obstructed from the blood, Lauzon moved fast into a

mount and went for another armbar, but time ran out before he could

secure the hold.

Danzig, sensing he was down two rounds to none, came out strong

in the third looking to land combinations on the feet against

Lauzon. His attacks were again subdued by Lauzon’s grappling heavy

offense, and the fight went back to the ground. From there Lauzon

started to overwhelm Danzig, moving into the mount for the third

time, but on this trip he decided to rain down elbows to punish his

opponent from above instead of looking for the submission.

Lauzon wasn’t able to get the finish, but he exuded dominance in

every aspect of the ground game, shutting down Danzig at every

turn. The final tally from the judges was a shutout for Lauzon with

30-27 scores across the board.

Lauzon (23-9) had said prior to this event that he felt he was

in a must win situation after back-to-back losses and losing three

out of his last four fights. While it wasn’t the typical Lauzon

barnburner that has tied him for the record of the most post fight

bonuses in UFC history, it still got him the desired result he was

so desperately seeking.

The loss for Danzig (22-12-1) marks his third defeat in a row

and his overall record at 2-5 over his last seven fights. A former

Ultimate Fighter champion, Danzig’s struggles could be met with a

release from the UFC after this fight and his recent struggles to

find the winner’s circle inside the Octagon.