American mixed martial arts fighter
For other uses, see Lauzon.
Daniel James Lauzon (born March 30, 1988) is a former American mixed martial artist who competed in the World Series of Fighting‘s Lightweight division, and has also formerly competed in the UFC and Affliction. He is the younger brother of fellow MMA fighter Joe Lauzon.
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Mixed martial arts record
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Mixed martial arts career
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Lauzon began training at the age of 14. He made his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at UFC 64: Unstoppable, losing to Spencer Fisher. At 18 years, seven months and 14 days old, Lauzon was the second youngest fighter ever to appear in the UFC.
Lauzon is sponsored by TapouT and appeared in an episode of the television series TapouT. The TapouT crew followed Lauzon through the final preparations for his fight with Frank Latina. While filming, the crew expressed doubts about Lauzon’s trainer and introduced him to crosstown rival trainer Mark DellaGrotte. After the episode aired, Lauzon’s brother Joe criticized the episode and the TapouT crew’s actions.
Lauzon was originally scheduled to fight Chris Horodecki at the Affliction: Day of Reckoning event on January 24, but Chris was denied his license for failing his physical. Bobby Green stepped up to take Horodecki’s spot against Lauzon. During the fight against Green, Lauzon claimed he was kicked and kneed to the groin a total of three times, a fact openly questioned by bloggers, internet forums and live by the broadcast team. Tito Ortiz was the color commentator for the event and, at one point, stated “Dan is faking”. Referee Herb Dean and the ringside doctor asked Dan Lauzon if he wanted to continue to fight, and the fight was eventually restarted with Bobby Green having 2 points deducted. The crowd loudly booed the point deduction. While Bobby Green’s unorthodox style managed to give Dan difficulties on the feet, Lauzon manage to control the fight on the ground and won due to a rear-naked choke with five seconds left in the first round.
Return to Ultimate Fighting Championship
With the demise of the Affliction fight organization, Dan became a free agent and as of July 28, 2009, was under contract with the UFC.
Dan Lauzon faced Cole Miller on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108. In a back-and-forth fight, Miller locked a kimura from an inverted triangle position, earning himself a $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus. At the same event, Dan’s brother, Joe Lauzon also lost his fight. After the event, Joe Lauzon said that a fight between them, or even at the same event, is “not an option anymore”.
Two weeks before his scheduled fight in UFC 114, Dan Lauzon told the Boston Herald that his coaches and his brother Joe Lauzon would not “be there to support me.” Reportedly unsatisfied with Lauzon’s commitment to training, his coaches gave him an ultimatum requiring that he follow the schedule laid out for him, otherwise they would not corner him for his fight. Joe Lauzon claimed they had clearly outlined what was expected and his brother had fallen short. Escudero defeated Lauzon via unanimous decision.
After the loss, Lauzon was invited to train with Renzo Gracie and planned on taking Gracie up on his offer.
Lauzon made his first post-UFC fight against John Ortolani which he won via KO (punches) in the 2nd round. His next fight came exactly 2 months later against Damien Trites, which he won again by guillotine choke in the 1st round.
On February 17, 2011, Lauzon was stabbed outside a nightclub in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, sustaining non life-threatening injuries. According to Lauzon he did not reveal the identity of the attacker to the police.
On June 18, 2011, Lauzon returned to action fighting in the main event for World Championship Fighting against Noah Weisman for the Lightweight belt. Lauzon dominated the stand-up and won by KO in the 1st round to become the Lightweight Champion of World Championship Fighting.
On December 3, 2011, Lauzon defeated Anthony Kaponis via KO (punches) at 1:42 of round 1 in the main event of Premier FC 7. He has now won 5 straight fights since being released from the UFC, finishing 4 of his 5 opponents.
World Series of Fighting
Lauzon made his World Series of Fighting debut against UFC vet John Gunderson at WSOF 3 on June 14, 2013 headlined by former UFC vets Josh Burkman and Jon Fitch. He won the fight via unanimous decision. At that point, he was riding a five-fight win streak.
Mixed martial arts record
- Professional MMA record for Dan Lauzon from Sherdog
- Dan Lauzon at UFC
- MMATorch Interview
- The NHB Show Interview