Joe Lauzon says submissions are Guillard’s kryptonite

As a self proclaimed gamer, I was distressed to hear that J-Lau was dedicated to CoD as his shooter of choice. Today relief washed over me in a wave over pure nerdiness when Sherdog reported that Joe Lauzon will be purchasing both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 this fall. Nice. When Battlefield 3 drops on October 25th, Joe will have two full weeks of Battlefield goodness to steer him to the light side of the force before COD hits November 8th. More than likely he will claim that BF3 was fun, but he will convert back to CoD. Then, slowly but surely he will realize how far superior of a shooter BF3 is and will yearn to get behind the flightstick of an F-16, and it will be good.

Before Joe worries about his first person shooters he has a Young Assassin to focus on. Tonight at UFC 136 Joe will face the biggest test of his career in the Jackson trained lightweight contender Melvin Guillard. The fact that everyone expects J-Lau to lose doesn’t worry him, Joe thinks Melvin’s kyptonite is something he has plenty of: submissions.

“All the pressure is on him from the start,” Lauzon said. “Going into this fight, he’s the betting favorite, he’s the favorite in this fight.  He’s the guy coming off five-to-six wins; he’s the guy pining away for a title shot, the guy calling himself the champ.  All the pressure is on him.

“If I go out there and lose the fight, well you know what, Melvin was supposed to beat me, but there is a huge upside in the fact that I could go out there and win.  For him, it’s all downside.  He’s supposed to beat me, but I think I’m always dangerous, I’m always a submission threat, so it’s a tough fight for him too, especially when his kryptonite has always been submissions.”

“There’s no better way to get knocked out than to be scared to punch and just shoot from too far away.  It’s how close can you put the hand to the flame before you get burned and that’s going to be thing with Melvin. We’re not going to shoot from a mile away; we’re going to have to make our way in and deal with him like that.

“The last time that, that was the game plan was back at the Pulver fight.  A guy that was thought to have much better stand-up than me and we’re going to look to throw a couple of punches and get inside because we’re worried about the power and then we ended up knocking him out.  I did a lot of boxing, I did a lot of wrestling, and I did a lot of jiu-jitsu, so wherever the fight goes, I’m going to be ready to go.”


Published on October 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm
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