Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis Full Fight Video

UFC 144 took place February 25, 2012 from Tokyo, Japan. The card featured a lightweight bout between Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis.

Lauzon is a long time veteran who has been a part of the UFC since 2006. He’s largely known for his submission game but is also a good striker as well. He was coming off two back to back victories over Melvin Guillard and Curt Warburton, finishing both opponents by submission in round 1.

Pettis entered the UFC in 2011, coming over from the now defunct WEC organization. Before the WEC shutdown Pettis had defeated Ben Henderson to become the lightweight champion. His highlight reel “showtime kick” to Ben Henderson was known by MMA fans all over the world. He is a very well rounded fighter with great submission skills as well as dynamic striking abilities. In his last fight at UFC 136 he got the unanimous decision over solid fighter Jeremy Stephens.

Lauzon was never known to be in a boring fight and this would be a big step up for Pettis if he could defeat Joe. Lauzon was ready to get a title shot and a victory over Pettis would move him one step closer to realizing his goal.

Round 1:  Both fighters come to the center. Lauzon keeps his hands high while Pettis hands are at his sides. They circle briefly, and Pettis immediately throws a fast kick to Lauzon’s body. Joe backs up a step then re-engages. Joe moves forward throwing a couple of feeler jabs, then Pettis throws and lands a quick leg kick.

Pettis circles on the outside while Joe moves forward. Lauzon attempts a couple of jabs and Pettis moves away. Joe continues to press forward while Pettis circles sideways with his hands down at his sides. Joe rushes in throwing 3 or 4 punches, but none really hit the target and Pettis circles away.

Pettis sticks out a jab and follows it up with a one, two combo. Lauzon blocks it and Pettis backs away. Joe comes forward with another one, two punch attempt but Anthony sidesteps and moves away. Pettis moves forward after throwing a quick jab and throws 3 or 4 more punches that Joe blocks mostly with his gloves.

Pettis turns his body sideways while Joe is moving forward and Pettis throws a side kick that lands slightly to Lauzon’s body. Joe brushes it off and continues moving forward, stalking Pettis. Pettis throws jabs to Joe’s face, hoping to keep the distance between them but Lauzon keeps plodding forward.

Joe rushes forward again, throwing another 3 punch combo. Pettis blocks the shots while circling away. Joe follows him and Pettis turns sideways to land a side kick to Lauzon’s upper thigh. Joe takes it and continues pressing forward. Pettis continues to circle on the outside while Joe presses forward. Pettis throws a couple of light jabs to close the distance, and throws a wicked high kick that catches Lauzon right in the face. Lauzon’s body drops to the canvas immediately, and Pettis follows up with 3 unanswered shots that makes the referee come in and stop the fight. Anthony Pettis defeats Joe Lauzon by KO in round 1.

Big Bonuses for UFC Fighters on Fox 4

The winner for the “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” goes to Joe Lauzon as he was awarded for his submission ace. He took home $100,000 in bonus money against Jamie Varner as they fight at UFC on Fox 4.
The “Fight of the Night” award was shared together with his partner Jamie Varner who had an extra $50,000 for his efforts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last Saturday. Another fighter who won was Mike Swick; he won “Knockout of the Night” along with $50,000 for defeating DaMarques Johnson via knockout. This was the opening knockout fight at the said Fox broadcast.

Varner versus Lauzon was a fight to remember with just seconds in the first round with Varner getting the best out of the rounds. Lauzon was seen to drop twice but managed to turn up the heat in the second round as Varner’s glory began to fade. But even when Varner was seen to stagger, he managed to pull out clean shpts before he dug deep in round three. He scored with a few takedowns and Lauzon managed to counter with several sweeping moves and finished the fight with a triangle choke and thus won the fight.

Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon has 22 wins and only 7 losses to his name his last fight was a loss from Anthony Pettis at the UFC 144 – Edgar vs. Henderson in February. Jamie Varner on the other hand has 20 wins and 7 losses; he is fresh from a three fight winning streak and his last win was against Edson Barbosa at the UFC 146 – Dos Santos vs. Mir in May.

The Swick versus Johnson fight was also an exciting bout as Johnson staggered early in the first round to start their welterweight fight. He felts Swick’s right hand as it landed a hard blow to Johnson but the fighter was quick to recover and scored some shots of his one. Johnson scored a takedown that ended round 1 however Swick “Quick” lived up to his name by planting quick blows on Johnson’s back before a fast right hand that managed to knockout Johnson at 1:20 of the second round.

Mike “Quick” Swick has 15 wins and 4 losses on his record; he trained hard after suffering from two consecutive losses. His opponent DaMarques “Darkness” Johnson has 15 wins and 11 losses on his score card.

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