Joe Lauzon’s 18th UFC fight seemed no less challenging than those before it.
The longtime contender’s ground game is sound, and his striking not far behind it.
Iaquinta knows striking. The New Yorker has been perilous to those who hadn’t be weary of it. Lauzon is; he’s been there and done that. This was just another fight for him, but a defining one in that.
Iaquinta’s timing was a bit off early on. He was aiming to land with power, but couldn’t do so as Joe Lauzon stalked and didn’t provide any opportunities for Iaquinta to counter over the top. Lauzon’s right hand tested Al Iaquinta, who didn’t take too much away from the onslaught physically or statistically.
The Long Island fighter began to find success in round two, landing power shots and patiently picking his spots against Lauzon.
Soon enough, Iaquinta hurt Lauzon with a right hand that should have laid the fight to rest. Miraculously, Lauzon stayed on his feet — refusing to quit — but clearly without sense to protect himself.
The bout should have been stopped much sooner, but 3:34 into round two, Marc Goddard stepped in and prevented further brutality.
Thanks to his UFC 183 victory, Iaquinta now has knockout wins over Lauzon and Ross Pearson in his last two fights; a mark of the fight changing power that might just carry him against top Welterweights.