There’s a lot of buzz regarding Anderson Silva-Nick Diaz for several, good reasons, but Saturday’s lightweight scrap between Joe Lauzon and Al Iaquinta could end up stealing the show.
After all, in Iaquinta, you have a very aggressive fighter with ridiculously heavy hands, and in Lauzon, you’ve got a dude who has won “Fight of the Night” six times…In total, the noted finisher has won a record 13 performance bonuses during his UFC tenure. So yeah, one would think the chances of Lauzon-Iaquinta being a snoozer are slim and none.
Iaquinta recently spoke to UFC.com about this Saturday’s fight, and clearly the TUF vet is also expecting an awesome fight. The 27 year-old stated:
“That’s another plus to this fight,” Iaquinta said. “Everybody knows who Joe Lauzon is and he’s been doing his thing at a high level for a very long time. He’s been in some wars and he’s definitely not afraid to mix it up wherever the fight goes. I love it. I’m an aggressive guy who likes to bring the fight to my opponent and Lauzon is the same way. That’s the recipe for a perfect fight for the fans and I think this fight is going to deliver.
“Lauzon is a guy who doesn’t need a big opening to pounce on an opportunity, but I’m prepared for whatever he brings. My coaches have me ready for anything and I can’t wait to get in there with him. This is a big fight and another big opportunity for me to move up the lightweight ladder.”
It is certainly a huge opportunity for Iaquinta, as although Lauzon isn’t currently ranked in the top 15, as he noted, “J-Lau” is a big name. In addition, the Serra-Longo fighter is coming off stoppage wins over Rodrigo Damm and Ross Pearson, and another, impressive win would raise Iaquinta’s stock considerably.
UFC 183 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the co-headliner, Tyron Woodley will take on welterweight, Kelvin Gastelum.