Opinion: Dan Lauzon Rebuilds Himself
By Michael Hatamoto
Since leaving the UFC on a two-fight losing streak in 2010, Dan Lauzon has reeled off five consecutive wins – and beating undefeated prospect Justin Gaethje during World Series of Fighting 6 will give him a boost in the WSOF lightweight division.
Earlier in his career, Lauzon lost focus on training and being responsible, causing a two-year rift with older brother, Joe Lauzon. Lauzon also endured two different runs with the UFC and mixed in being stabbed following a bar stop while also publicly feuding with his older brother. It looked like his pro career would be over and his life could potentially spiral out of control, but that hasn’t been the case at all.
Today, however, the Lauzon brothers are training regularly with one another, as Dan can benefit from Joe’s continued experience in the UFC cage.
Lauzon now trains during the day and works as a car repossession worker at night, typically operating from 10:00PM to 7:00AM each morning.
Seeing the 25-year-old work full-time and train during the day to still be able to compete professionally should provide a good insight into his maturation over the past couple of years.
Gaethje is a good wrestler and grappler, so I think Lauzon would be better suited to either keep the fight standing or make sure he’s in a dominant position any time the fight hits the ground.
Lauzon is another case of WSOF President Ray Sefo believing fighters need another chance, and expect to see Lauzon ready to fight. Just a few years ago, you would have only heard bad rumors about Lauzon’s professionalism in the gym, but he has grown and matured.
I appreciate Sefo’s continued effort to give MMA fighters a platform to perform – and reinvent themselves – and am curious to see how Lauzon does.