UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon may have an experience advantage over his opponent this Friday, Michael Chiesa, but "J-Lau" thinks highly of "The Maverick." Lauzon says that he's better at everything Chiesa is, but knows he's facing a tough test in the tall and rangy Ultimate Fighter winner.
"He is always prepared for his fights," Lauzon tells Cagewriter.
"He doesn't always get credit for his wins but you can tell that he prepares very well. He's also a south paw, long, and has good Jiu Jitsu. He takes advantage of his long arms by using the jab really good. He's also good at taking the back at weird angles."
Lauzon is always confident but even he can't predict exactly how the fight with Chiesa will go. "It's going to be a really exciting fight," he says.
"A lot of the things he's good at, I feel that I'm better at. He uses his boxing to set up his Jiu Jitsu well, and I'm pretty good at that. He has good Jiu Jitsu and I think I have great Jiu Jitsu. I don't quite know how the fight is going to go. I could see us going out there hard and one guy clipping the other one right away. You never know."
Lauzon isn't concerned about his over eight-month lay off since last fighting in December, 2013. The Boston-area fighter says he's had the best training camp of his career.
"I've had a couple other longer lay-offs than this," he says.
"I'm not super crazy about an eight to nine month lay off but based on my sparring, I feel really good about it. Most people like to stay a bit more active but I don't mind taking a little more time than most between camps because I train real hard. I take a lot of chances in training camp and so I get a lot of wear and tear, pulling this and pulling that. So, I didn't mind the time off."
At the end of the day, Lauzon can't wait to get back into the cage after a trying 2014. "He's going to be tough to deal with," he admits.
"But I'm ready to go."
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