Joe Lauzon dealt with unimaginable odds after his last UFC win.
One Sunday in January, Lauzon and his wife welcomed their first son, Joey Lauzon, into the world. Tears of joy turned into those of pain, as doctors broke the terrible news to the couple that their son had cancer.
“That was a complete roller coaster,” Lauzon said on The Great MMA Debate Podcast, reflecting on the difficult time following his son’s birth.
The Lauzon infant was taken to a Boston hospital where the child underwent treatment to help recover from the disease. The fighter questioned how something like this can happen, leaving him with numerous unanswered questions and fearing the worst.
“How does a baby that’s six days old need chemotherapy?” he questioned. “The whole thing was crazy.”
Luckily, after three rounds of chemo, Joey recovered and doctors told Lauzon and his wife that their baby was NED, which stands for “no evidence of disease.”
It was a fight that Lauzon burdened for quite some time, and one tougher than any the UFC athlete had experienced in the Octagon. But little Joey fought through his recovery, as did his father, and now Lauzon is prepared to return to the cage with his UFC Fight Night Connecticut bout against Michael Chiesa.
Two hours away from home, Lauzon will meet Chiesa at Foxwoods Resort Casino on Sept. 5. The two share a mark on their resumés, each participating in their own season of The Ultimate Fighter. The fact that both have been on the show means more to Lauzon because it gives him the opportunity to be a TUF headhunter.
“Now I just want to start collecting scalps,” Lauzon said, adding to his point that he just recently beat another TUF castmember in Mac Danzig. “I want to start getting guys who won The Ultimate Fighter. Chiesa’s next. I think that all the stuff that he does, I’m better at, but he’s tough.”
Chiesa is the type of fighter that Lauzon said he likes to watch because the TUF 15 winner is so active in throwing strikes and attempting submissions. Lauzon added that his style combined with Chiesa’s makes for the kind of entertaining fight that fans clamor for and are accustomed to from him.
With a win over Chiesa — and hopefully another Fight/Performance of the Night award — Lauzon will look to carry on his purpose of beating former Ultimate Fighter competitors.
Maybe one day he’ll get a chance to fight them all. But for now, he’ll try and take care of business in three rounds, just like little Joey Lauzon did with his chemo.
“You never know,” he said. “There’s a lot of guys out there.”
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