If you don’t know the name Joe Lauzon, you probably navigated to this site erroneously. Lauzon is one of the pioneers of New England MMA and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting fighters to ever set foot in the UFC octagon. I first saw Lauzon fight live in 2004. The event was Mass Destruction 15 and as I waded through the jam packed floor of the Avalon Night Club, I had no idea what to expect. Despite having grown up in the same hometown, I had no idea who Joe Lauzon was, and I had never seen him fight before. The lanky East Bridgewater native didn’t look like a typical fighter when he entered the ring, but his skills were apparent from the moment the opening bell rang. That night, he ran through David Gilrien and won his pro debut by first round submission. The rest, as they say, is history.
While his own MMA career is starting to wind down, Lauzon is still a prominent figure in the sport and has become a well known and successful coach. I had the pleasure of visiting Joe and his stable of fighters this summer in order to pick his brain and observe his training methods.
NEMMA: What made you gravitate toward martial arts and toward jiu jitsu/MMA in particular?
JL: I loved professional wrestling when I was in high school. I had a trampoline, my friends and I would wrestle on there, and it would inevitably end up turning into a Jiu-Jitsu match. I was the king of the neighborhood until a few friends started doing BJJ and then they started to win and I couldn't have that. So I signed up and re-established myself as the best i