Joe Lauzon, who will take on Sam Stout on the main card of UFC 108, which kicks off from the MGM Grand Garden Arena and airs live on Pay Per View at 10pm EST, recently shared his thoughts on Stout, as well as the man waiting at the top of the 155lb division, BJ Penn.
"Sam’s tough. I think he’s the toughest guy I have fought other than Kenny [Florian]. He is a really good strikerand always goes out there to finish. Like you said, he does have really improved takedown defense, so it’s going to be a tough fight.
I’m super aggressive, but Stout’s aggressive too, so his decisions have not been for a lack of trying. If I do win, it’ll be by a submission or some other finish, but I also think if he wins it will be by knockout or TKO. Neither one of us is looking for a decision. We’re both going out there to finish the other guy."
[Vs. Sanchez] "BJ is the man. One of the most impressive things about that fight was that he could’ve finished him at the beginning of the fight but he just beat on him for four plus rounds. The thing that impressed me the most was that he finished with a kick. You really don’t see BJ throw kicks. I think it just speaks volumes about how talented BJ is and how dangerous he is.
[Recent Domination at 155] I expected it. I really did. I had fought Kenny before, and I knew how I did against Kenny and I knew how I did against BJ in training. I did better against Kenny than I ever did against BJ on my best day. As for Diego, he has kind of goofy stand-up, and BJ is just too sick. He has a granite chin, he’s heavy-handed, and of course he has great takedown defense. I just knew Diego wouldn’t be able to get the fight where he wanted it to go.
I’m always so happy to see him win. It’s inspiration more than anything to know that you can get that good. It’s awesome. I did get the opportunity to train with him for a length of time, and every time I was reminded that this is how good I could get. It’s just motivation to get better."