After 16 months in the sidelines, Joe Lauzon made his 27th Octagon appearance against Dana White Contender Series alum Jonathan Pearce. The 35-year-old UFC veteran did not disappoint his hometown crowd, winning via dominant first-round TKO.
While Lauzon’s performance impressed many, UFC president Dana White apparently had a deal with him prior to the fight.
“Me and Joe Lauzon had a deal that he would retire after this fight, win, lose, or draw. And he didn’t do it,” White told reporters during the post-fight scrum.
So when asked if he would try to force Lauzon into retirement, White had this to say.
“Yeah,” he responded. “What better way to go out than tonight? And he beat a real guy tonight. He beat a tough guy that I bet a lot of people didn’t think he was gonna beat. And he made it look easy.
“And this is one of those things when you’re talking to a guy who loves to fight like Joe Lauzon loves to fight, and the Chuck Liddells, and many, many more in the past that I’ve dealt with,” White continued. “‘It’s so hard to walk away. I looked great tonight.’ And then if they lose, ‘I can’t go out like this. Getting beat in my hometown, in front of my…’ It’s just, you know…”
Lauzon’s win over Pearce broke a three-fight skid, as he improves to a record of 28-15 (with 26 wins by stoppage).