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Joe Lauzon, UFC Lightweight fighter and the pride of East Bridgewater, MA, made his return to the Octagon on Saturday night at UFC 108. Unfortunately, it was not the return we were hoping for.
Lauzon took on Sam Stout in one of the best matches of the night that went the distance and ended with a unanimous decision victory for Stout (15-5).
Lauzon looked good early as it only took him 14 seconds to get the fight to the ground. With that takedown, Lauzon quickly worked for a submission, goinng for a kimura. Stout looked like he was in trouble, but he was able to roll and squirm his way out of the attempt by Lauzon and the fight was back to it’s feet. This is where it would primarily stay for the rest of the match as Stout picked Lauzon apart with his superior striking.
Some may call it “ring rust” for Lauzon (18-5), who hasn’t seen action in over 10 months, but I have no doubt that this loss (only his 2nd in the UFC) is just a temporary setback and not something we can expect to see on a consistent basis.
The match received “Fight of the Night” honors with both men taking home a $50,000 bonus.