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It may be the much anticipated grudge match between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans that is setting the stage for UFC 114 this Saturday, but the local buzz in Massachusetts is centered on East Bridgewater’s Lauzon family.
Dan Lauzon, brother of well-known lightweight fighter Joe Lauzon, will be fighting Efrain Escudero on the preliminary bouts that air before the pay per view event. Dan is looking to bounce back from a submission loss to Cole Miller at UFC 108, but the story from the Lauzon camp is that brother Joe and Dan’s father will not be in Dan’s corner for the fight.
In fact, another one of Dan’s trainers and Dan’s boxing coach have also refused to fly to Las Vegas for the fight.
“This is going to be the first fight I don’t have them in my corner. They’re not going to be there to support me. It (stinks). I don’t really know what I did to deserve this. I wouldn’t do that to anybody. I wouldn’t do that to my brother, I wouldn’t do that to anyone in my gym. It’s not right.”
The reason for the family abandonment is because Dan has not been training as hard as he used to. This apparent lack of commitment has left a bitter taste in the mouths of the rest of the Lauzon camp.
“He trained better than he did before, but he still didn’t fulfill everything we wanted him to do. We said you need to train 10 or 11 times a week, and he didn’t do that. I don’t think he’s done that one time.” – Joe Lauzon
The Lauzon’s have been a highly regarded fighting family for years; this refusal to support a family member may not put Joe in the best light. With this decision coming less than a month before the fight, you have to wonder what mindset Dan will be in when he steps into the Octagon.
The UFC 114 prelims will air for free this Saturday on Spike TV at 9:00 EST. Tune in and support Dan’s quest to win this fight without the support of his family.