Kenny Florian throws a knee at Joe Lauzon. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The ‘Battle of Boston’ went in Kenny Florian’s favor last night as he relentlessly pressured fellow Massachusetts native Joe Lauzon before ultimately stopping his foe with an onslaught of unanswered strikes during the latest edition of UFC Fight Night at the at the Broomfield Events Center in Denver, Colorado.
What originally was booked as a friendly matchup between two lightweight contenders slowly evolved into a heated exchange of pre-fight trash talking. The tension between the two was evident from the start of the fight as an intense staredown changed into a quick exchange of punches.
Lauzon quickly down Florian down in the first minute. An unorthodox attempt by Florian to use elbows from the bottom was foiled by referee Herb Dean after one of the blows cut the back of Lauzon’s head open. Florian then used solid submission defense to escape knee bar and heel hook attempts before eventually closing out the round delivering strikes from the top position.
Florian turned up the heat at the start of the second round. A swift body kick led to Florian scoring a takedown and transitioning to half-guard. The veteran of the inaugural season of “The Ultimate Fighter” then rained down unanswered punches and elbows on Lauzon for nearly two full minutes. Despite a good job of covering up and limiting damage, Dean decided that Lauzon had enough, moving Florian even closer to another shot at the lightweight title that was once in his reach.
“Joe’s a great competitor and I knew it was gonna be a tough fight,” Florian said after the bout. “That’s what I wanted.”
George Sotiropoulos exchanges punches with Jared Rollins during tapings for the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced that former “Ultimate Fighter 6” competitors George Sotiropoulos and Roman Mitichyan will clash in a welterweight contest at UFC Fight Night 13.
The event, which features a main event between lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon, will mark the UFC’s return to Denver, Colorado for the first time since the promotion held the Ultimate Ultimate tournament in 1995.
Sotriopoulos, who was a favorite to win it all throughout the sixth season of the popular reality show, ended up falling short after being knocked out by eventual runner-up Tommy Speer in the semi-finals. The Australian was victorious in his UFC debut, submitted Billy Miles with a rear naked choke at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale.
Like his counterpart, Mitichyan also picked up his first UFC win at the event, submitted Muay Thai specialist Dorian Price with an ankle lock. The former stunt man was forced to leave the show in the first episode after fracturing his elbow during a training session.