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.”
Photo courtesy of the Victory Fighting Championship.
Update 8:00 PM: The UFC has confirmed the fight on their official website.
Victory Fighting Championship veteran Ryan Roberts has become the latest potential fighter to fill in for an injured Spencer Fisher against former PRIDE lightweight standout Marcus Aurelio at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 13 on April 2nd.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have learned from sources close to Roberts that he may have accepted the bout.
Fisher, a Miletich Fighting Systems product, was forced to pull out of his match against Aurelio after suffering a shoulder injury during a recent training session.
Jim Miller, who has fought primarily on the East Coast and recently submitted UFC veteran Chris Ligouri earlier this month at a Ring of Combat show, was reported as being tapped as a replacement opponent. However Miller appears to be under contract with the IFL, leaving him unable to fill in at the event.
Roberts was recently victorious in a four-man, one-night lightweight tournament at VFC 22: Ascension, defeating Zach Wolff and Joe Doherty in consecutive fights.
In any event, Aurelio’s bout is slated to be one of six preliminary fights in an event that features a main event between Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon. The three-hour telecast will precede the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest.