Joe Lauzon and UFC newcomer Jason Reinhardt have both confirmed that they will be fighting each other at UFC 78 in New Jersey according to The Fight Network.
Lauzon stated that he would begin training today with former UFC Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn in Hawaii. Lauzon is undefeated so far in the UFC, stopping former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver with strikes and submitting fellow Ultimate Fighter 5 castmate Brandon Melendez is consecutive fights.
Speaking of being undefeated, Reinhardt holds a perfect record of 18-0 in his MMA career. While all of his wins have come against weaker opponents in smaller shows, Reinhardt’s resume shows that he is a legit signing for the UFC.
An interesting thing that Lauzon discussed was how Reinhardt got the bout - the same way how Lauzon was hooked up with Pulver:
“[UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva is probably sick of Jason emailing him, and it’s my job to shut him up,” says Lauzon. “That’s how I got the fight with Jens, and that’s how Jason is getting in now. He is praying for lightning to strike twice, but it’s not gonna happen.”