At UFC 63 on September 23, heavy underdog and relative unknown Joe Lauzon (14-3) stunned the mixed martial arts world with a first round knockout of former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver (21-7-1).
Then, the 23-year-old from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, faded into relative oblivion, apparently resuming his job as a network administrator back home.
I must average about five emails per week, asking me when and where we will Lauzon fight next. So, apologies for not passing this news along sooner.
But, chances are we're going to see a lot of "J-Lau" (lord I hope that nickname is a joke) in the next few months, according to MMAWeekly.com.
In an odd twist, Lauzon is slated to appear on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5. Pulver, of course, is one of the two coaches — BJ Penn is the other.
A few weeks back, we shared the rumor that Joe's brother and fellow UFC fighter, Dan, was to appear on the program. That has turned out to be incorrect.
Now, Joe appears to be in the spotlight alongside some extremely talented competitors such as Nathan Diaz and Matt Wiman. All told, 16 155-pound fighters will vie for a six-figure UFC contract (s).
The show has already began taping an will premier on April 5, following the UFC Fight Night 9 event that same evening.
UFC President Dana White was recently quoted as saying the season is off to an amazing start, with one of the best fights in the history of the program already taking place.
He could just be up to his usual antics. However, based on the format, fighters and coaches, I'm buying into the hype this time around.
That's because TUF 5 has all the makings of an entertaining season. The Lauzon-Pulver subplot alone is genius.
Get ready to see that knockout 50 times come April ...