"Dealing with family can be really tough sometimes. When you mix business and family... it's an absolute nightmare. You make a tough decision and its cold. You go easy on someone and they are only treated that way because they are family. I am usually tough on Dan, but it's because I love him and want what's best for him. I know that me being easy on him in training is not going to help him when there is someone across the cage from him trying with everything they have to hurt him. We never wanted to hurt Dan and we all want him to win. We had to take a such a tough stand though because he refused to change. We had exhausted every other option and this was the only thing left for us to try. This has been the most frustrating task of my life... because you can't help someone that won't help themselves. When you run around town telling people you are a professional fighter in the UFC... you have to train like one. I had really hoped Dan would see the situation for what it was... but it's all twisted and he just has a delusional view of things. I wish none of this even came out... but it did and I am disgusted by him dragging all of our names through the mud. I have bent over backwards for Dan and opened so many doors and helped him out so many times. Joe Pomfret has treated Dan like his own son and no one has done more for Danny that that guy... and Danny acts like this. It's all pretty disappointing... but that's how it goes. I wouldn't put up with any of this with anyone else at my gym, and I am no longer putting up with it with Dan."
-- UFC lightweight and former TUF competitor Joe Lauzon responds to a Boston Herald post (via his official blog) that accused him and the rest of his team of abandoning his brother Dan two weeks prior to "The Upgrade's" big fight against Efrain Escudero at UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. Dan is quoted in the article as being abandoned by his team and contends that he was holding up his end of the bargain while Joe accuses him of dogging it in training camp for every UFC fight. Is there a chance these brothers and mixed marital artists can patch things up? Or is the fight game just like any other business in that it's never good to involve your family?