Will the real Joe Lauzon please stand up? Bostonian cruises at UFC 118

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Quoteworthy:

Welcome to Boston! I'm glad I got to fight here in Boston. I wanted to take his arm and that's exactly what I did...The crowd was unbelievable tonight. I love the crowd. I love Boston. I was definitely feeding off that energy.

Joe Lauzon missed almost a year after a knee injury. When he finally returned to action, at UFC 108 in January he looked tentative and lacked the explosiveness that had come to characterize his career. No more. Lauzon ran through fellow The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 contestant Gabe Ruediger like a freight train.

He slammed his cake eating opponent, and basically had his way with him before mercifully finishing the fight with an armbar two minutes in. Lauzon didn't just take home a win. He took home a cool $60,000 for submission of the night too. Maybe it was calibre of competition, but Lauzon looked like he had switched bodies with fellow Bostonian Kenny Florian. Is Lauzon back? Is he the real deal? Or is Gabe Ruediger just that awful?

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