Being an exciting fighter pays off in more ways than one.
Just ask UFC lightweight and alumni of The Ultimate Fighter season five, Joe Lauzon, who raked in a whopping $100,000 this past weekend (August 4, 2012) by taking home the UFC on Fox 4 "Fight of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" bonuses for his third round submission victory over Jamie Varner.
Lauzon spoke with Cagewriter about the accomplishment:
"As for the bonuses, I've been really fortunate. I train hard and I think my style of Jiu Jitsu is good for that. I'm constantly going for things. In the second round, for example, I was winning the round in my opinion and had Jamie's back with ten seconds left. Then I heard the 10-second marker and went for an arm bar. It wasn't a very good set up for the submission but I figured, 'what the heck?' He wasn't going to hit me that much in ten seconds if I didn't get it and if I got it, great."
If you take a look at the Boston native's track record, he might be on pace to be one of the most entertaining fighters of all time.
Of his 22 career victories, Lauzon has finished all 22. Even in his four UFC losses, he's taken home "Fight of the Night" three times and while he didn't bring home the bacon against Anthony Pettis, his head kick knockout loss allowed "Showtime" to get the "Knockout of the Night" bonus as well.
This has drawn comparisons to beloved and retired UFC welterweight Chris Lytle. Lauzon spoke up about the man he passed to set the bonus record.
"I loved watching Chris Lytle fight and, of course, I love watching [Silva] fight. Both have more fights than me so for me to have won more fight night bonuses than them is awesome. I take a lot of pride in going in there and trying to finish people."
Lauzon certainly is on pace to be very taken care of by the time his fighting career is over.
Where do you rank him in terms of excitement-levels in the UFC? Is there anyone in the promotion right now that could potentially beat "J-Lau's" record?