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After a spectacular three-round fight with Jim Miller that had more blood than a "Saw" movie at UFC 155 last month, UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon expressed concern about the effects of such a grueling fight. Lauzon is known as one of the UFC's most exciting fighters, but says he wants to be less exciting in fear of suffering lasting brain damage.
Unfortunately for Lauzon, he was on the wrong end of that bloodbath as his opponent, Jim Miller, caused a large cut on Lauzon's forehead in the first round of their battle that bled profusely until the final bell.
The fight ended up going all three rounds, earned "Fight of the Night" and is being talked about as one of the best fights in all of 2012.
But despite the applause Lauzon is receiving from fans for his valiant effort, the battle that served as the UFC 155 co-main event was a war of attrition - the type that will take years off a fighters career, and possibly their life as well.
With that in mind, Lauzon tells The Boston Herald he prefers his fights end quickly and hopes there aren't many more three-round wars in his future because those are the type of fights that can ultimately lead to permanent brain damage down the road.
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"I don't want to say I don't want to have exciting fights, because I do. But I'm not going out there and looking to be a punching bag either," said Lauzon. "If I lose, then that's fine, but I don't want to be one of those guys that goes out to war every single time. We're fighting, so brain damage and all that stuff is a very real thing. I don't want to need help eating cereal in the future."
As you can see in the day-by-day photo updates of Lauzon's face after UFC 155, the damage sustained in his fight with Miller leaves The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran with scars that will last a lifetime.
In Lauzon's case, he doesn't always need to be in a 15-minute back-and-forth war to be an exciting fighter. His UFC-record tying 12 post-fight bonuses are proof the 28-year-old delivers the goods every time out whether the fight goes three minutes or three rounds.
With that said, "J-Lau" makes a good point. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is still a young sport and no one truly knows the long term effects a career in MMA will have on the brain.
The scientific evidence for that isn't yet available, but at least Lauzon is smart enough to recognize the type of fight he was in at UFC 155 should be a rarity, not a common occurrence.