Saturday's UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen event emanates from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
This wouldn't be the first time a fight involving "J-Lau" has ended up being the proverbial "fight of the night" -- but as common as Lauzon's participation in epic battles has become -- so too has the amount of punishment he's absorbed in the process.
A title shot.
"People say the number one contender should always fight the champ, but that doesn't work out like that. People get injured, guys who are sometimes coming off of losses get title shots like Chael Sonnen. It's not always about rankings. I'm coming off of a couple of a losses and a few good wins, I don't care who it is, I just need to get a few wins together. Luck plays a big part of it, I need to stay healthy and not get injured. Then, who knows."
This won't be the first time Lauzon has fought on home soil. He put on a beautiful display of mixed martial arts (MMA) prowess against Gabe Ruediger way back at UFC 118 and has quietly become a seven-year veteran of UFC's lightweight division.
While the exciting style of offense has become a staple of who Lauzon is as a fighter, the lack of consecutive victories has stifled his ascension through the ranks.
Something he hopes to rectify starting Saturday in Boston.
"People always tell me how exciting my last fight was (with Jim Miller at UFC 155), but even though I had a good fight with Miller, I’m still coming off of a loss. I’m coming off of a couple of a losses and a few good wins, I don’t care who it is, I just need to get a few wins together."
Johnson will be another tough test in a long line of contenders Lauzon has already faced in his UFC career. With the same approach, paired with the allegiance the hometown crowd is sure to give, "J-Lau" seems primed to make the elusive leap from exciting veteran to 155-pound title contender.