“I think I have the ability to hurt someone faster than anyone else, and that’s something that BJ Penn and the other coaches from The Ultimate Fighter told me. They weren’t super impressed with my grappling or my striking, but they said if I put my combinations together and was on target then I could hurt people faster than anyone else… It doesn’t matter how good you are; when you get caught with a couple of good shots, all of your skills go away, so sometimes it just comes down to getting in first… I do have a wild style—we always joke that it’s controlled chaos—but because I’m always taking chances like that in training I have a good idea of what I have a good chance of getting when I go for it or whether I should just ignore it. I’m really good at making things up on the fly and adapting. Sometimes the risks outweigh the rewards, but if you train a low-percentage move enough, it becomes a high-percentage move, like my leg locks… I’m a fan first and foremost. I happen to be a fighter, but I can’t even tell you how many hours a day I used to watch hours and hours of fighter highlights, and those are the kinds of fights I want to have. The ideal fight for me is for the entire fight to be a highlight.”

—Joe Lauzon talking to Tapology about his fighting style

Turning an entire fight into a highlight is a lofty goal, but one that he achieved against Gabe Ruediger when he ran through him like a buzz saw at UFC 118. Doing that against his UFC 123 opponent, George Sotiropolous, is a different story though. Lauzon recognizes that Sotiropolous doesn’t take as many chances as other fighters and thus doesn’t make as many mistakes and create as many openings for his opponents. Destroying Gabe Ruediger was impressive but running through George Sotiropolous would mean so much more.