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Lauzons to become first brothers to fight on same UFC card

The Canadian Press
1/1/2010 7:47:57 PM
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LAS VEGAS - The Lauzon brothers are ready to rumble Saturday night at UFC 108, making history in the process.

Joe, 25, and Dan, 21, will become the first brothers to appear on the same UFC show.

"It's pretty remarkable," said Dan.

"I'm just amped up, motivated. Same as Joe," he added. "We're both ready to put on a show."

Lightweight Jim Miller is also fighting at UFC 108 (available on pay-per-view), against Duane (Bang) Ludwig. He will be cornered by older brother Dan, a UFC middleweight. But the Millers have yet to fight on the same card.

Joe Lauzon (17-4) takes on Canadian Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout while fellow 155-pounder Dan (12-2) faces Cole Miller (no relation to Jim or Dan), a fighter Joe defeated on Season 5 of "The Ultimate Fighter."

The Lauzon brothers have fought together once before -- on April 1, 2006, at a World Fighting League show at the Club Lido in Revere, Mass.

Joe Lauzon won three fights that night to finish victorious in an eight-man tournament while Dan -- one day after his 18th birthday --won his pro debut.

"I ended up kicking the crap out of the guy," Dan said, referring to opponent Anthony Peters, whom he submitted via a toehold in the second round.

The Club Lido performance earned Joe his first UFC invitation and he made the most of it, taking just 48 seconds to knock out former lightweight champion Jens Pulver in a massive upset at UFC 63 in September 2006. He followed that up by joining "The Ultimate Fighter" cast for Season 5 and had been in the UFC ever since.

Dan made his UFC debut a month later at UFC 64, becoming the youngest UFC fighter in the process. He was just 18, taking on hard-nosed Spencer (The King) Fisher on two weeks notice. At the time Dan had been a pro less for some six months with four straight wins under his belt.

He opened strongly but gassed out and lost by TKO with 22 seconds left in the first round. The UFC told him they liked what they had seen and to call when he was ready to return. But Dan decided he needed more seasoning.

He lost his next fight by submission to Deividas Taurosevicius, who went on to fight in the IFL and WEC. "He was a bad-ass," said Dan.

It was time for some soul-searching with his coaches. He took five months off "to heal, train, refocus."

"Basically revamp all my training, and start taking it much more seriously. Since then I've rattled off eight wins."

Dan returns to the UFC after a stint with the now-defunct Affliction. He was slated to fight at UFC 103 but was sidelined by a back injury. Joe, meanwhile, has been out of action since February because of knee surgery.

The Lauzon brothers may both fight for a living but Dan says there are lots of differences.

Joe graduated with a degree in computer science from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Dan couldn't wait to leave the books behind.

"I hated school, I didn't really get the best grades . . . I knew I wasn't going to go to college. When I was 14, 15 years old I just knew that what I wanted to do was I wanted to fight and I wanted to fight at the highest level possible."

Fighting has always been his high.

"I was never the one to walk away from a fight. I just always loved it."

His parents wouldn't allow him to box as a kid, but he got some combat experience when Joe took up jiu-jitsu at 16.

"He'd come home, all of his friends, they would always beat me up," said Dan, who was 12 at the time. "I was always a pretty tough kid, I'd always take my beatings. And I felt like it made me tougher today. So I'm thankful they beat me up when I was younger."

It was an educational beatdown. Dan would ask Joe's friends to show him what they had just done to him.

Joe and Dan, who have another brother and a sister, also often tussled as kids.

"We'd be wrestling, doing fake wrestling matches," Dan said. "Then one thing would lead to another and we'd end up throwing some hands and trying to beat on each other. I'd say I was always a little bit tougher than him, but he was just kind of bigger than me when we were little so he'd get the best of me.

"But now in the gym whenever we do train together, more times than not, people are pulling us apart and trying to break us up because it gets pretty heated and it gets pretty involved."

The brothers have even discussed at length whether they would fight each other for real.

"If the money was right and everything was good, I'd have no problem fighting Joe and he'd have no problem fighting me," Dan said. "We look at this as a sport. . . I think it would be a great fight to be honest, we wouldn't hold back, I'll tell you that."

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