Lightweight Joe Lauzon, who dropped a unanimous decision to Sam Stout at UFC 108 in January, gives credit to Stout for the victory, which many called the best performance of his career, but says he rushed his return from knee surgery and will wait until August before stepping back into the Octagon in Boston.
“I talked to the UFC and asked them what they were thinking. They said they definitely wanted me to fight on the Boston card” Lauzon told the Boston Herald. “We talked about it, and we could try to squeeze one (fight) in the middle, but we’re better off to just wait. Rather than trying to rush into two short camps, I’ll give myself one longer camp and get back to business.”
Prior to his loss to Stout, Lauzon (18-5), a semifinalist on The Ultimate Fighter 5, had won back-to-back bouts over Kyle Bradley and Jeremy Stephens to improve to 5-1 in the UFC.
Lauzon is the first addition to the Boston UFC card, likely UFC 1117 or UFC 118, which takes place on August 28 and airs live on pay-per-view from the TD Garden.