UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon expects to return to action in his native Massachusetts when the UFC makes it’s Boston debut with UFC 118 on August 28 at TD Garden, The Ultimate Fighter 5 semifinalist recently told MMAjunkie.
Lauzon (18-5) earned “Submission of the Night” honors for his second-round armbar of Jeremy Stephens last February that marked his second-straight win following a loss to lightweight contender Kenny Florian, but dropped a unanimous decision to Sam Stout in January as he returned from a near year-long layoff following surgery to repair a torn ACL.
“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 said in February. “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.”
An opponent for Lauzon has yet to be determined, though Lauzon said he’s open to a rematch with Stout should he lose his upcoming UFC 113 showdown with Stephens.
UFC 118 has yet to be officially announced, but will likely be headlined by a rematch between lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and former title-holder BJ Penn, while lightweight contenders Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard are expected to meet in the card’s co-main event.