UFC lightweight Dan Lauzon will not be cornered by his brother and fellow UFC 155-pounder Joe Lauzon or his trainers Joe Pomfret and Steve Maze for his UFC 114 matchup against Efrain Escudero on May 29 following questions over Dan’s preparations for the matchup.
“They’re not going to be there to support me. It (stinks). I don’t really know what I did to deserve this. I wouldn’t do that to anybody. I wouldn’t do that to my brother, I wouldn’t do that to anyone in my gym. It’s not right,” Dan Lauzon told The Boston Herald.
“We said you need to train 10 or 11 times a week, and he didn’t do that. I don’t think he’s done that one time,” Joe Lauzon explained. “He trained better than he did before (the ultimatum), but he still didn’t fulfill everything we wanted him to do.”
However, Dan Lauzon says he was never presented with specific requirements and was “training hard” and “doing everything right” before learning that his brother and trainers wouldn’t accompany him from Massachusetts to Las Vegas for the bout.
“It’s not fair that we all make time for him in Vegas when he can’t do his job beforehand and train,” Joe Lauzon has since wrote on his official website. “I wouldn’t put up with any of this with anyone else at my gym, and I am no longer putting up with it with Dan”.
The youngest fighter in UFC history, Lauzon (12-3) dropped his UFC debut to Spencer Fisher in 2006, then rebounded with eight-straight wins before falling to Cole Miller in his return to the UFC in January.
Escudero (13-1) defeated Phillipe Nover in December 2008 to win The Ultimate Fighter 8, then scored a first-round TKO of Miller in September, but suffered a third-round submission to Evan Dunham in January for his first career loss.
Pictured: Dan Lauzon