Many UFC fans who are familiar with Joe Lauzon will most likely recognize him by his jaw-dropping, crowd pleasing fights. A true submission master as well as knock-out artist, Joe is nothing short of spectacular when fighting inside of the octagon. However, it’s his life outside of the octagon that fans are un-familiar with. For a fighter who is tied with Nate Diaz with the most post-fight bonus awards in the UFC’s history, Joe is a pretty average guy.
Now, if you’ve ever heard Joe Lauzon speak, you’d immediately hear a New England accent. Well, it just so happens that Joe was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on May 22, 1984. Joe and his family remained in Brockton until the 3rd grade, when they eventually moved to Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Now, Bridgewater is about an hour south of Boston, and both cities are on opposite ends of the spectrum from one another. Think suburban and rural when referencing Bridgewater. Joe Lauzon was a semi country boy who enjoyed Bull riding and was an avid wrestling fan. His father even owned a bait supply business that Joe worked at during high school. Joe and his dad would deliver live bait orders to shops all over the Cape Cod area for the booming fishing industry. Although he didn’t always enjoy customers last minute decisions on shipping orders, Joe learned a valuable lesson that keeping your customers happy is insurance that your bills get paid. I believe that early life lesson translated well into his MMA Career.
After graduating from East Bridgewater High School, Joe Lauzon attended the Wentworth Institute of Technology where he would graduate in 2006 with a degree in computer science. This was a time when the internet was really exploding and Joe felt it would be a stable industry to make a living in. Before he officially became a full time professional Mixed Martial Artist, for a brief time Joe worked as a network administrator in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It wouldn’t last long as his true passion was in fighting the best athletes in the world.
Joe Lauzons son, Joseph Lauzon III, survived an early fight of his own with a very rare form of cancer. Little Joey was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at just 5 days old and immediately began chemotherapy to eradicate the cancer. Neuroblastoma is a type of a cancer that attacks the nerves of infants and is diagnosed by doctors less than 20,000 times annually in the US. Little Joey received care from the Jimmy Fund (the organization that we raised money for in November) in Boston, MA. This group is responsible for raising funds for both adult and pediatric cancer patients as well as providing money for research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Thankfully, Joe Lauzon III is cancer free today and does not have any permanent damage.
Joe Lauzon currently owns a gym in South Easton, MA where he works with both kids and adults in the arts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing and grappling. Joe is a hands-on teacher and has several of his students competing in local circuits – and winning.
You can catch Joe’s next fight against the Polish native Marcin Held Sunday night on Fox Sports 1 @10PM ETPT. Joe will be the co-main event of the evening. *Online prelims begin at 6:15 ETPT.
“If you don’t have faith in what you’re trying to do, it’s not going to work. There might be something thats not the best, but if you have faith, it will work.” -Joe Lauzon