If you are an active MMA fan or Jiu Jitsu fan for that matter, I’m sure you’ve heard or said yourself “Man he/she submitted a ton of people.” Well that got me wondering… who has literally submitted a ton of people by weight (2000 lbs.)?
Joseph E. “J-Lau” Lauzon Jr. 27-14 MMA (14-11 UFC)
Born May 22, 1984 – Brockton, Massachusetts
Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts
Lauzon didn’t have much of an athletic youth as far as sports were concerned. He did, as many of us did, have his own remake wrestling matches with his friends but that’s about it until his junior year of high school. This is when he began his first training in martial arts. When he was eighteen he would begin his amateur MMA career. He went 4-3 as an amateur with three submission victories, one due to strikes.
Lauzon began his pro career at nineteen in February 2004. Starting off on a spectacular 8-fight streak with all eight wins coming by submission, five in the first round. Winning the Combat Zone lightweight title and defending it once along with winning the Mass Destruction lightweight title as well.
Now having fought eight times in just over a year, he would face Jorge Masvidal at Absolute Fighting Championships 12 in April 2005 debuting in the promotion. Masvidal would get the TKO stoppage over Lauzon @ 3:57 of the second round stopping him for the first time in his career and snapping his 8-fight winning streak. Three months later Lauzon would compete against Tim Honeycutt at AFC 13 scoring an eleven second TKO.
Now set to compete at APEX Undisputed which would make his fifth MMA promotion. Lauzon would lose his first MMA bout by submission after being caught in a calf slicer by Ivan Menjivar in the first round. He would then go back and defend his Combat Zone lightweight title for the second and last time at CZ 12 where he defeated Antoine Skinner via triangle choke in sixty seconds flat.
Lauzon would then compete for AFC for the final time vs Raphael Assuncao at AFC 15. Late in the second round Assuncao secured an armbar and forced Lauzon to tap @ 4:37. Lauzon then would compete three times in one night on April 1, 2006 in the World Fighting League Grand Prix. He won all three bouts in the first round Adam Comfort (achilles lock), Zane Baker (KO slam) and Douglas Brown (armbar) to become the 2006 WFL Grand Prix champion.
Now signed by the UFC, he was set to face Jens Pulver at UFC 63 in September 2006. Lauzon would make an incredible UFC debut by stopping Pulver in just forty-eight seconds of the first round by KO. Now entering The Ultimate Fighter season 5 he would win his first two exhibition bouts but come up short vs Manny Gamburyan losing a unanimous decision. He would then pull off two submissions over Brandon Melendez (TUF 5 Finale) and Jason Reinhardt (UFC 78) before being stopped by Kenny Florian by 2nd round TKO at UFC FN 13 in his first UFC defeat.
Lauzon would now have mixed results in his MMA career never putting together more than two victories in a row. Taking out Kyle Bradley (UFC FN 15 – TKO) and Jeremy Stephens (UFC FN 17 – armbar), before dropping a unanimous decision to Sam Stout at UFC 108 in January 2010. He would then score a first round armbar on Gabe Ruediger (UFC118) before losing via second round kimura to George Sotiropoulos (UFC 123) to end his 2010.
With two first round submissions in 2011 (Curt Warburton – UFC on Versus 4, Melvin Guillard – UFC 136) it looked as if Lauzon may be back on track. Then he met former WEC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis at UFC 144 in February 2012. Pettis made quick work of Lauzon stopping him at 1:21 of the first round via KO. Lauzon would win his next bout at UFC on FOX 4 with a third round submission over Jamie Varner, which was his last submission victory. Then he dropped two in a row via decision to Jim Miller (UFC 155) and Michael Johnson (UFC FN 26).
Over Lauzon’s last ten bouts he has gone 5-5 with notable first round TKO’s over Takanori Gomi (UFC on FOX 16) and Diego Sanchez (UFC 200). Along with a few notable TKO losses to Al Iaquinta (UFC 183) and his last bout at UFC FN 120 where Clay Guida stopped him in only sixty-seven seconds in November. In Lauzon’s last six bouts he has fought to a decision in four of them. By comparison, Lauzon had only fought to a decision four times in his previous thirty-five bouts with his first twenty-two victories coming by stoppage.
In his 41 fight career Lauzon has submitted 18 of his opponents totaling 2,798.1 lbs. of men.
In order from most recent:
Jamie Varner UFC on FOX 4 3rd rnd. Triangle @ 2:44 156 lbs.
Melvin Guillard UFC 136 1st rnd. RNC @ 0:47 155.5 lbs.
Curt Warburton UFC on Versus 4 1st rnd. Kimura @ 1:58 155.6 lbs.
Gabe Ruediger UFC 118 1st rnd. Armbar @ 2:01 155 lbs.
Jeremy Stephens UFC FN 17 2nd rnd. Armbar @ 4:43 156 lbs.
Jason Reinhardt UFC 78 1st rnd. RNC @ 1:14 155 lbs.
Brandon Melendez TUF 5 Finale 2nd rnd. Triangle @ 2:09 157 lbs.
Douglas Brown WFL 6 1st rnd. Armbar @ 1:47 155 lbs.
Adam Comfort WFL 6 1st rnd. Achilles Lock @ 1:44 155 lbs.
Antoine Skinner CZ 12 1st rnd. Triangle @ 1:00 155 lbs.
Joe Ahlert MD 19 3rd rnd. RNC @ 3:47 155 lbs.
Ryan Ciotoli CZ 9 3rd rnd. Guillotine @ 0:34 155 lbs.
Mike Thomas Brown CZ 8 3rd rnd. RNC @ 2:14 155 lbs.
Justin Blasich MD 17 1st rnd. RNC @ 1:02 155 lbs.
Renat Myzabekov CZ 7 1st rnd. Ankle Lock @ 0:40 155 lbs.
Kyle Sprouse CZ 6 1st rnd. Heel Hook @ 0:26 158 lbs.
Jerry Mosquea MMA Eruption 1st rnd. Tap to Strikes @ 2:37 155 lbs.
David Gilrein MD 15 1st rnd. Armbar @ 3:42 155 lbs.
Which is your favorite Lauzon submission?
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