Joe Lauzon: Undeserved Win Feels Worse Than Getting Robbed on a Decision

Joe Lauzon is a unique animal. He’s not quiet about voicing his opinion… even when it doesn’t favor him.

That’s where Lauzon found himself after the judges awarded him a decision victory over Marcin Held at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix on Jan. 15, 2016.

Joe Lauzon UFC Phoenix PostYes, Lauzon always wants to get the W, but on that Sunday night that he got it, Lauzon felt like it was undeserved and it bothered him.

“I thought he won the fight,” said Lauzon. “I thought it sucked before when I thought I won the fight and I lost… this is worse. This sucks. It’s great I got the win money, but I 100-percent thought he won the fight.

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“I feel guilty. I feel bad about it because I was in his shoes last time.”

Lauzon even went so far as to say that he would lobby the UFC to keep Held on the roster.

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Mark De La Rosa Says Combate Americas Opponent Has ‘Padded Record’

Looking back on his 2016, bantamweight up and comer Mark De La Rosa is overall pleased with his year and what he was able to accomplish.

In two bouts, De La Rosa was able to pick up a submission win over Kashif Solarin in January, and then a unanimous decision against Arthur Olivera in April to remain undefeated in his first two years of fighting.

“It was a good year,” De La Rosa told MMAWeekly.com. “I learned a lot. I added a lot more different techniques and different styles to my game, so 2016 was a good year for me.”

While De La Rosa was able to display many aspects of his game, he feels he has yet to showcase his full potential in his fights.

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“I see a bunch of areas that I haven’t shown yet; a bunch of styles I haven’t shown yet,” he said. “I haven’t been able to perform to my full abilities. I’ve shown a lot of good techniques, but not my whole arsenal.

“My wrestling has gotten way-way better, my boxing has gotten better, my kickboxing has gotten better – everything is just clicking right now.”

For his first fight of the New Year, De La Rosa (7-0) makes his Combate Americas debut on Thursday in Mexico City, taking on Ivan Flores (8-0-1) in a main card 135-pound bout.

“I’m going up against another undefeated fighter, but I don’t think this guy has fought anybody nearly as good as I have,” said De La Rosa of Flores. “He has a padded record. I can win this fight standing, on the ground – anywhere – and get the finish.”

For De La Rosa, the goal in 2017 is simple, be as active as he can be and ensure his financial stability.

“My goal for each fight is to be impressive and make more money,” he said. “I always want to perform and test myself.”

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Get Your Popcorn Ready, 2017 is the Year of the Venezuelan Vixen!

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Hope Amanda Nunes hasn’t gotten too attached to the UFC women’s bantamweight title because 2017 has been declared the year of the Venezuelan Vixen, Julianna Pena.

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UFC Plans First Event for Buffalo in More Than Two Decades

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to return to New York for the fourth time since the state instituted sanctioning of professional mixed martial arts events in 2016. 

UFC 7 Fight PosterThe promotion revealed on Sunday that its UFC 210 pay-per-view event would take place on April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. 

While UFC 210 will be the promotion’s fourth visit to The Empire State in five months, it marks the first time in more than two decades that the Octagon will set down in Buffalo. The last time was for UFC 7: The Brawl in Buffalo. It would be the only time the UFC ran an event in New York until statewide sanctioning began in 2016.

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UFC 7 featured an eight-man tournament, which Marco Ruas won, as well as a Superfight Championship between Ken Shamrock and Oleg Taktarov, which ended in a draw. It took place on Sept. 8, 1995, at Memorial Auditorium.

UFC 210, however, was announced without any fights yet scheduled. Expect to see several bout announcements in the coming weeks.

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Amanda Nunes Was in a Panic Watching Girlfriend Nina Ansaroff Fight (UFC Phoenix video)

UFC bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes was cageside, cornering her girlfriend Nina Ansaroff at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix.

Despite Ansaroff defeating Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger for her first Octagon victory, Nunes afterward admitted that it was no easy task being cageside for her partner. In fact, Nunes was in a bit of a panic.

It’s not that Nunes didn’t have confidence in Ansaroff’s abilities. To the contrary, Nunes believes that Ansaroff has what it takes to become the UFC strawweight champion.

Her panic set in because of the “what if things don’t go as they should” idea.

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Yair Rodriguez: I Was Ready to Die to Beat BJ Penn (UFC Phoenix video)

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Yair Rodriguez, after dismantling UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, explained his outlook on the fight, and talked about whether it went the way he thought it would.

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