JOE LAUZON SET TO FACE AL IAQUINTA AT UFC 183

After a scheduled fight with Diego Sanchez at UFC 180 was scrapped, due to Sanchez sustaining a rib injury, Joe Lauzon (24-9) steps back into the Octagon to face the rising lightweight prospect Al Iaquinta (10-3-1) at UFC 183, which takes place on January 31st 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which is headlined by a middleweight clash between Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva.

Before the scheduled clash with Sanchez was scrapped, Lauzon was on a 2-fight winning streak, most recently defeated Michael Chiesa back in September, and before that gaining a decision win over Mac Danzig last December.

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Iaquinta, who is an Ultimate Fighter finalist, is coming off of the biggest win of his career with his TKO victory over British banger Ross Pearson, a fight where he was widely considered the underdog, the Serra- Longo product surprised the MMA world when he viciously stopped Pearson in the 2nd round of their November clash in Sydney, Australia.

5-1 in his last 6 fights, another high profile win over stalwart Joe Lauzon could see Iaquinta break into the top 15 of the lightweight division. 

By John Carlin