UFC’s year-end card has added a bout between two of the
lightweight division’s top talents, as Gray
Maynard will lock horns with Joe Lauzon on
Promotion officials on Monday announced that Maynard and Lauzon had
verbally agreed to the pairing, which will take place in Las Vegas
UFC 155. A venue for the event, which is expected to include a
heavyweight title rematch between Junior dos
Santos and Cain
Velasquez, has yet to be announced.
Lauzon is coming off a memorable third-round submission victory
over Jamie Varner
on Fox 4, a bout that ranks among the best of 2012. The
Massachusetts native earned both “Fight of the Night” and
“Submission of the Night” honors for his efforts, giving him 11
post-fight bonuses in his UFC career. “J-Lau” has won three of his
last four fights overall, with his only loss coming to Anthony
Pettis during that time.
After twice failing to wrest the lightweight crown from Frankie
Edgar in 2011, Maynard got back in the win column with a
split-decision triumph over Clay Guida at
UFC on FX 4 in June. “The Bully” also owns notable victories
over Edgar, Kenny
Florian, Nate Diaz and
Miller during his UFC career.