At one point in time, now retired Canadian veteran Jason MacDonald was known at “The Ultimate Fighter” killer. However, Joe Lauzon could soon steal that title for himself.

After defeating “TUF 6? winner Mac Danzig in his most recent trip the octagon, Lauzon (23-9 MMA, 10-6 UFC) will next meet Michael Chiesa (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who is season 15 champion of the long-running reality series.

The two lightweights are scheduled to collide at UFC Fight Night 50, which goes down Sept. 5 from Ledyard’s Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following preliminary-card action on the same channel and UFC Fight Pass.

Lauzon himself was once a contestant on the show, but he came up short among a loaded cast on “TUF 5,” which eventually saw Nate Diaz earn the coveted six-figure UFC contract.

The 30-year-old has a lot of pride in his season and believes it was one of, if not the best to date. Whether that’s true is up for debate, but Lauzon feels every time he defeats a champion from another season, it further elevates the status of his own.

“I just beat Mac Danzig who won ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ at 170,” Lauzon told MMAjunkie Radio. “Chiesa won ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ at 155. I tell people all the time, my season, Season 5, we had the best guys, period. You could argue maybe Season 1 was good too, they had a lot of studs, but Season 5 of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ was supreme.

“They gave me a list of a couple guys, and Chiesa was one of the guys. I thought, ‘I just beat a guy who won ‘TUF,’ let’s get another one and establish our season as the best.”

Lauzon has been a member of the UFC roster since his stunning upset of Jens Pulver in his promotional debut in 2006. He has fought some of the best the 155-pound division has to offer from champion Anthony Pettis to veteran competitors like Jim Miller, Michael Johnson, Melvin Guillard and Jamie Varner.

Chiesa isn’t quite as established as those names at this point in his career, but according to Lauzon, that doesn’t matter in the slightest. “J-Lau” says he respects every opponent the UFC pits him against, and he believes whether they have one or 100 UFC fights, he’ll be efficiently prepared to compete at his best.

“I’ve been fighting a lot time,” Lauzon said. “I think I’ve had 15 fights in the UFC and like 30-something fights in general. I’m confident that whoever they put across from me I can have a good game plan to beat them and prepare for them and get to work.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 50, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Michelle Waterson's UFC debut set vs. Angela Magana at July's TUF 21 Finale

  • 26 days ago
  • 24 views

Former Invicta FC atomweight titleholder Michelle Waterson will move up in weight to the UFC women’s strawweight division and make her octagon debut against Angela Magana at the TUF 21 Finale on July read news >>

Michelle Waterson vs. Angela Magana Added to TUF 21 Finale

  • 26 days ago
  • 33 views

Newly signed UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson will make her promotional debut at the Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale, officials announced late Wednesday evening. read news >>

The Ultimate Fighter 21 live discussion: Episode 2

  • 26 days ago
  • 16 views

Tonight, we have you covered for live coverage of episode 2 of The Ultimate Fighter. TUF: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians airs tonight at 10 pm on Fox Sports 1. Join us here for live discussion. Y read news >>

TUF 1 alum Jason Thacker, 'Strange Brew,' posts video thanking MMA community for its support

  • 26 days ago
  • 17 views

Jason Thacker, the tragic figure of TUF 1 who last month was profiled in a stunning piece by MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall, posted a video Wednesday thanking the MMA community for its support. " read news >>

TUF 21 results, recap (Ep. 2) for 'ATT vs. Blackzilians'

  • 26 days ago
  • 110 views

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 returns to FOX Sports 1 later tonight (Weds., April 29, 2015) featuring episode two of the combat sports reality show, pitting American Top Team (ATT) against Blackzilia read news >>

Beyond the Octagon, part 2: TUF runner-up Wang Sai, Marlon Sandro, Hiroyuki Takaya, and "Ninja" Roberts

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

In part 2 of this week's BtO, Marlon Sandro travels back to Japan to face prospect Isao Kobayashi, UFC vet Daniel Roberts looks to get back in the win column, and TUF: China runner-up Wang Sai embark read news >>

Steve Bosse drops to middleweight, meets Thiago Santos at TUF: Brazil 4 Finale

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

Steve Bosse will finally make his UFC debut in June. The Canadian fighter, who stepped in as a ‘plan B’ for Quinton Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado at UFC 186, is now set to face Thiago Santos at The Ult read news >>

Steve Bosse vs. Thiago Santos added to TUF: Brazil Finale in Sao Paulo

  • 27 days ago
  • 7 views

Steve Bosse will make his UFC debut after all, and in hostile territory, as he takes on Thiago 'Marreta' Santos in Sao Paulo at the TUF: Brazil Finale. Just as he was promised, Steve Bosse got anothe read news >>

Beyond the Octagon, part 1: TUF runners-up square off, plus UFC vets Jason Brilz and Drew McFedries return

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

In part 1 of this week's BtO, TUF runners-up Andre Winner and Colin Fletcher throw down, Drew "The Massacre" McFedries returns to competition, plus action from Jason Brilz, Tony Lopez, and TUF 9 alum read news >>