October 5, 2022

Joe Lauzon has been within the UFC for 16 years and he’s seen the perfect the game has to supply.

On Saturday night time at UFC 274, the 37-year-old takes on the legendary Donald Cerrone, a person who holds a number of all-time data within the UFC, most notably for wins contained in the octagon.

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Lauzon has been competing in UFC for 16 years now

Nonetheless, Cerrone isn’t one of the best of the lot, not in line with Lauzon.

When talkSPORT requested who he thinks the best UFC light-weight of all-time is, even the legendary Khabib Nurmagomedov was not his best choice.

“BJ Penn. All the time, all the time, all the time. I believe BJ is one of the best. I perceive Khabib did nice and he was undefeated, however to me, it’s simply BJ,” Lauzon defined.

“He was the primary man with superb ju-jitsu, good offensive and defensive wrestling, nice putting – might crack with each palms – and he’s working for governor proper now which is form of good [laughs]. It’d sound loopy however I believe he’s bought a shot at profitable too.

“BJ was my coach on The Final Fighter. I went down and educated with him for six months on and off again in 2007. We had been working round with Penn for governor shirts on and I assumed it was this large joke! Now right here we’re in 2022 and he’s really doing it – bananas.”

Lauzon says BJ Penn has the accolades to be considered the lightweight GOAT

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Lauzon says BJ Penn has the accolades to be thought-about the light-weight GOAT

Khabib retired 29-0 and defeated names like Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje as champion.

Nonetheless, The Eagle did pull out of some fights down the years and that’s one of many causes Lauzon thinks Penn deserves the excellence.

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“I believe BJ is the GOAT. Khabib was an enormous light-weight. He lower down and he pulled out of a whole lot of fights as a result of he couldn’t make weight and issues like that. 

“So I perceive it’s an ideal file, however there’s additionally some issues the place he didn’t present up when he was planning to point out up. 

Khabib retired in 2020

Khabib retired in 2020

“BJ however, he fought Lyoto Machida at heavyweight. How insane is that? He beat Matt Hughes and received the welterweight title. He fought GSP a few instances. 

“He positively has had his fair proportion of unhealthy stuff that has occurred after the very fact, however as far if we’re speaking light-weight GOATS, I believe it’s BJ Penn and nobody else,” he concluded.

Lauzon’s opponent, Cerrone, has been within the UFC for 11 years himself, however the two have by no means crossed paths till now.

UFC tried to make this struggle earlier this 12 months and as soon as all the things lined up, Lauzon was all in.

Lauzon is 28-15 in his MMA career

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Lauzon is 28-15 in his MMA profession

“It’s a little bit bit bizarre that we by no means crossed paths, however the timing is so totally different,” Lauzon mentioned. “I believe he usually wished fast turnovers and fast fights and I all the time need to have a little bit bit extra time for fights. It’s simply generally you don’t stumble upon somebody. However, right here we’re, I believe it’s going to be an amazing struggle. Lengthy overdue, for certain.

“I mentioned I wanted to love the date, the title and the placement. I would like to love all three. If I didn’t like all three, I wasn’t going to do it. 

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“Then, again within the first week of February, they requested me to struggle on March 8. I’m like ‘Look, I just like the opponent. I like that it’s someplace in the US, however it’s too brief. I’m not going to do it March 8.’

Cerrone shares the record of the most wins in UFC history at 23

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Cerrone shares the file of probably the most wins in UFC historical past at 23

“They’re like ‘Donald actually needs to struggle that day.’ That’s effective, I’m simply not your man if that’s the case. I’m not going to be pressured, it has to make sense for me.

“Then they got here again a few days later like ‘alright, we’ll do it a pair dates later.’ 

“April 30 was the primary one however that was going to be on the APEX and we weren’t pleased about that. So it bought pushed to Could 7 in Phoenix which goes to be nice. In entrance of a reside crowd; a lot, significantly better.”