Joe Lauzon Dealing with Heavy Scar Tissue Following Fight of the Night Winner From UFC 155
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.10.2013
Lauzon has to be careful in the gym...
MMAjunkie Radio recently had on UFC fighter Joe Lauzon as a guest and he gave an update on the status of the healing of his injuries after his acclaimed Fight of the Night performance against Joe Miller at UFC 155 where he lost by decision. Here are some highlights:
Regarding his injuries and scar tissue from the Miller fight as the result of some elbow strikes early in the fight: "There was like a big raised ridge underneath there just full of scar tissue. The big thing is that I'm paranoid – really paranoid – that I'm going to start training again, and if all that scar tissue is still there, I'll make it to the end of camp, and I'll take a shot. It'll open it up again, or it'll open up right at the beginning of when I fight again. So I made a decision to take it a little slower."
Lauzon on his work with his physical therapist john Pallof who uses the Graston Technique to help with Lauzon's injury: "Basically he takes a metal tool and digs at the scar tissue to break it all up. So I can legit feel all the scar tissue breaking up and getting smaller and smaller. It's super painful, but I've basically been doing that. But I can only do it once a week. You can basically aggravate the crap out of it, break it all up, and then you need a couple days off to rest and stuff. So it's a little slow going."
Lauzon on having to be careful with the scar tissue when he goes back to work in the gym: "I've been in the gym, but I really don't trust my forehead at all and don't want to risk opening it up. One accidental headbutt or accidental elbow could make it all swell up and cut open."
Lauzon on the fight with Miller: "The big thing that kills me is, how could that fight have been different if I hadn't got caught? It was basically one combination that Jim threw. He threw a bunch of elbows in a row – one quick little flurry right at the beginning of the first (round). That's what opened up the cut. So the big thing that really gets at me is what would have happened in that fight if I slipped that combination or did something just a little different? That's kind of the part that gets to me. But I'm glad people enjoyed the fight. I always said I'd rather lose a good fight than win a super-boring one. I always say that, and I still stand by that."