(Props to ShockBlastMedia for the vid. KO comes at 1:36)
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Dan Lauzon; his last run in the UFC saw him get Toby-Imada’d by Cole Miller and outpointed in a snoozefest by TUF 8 winner Efrain Escudero. All of this came amidst a falling out with his older brother, UFC lightweight contender Joe Lauzon, who spoke out about Dan’s lack of motivation and desire to train. Well, it seems that Dan has finally begun to heed the advice of his big bro, because he’s rattled off four consecutive wins, all by stoppage, since being released by Zuffa over a year ago. Or, it could just be that he’s fighting people way, way below his level, as is the case in the above video.
And that sacrificial lamb was 4-5 fighter Anthony “Violence” Kaponis, whom you may remember as one of the more recent victims of CP certified badass Nick Newell. Living up to his extremely vague nickname, Kaponis was indeed involved in some violence, but I’m not sure if this is what he had in mind when he chose the moniker whilst listening to his favorite Nothingface record.
Anyway, let’s get to the fight, which went down last Saturday at Premiere FC 7. Though the video is a little shaky, it appears that a series of Lauzon right hooks are what does Kaponis in. But what’s really interesting (read: disturbing) is when the camera holds on Kaponis after he is knocked out. Aside from striking up a classic planking pose, Kaponis’ toes begin to twitch and spasm like his feet were on fire and each one was trying to run in a different direction. Gruesome stuff. Don’t worry, Kaponis did in fact recover and left the ring on his own power a few minutes later. Congrats to Lauzon for the win, but if he wants back in the UFC, it’s time to stop following the path that Jason Reinhardt took.