As one of the UFC’s greatest action heroes, Joe Lauzon has always fought with what appears to be a reckless fearlessness. It’s almost as if he doesn’t have a care in the world when he’s in the octagon, and that may be because when he’s fighting, he doesn’t have to deal with anything else but that.
“After everything we’ve been through with Joey and everything else, I think fighting’s kind of easy in comparison,” Lauzon said, referring to the cancer scare he and his wife, Katie, went through with their son. “It sucks sometimes, and training is kind of a grind, but it’s all small potatoes. It’s so much easier doing that kind of stuff, stuff that I have control over.”
In the lead-up to Lauzon’s highly anticipated rematch with Jim Miller in Vancouver this Saturday, the East Bridgewater, Mass., native has continued to enjoy his time with Joey, two and a half years old and cancer-free. That doesn’t mean the lightweight veteran has forgotten what it took to get to this point, so he’s been preparing Team Joey for their annual Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 25.
“If it wasn’t for the Jimmy Fund, I don’t think Joey would be here, I really don’t,” Lauzon said. “They helped us so much, and it’s not like, ‘Oh, we’re good, screw everyone else.’ We can’t forget about it, and we should keep it going and there are other kids that this is gonna help. The Jimmy Fund was awesome to us, so we try to pay it forward and keep it going. It’s one of those things you just feel really good doing. And everyone says that every year.”
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