UFC 155: Joe Lauzon Must Have Big 2013 to Remain in UFC

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IDecember 30, 2012

Dec 29, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jim Miller (top) and Joe Lauzon (bottom) lock up during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Joe Lauzon's latest loss at the hands of Jim Miller in UFC 155 has left Lauzon in desperate need of a big year in 2013 if he wants to keep his job in president Dana White's company.

Lauzon's last loss of the 2012 campaign was a result of a unanimous decision, but that doesn't begin to describe just how exciting this fight truly was.

Lauzon was pummeled by Miller in the first round, opening up a huge cut on Lauzon's eye. But that wasn't enough to deter Lauzon, by any means, and he came out firing in the second round to make this a fight.

However, Miller was able to maintain control of the fight, and that landed him a victory over Lauzon. There's no doubt this incredibly exciting fight will go a long way toward keeping Lauzon in the UFC, but for how long?

The 28-year-old fighter has lost two of his last three fights, and even his last two wins haven't been all that impressive. Those two wins came against the likes of Melvin Guillard—who isn't beating anybody nowadays—and Jamie Varner, who just beat Guillard at UFC 155.

Not exactly top-notch victories for Lauzon, and he remains inconsistent at best in the Octagon.

But as I mentioned before, Lauzon will no doubt keep his job for another year.

He is still one of the more exciting fighters in the sport, and his heart is clearly second to none after UFC 155. Now all he has to do is use those qualities and string together consecutive wins to regain his position in the weight class.

Lauzon fought three bouts in 2012 and could do the same in 2013. If he wants a future in the UFC, Lauzon must run the table on those fights or any amount of fights he sees next year. Inconsistency and losing will never be tolerated in the UFC, and Lauzon is quickly approaching that distinction.

Now that Strikeforce fighters are beginning to enter the Octagon, there will be many more fighters in the mix, and that could mean less jobs for all fighters in the sport. That is just all the more reason why Lauzon desperately needs to shine in 2013 in order to stay and become a title contender.