UFC News: Joe Lauzon Posts Photo Collage of Face Healing After Jim Miller Fight

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IJanuary 7, 2013

Dec 29, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Joe Lauzon during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After dialing in a late 2012 candidate for "Fight of the Year" against Jim Miller at UFC 155, the submission specialist has a long road to recovery ahead of him after the bloody and brutal matchup. 

Luckily for fight fans, he doesn't mind documenting the process via his Twitter and Instagram page. 

On Instagram, "J-Lau" posted a photo collage of his face from the time he got 40 stitches right after the fight, up until Sunday morning. 

While certain scratches and bruises have healed considerably, the stitches above his right eye and the bruising underneath both eyes remain pretty noticeable. 

The large gash over his right eye was opened up within a minute of his matchup with Miller, but Lauzon showed an incredible amount of heart by battling back in Round 2 and Round 3—nearly pulling off a miracle submission at the end of the fight. 

Interestingly, the Nevada State Athletic Commission only gave Lauzon a medical suspension that lasts until Feb. 28, not being cleared for contact until Feb. 13.

If his brawl with Miller was a little too reminiscent of a horror movie for your taste, he is also getting strong consideration for "Fight of the Year" with his high-paced, grapple-heavy affair with Jamie Varner at UFC on FOX 4 in August. 

Lauzon ended up winning that bout in Round 3 via triangle choke, after going back-and-forth with the former WEC lightweight champion for the majority of the match up. 

In 30 professional fights, Lauzon has only seen the judge's scorecards determine the winner twice.

Additionally, In 13 fights under the UFC banner, the Massachusetts native has earned an impressive 11 "Fight Night" bonuses.