Away from the Cage, Lauzon Ahead of the Curve

By Yael Grauer Oct 8, 2011
Joe Lauzon (left) is into technology. | Photo: Joe Harrington

Joe Lauzon has prepared diligently for his featured matchup with lightweight contender Melvin Guillard at UFC 136 “Edgar vs. Maynard 3” this Saturday at the Toyota Center in Houston.

Away from the cage and the gym, Lauzon can often be found deep in his other pastime: playing video games, which he claims he manages to do for at least seven or eight hours a week, even during a fight camp. He has a dedicated game room with television sets, Xboxes, posters and various toys, including a Thor’s hammer, an Airsoft gun, a riot shield and a hatchet. An avid gamer, Lauzon eagerly awaits the release of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” due out in November, though he admits he will also probably be buying “Battlefield,” because players get to fly around in helicopters and fighter jets.

Lauzon is always on his iPhone, using a variety of apps -- HootSuite to update his Twitter and Facebook accounts and interact with friends and fans; Shazam to look for new music; AlienBlue and iReddit to browse Reddit; and both Dropbox and Evernote to sync information to his home laptop, gym computer and phone. He even has his own iPhone app, available for free.

“Basically, I’ve been using it to put out videos, whether it’s just answering questions from fans or showing technique stuff or video blogs or just random videos,” Lauzon told “Whenever I write on my blog, I post that on the app. Whenever I bump into anything I think is kind of cool ... I bumped into a video last week -- because I’m always online -- of this girl juggling five balls, laying on her back and juggling these balls with her hands and her feet and doing all these tricks, so I posted that on there.

“I have this section that’s just kind of random stuff on there, too, and then I have an MMA news section, so there’s a little bit of everything,” he added. “I feel like, no matter what you’re interested in, there’s something on there for you.”

Despite always being ahead of the curve in the world of technology, the computer science major points out that his training cuts into his video game time, not the other way around.


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