UFC on Fox turned out to be a marquee fight card, not only for the organization, but for Joe Lauzon especially.
Each winner of the four main card fights won in their own trademark style. Mike Swick came back with a fan-friendly knockout. Lyoto Machida gave an elusive performance punctuated by a quick and understated KO. And Mauricio Shogun Rua fought another eye-popping war of attrition, this time winning by TKO.
But the picture perfect performance of the night was Lauzon's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu clinic against a very game opponent in Jamie Varner.
Through three rounds, Bridgewater, Massachusetts' "J-Lau" showed the beauty and effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu positioning, mixed with a healthy dose of MMA striking. He transitioned seamlessly from attack to attack until Varner simply fell one step behind.
No doubt, Varner was in this fight from the beginning, dropping Lauzon twice along the way to fight of the night honors. But the obvious difference was in Lauzon's Jiu Jitsu, which additionally earned him the submission of the night award.