Marcin Held Believes Joe Lauzon Is A Step Up In Competition


Bellator MMA veteran Marcin Held will be competing for the second time in the UFC this Sunday Night at UFC Fight Night 103. Held made his debut in a unanimous decision loss to Diego Sanchez, but Held believes his next opponent in Joe Lauzon is a step up in competition.

“I came here to fight with the good fighters,” Held told MMA Junkie. “I’m really happy the UFC gave me this fight with Joe Lauzon. I know he’s really good. I think he’s even better than Diego Sanchez. I think I should win the fight because it will be a good (test) this time.”

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Held, who is hoping to pick up his first UFC win on Sunday Night, is still disappointed with his UFC debut fight a few months back.

“I was disappointed (with my UFC debut),” Held said. “I felt that I’m better than him but I lost it. I think it was my own wish. I had not enough cardio because of the high altitude (in Mexico City), but that’s only one reason. I think even with this (cardio) problem I would have won if I fought differently. Take him down, stay on top, stay on the ground. I should have fought standup more. I should have done it different, but this time I’m not going to (make) this mistake again. It’s a good lesson for me.”

UFC Fight Night 103 takes place on Sunday, January 15 from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona with Yair Rodriguez and BJ Penn headlining.

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