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Donald Cerrone vs. Joe Lauzon UFC Austin late scratch

UFC fans will have to wait a little longer to see the match between Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon.

Several people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans have confirmed to MMA Fighting that due to health issues, Lauzon will no longer be able to compete in the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC Austin fight card. Ariel Helwani was the first to report the fight being cancelled.

Welterweights Tim Means and Kevin Holland will now take part in the co-main event, while a bantamweight bout between Adrian Yanez and Tony Kelley originally scheduled to close out the preliminary part of training has been promoted to opener. main board.

Only Cerrone appeared at Friday’s weigh-in after Lauzon cramped up after Friday morning’s official weigh-in, which was announced by the UFC.

The pairing between the veteran bonus collectors was originally scheduled to take place at May’s UFC 274 event, but Cerrone was forced to pull the day from the card due to illness.

Lauzon was set to return to action for the first time since a memorable first-round TKO victory over Jonathan Pearce in his hometown of Boston in October 2019, which snapped a three-fight skid.

Cerrone has been out of action since May 2021 when he suffered a knockout loss to Alex Morono, who dropped his record to 0-5 with a no contest in his last six UFC appearances.

No word on whether the fight will be rescheduled again for a future UFC event.