Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Joe Lauzon will not be warned a third time.
That’s the message from UFC President Dana White, who confirmed the promotion would move on after the match after Lauzon suffered a knee injury that forced him to pull out of the fight with Cerrone just hours before. the start of UFC Austin.
The first time was Cerrone, who fell ill before UFC 274 and ultimately called off the matchup against Lauzon.
“This thing is getting like Tony [Ferguson] and Khabib [Nurmagomedov]White said at the UFC Austin post-fight press conference. “No, I won’t be booking this fight again.”
That’s bad news for Cerrone and Lauzon, who were both excited about the match as they combined for 33 post-fight bonuses between them in their storied careers.
According to Cerrone, he actually found out the fight was canceled from a text message he received from Lauzon who told him about the problem he had with his knee, which happened for the first time. times after Friday’s weigh-ins.
“It’s a crazy sport we’re in, and you just have to go with the punches,” Cerrone said on the UFC Austin post-fight show. “Joe, I know he’s a game guy. It’s not like he’s making anything up. I said Joe, I know you wouldn’t do anything, so heal yourself bro, and we will get there one day.
Judging by White’s comments, Cerrone shouldn’t be too excited to see Lauzon walk through the octagon, although he could try to book a fight on an upcoming card if the UFC can make it easier. .
“They’re already in talks to come here very soon,” Cerrone revealed. “They offered me one very soon, and I said we’ll definitely have to talk about a catchweight. I showed that I could do the weight back to back. It’s not the weight. So we’ll see.
“I’m going to talk to [UFC matchmaker] Sean [Shelby] here tonight and we’re going to find out. I’m sure you’ll see me in the next few weeks.
White confirmed the same in Cerrone’s next fight, saying the veteran lightweight won’t be able to drop back down to 155 pounds so soon after making the cut in May and June.
“He just cut that weight yesterday,” White said. “We wanted to see if he wanted to fight in July. He doesn’t want to lose any more weight so he won’t fight in July. We’ll find something else for him.
Cerrone wants to compete twice more before calling it a career with more than 50 fights on his resume dating back to his MMA debut in 2006.