“This thing is getting like Tony and Khabib”

“This thing is getting like Tony and Khabib”

AUSTIN, Texas — Fans eager to see Donald Cerrone take on Joe Lauzon will likely be disappointed.

The highly anticipated bout between the two lightweight veterans will not get a third booking after multiple cancellations on the day of the fight. Cerrone (36-16 MMA, 23-13 UFC) and Lauzon (28-15 MMA, 15-12 UFC) were scheduled to compete in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN 37 on Saturday. However, Lauzon was forced to stand pull out of the fight as his left knee locked on him after the official weigh-ins, rendering him unable to walk.

It was the second time the fight had to be called off. They were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 274 in May, but Cerrone fell ill the morning of the day of the fight with suspected food poisoning.

It looks like UFC President Dana White has seen enough and will walk away from the fight.

“This thing is becoming like Tony (Ferguson) and Khabib (Nurmagomedov),” White told MMA Junkie and other UFC reporters during the ESPN 37 post-fight press conference. I won’t book this fight again.”

Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov, of course, is one of the most notorious “not meant to be” fights in UFC history. The two fighters have faced each other five times – and five times the fight has failed. In the end, it never ended up happening.

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Lauzon revealed after Saturday’s cancellation that he potentially had a dislocated knee. The exact nature of his injury is uncertain and his return to the octagon is unknown.

But as far as Cerrone is concerned, the UFC is already discussing options and looking to get him to fight in the coming months. Cerrone attended the event on Saturday as a fan. One thing is certain, Cerrone is not looking for a quick turnaround and will not fight in July.

“He just cut that weight yesterday,” White said. “We sat down and wanted to see if he wanted to fight in July, but he doesn’t want to lose any more weight so he won’t be fighting in July. We will find something else with him.

Cerrone, who shares the record for most wins in UFC history, looked to snap the worst losing slip of his career. The 39-year-old is on a six-fight winless streak that includes five losses (four to the finish) and one no contest. Cerrone’s most recent win came in May 2019 when he edged Al Iaquinta for a unanimous decision.

Lauzon was looking to return for his first fight since an October 2019 first-round TKO of Jonathan Pearce in front of a hometown Boston crowd.

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