Joe Lauzon once again missed his chance to fight Donald Cerrone, but the good news is that the health issue that caused him to pull out of UFC Austin turned out to be a scare.
The UFC announced on Saturday that the Lauzon vs. Cerrone co-main event has been canceled after Lauzon suffered a mysterious knee injury. Lauzon was absent from Friday’s weigh-in ceremonies and later explained that his knee had locked up earlier in the day during the official weigh-ins as he put on socks after stepping off the scale. It was the second time the fight was canceled after Cerrone was kicked out of UFC 274 due to his own health scare.
On Saturday evening, Lauzon provided an update on his condition via Instagram, showing that he has recovered.
“So you can’t make this up, but my knee is working again,” Lauzon said. “Someone sent me a video maybe an hour ago on Instagram about like, ‘This looks like something I’m handling with my knee. You should watch this video.’ And it was 100% everything was exactly the problem I had.
“It was called a ‘tib-fib dislocation’. So basically my leg bones were dislocated. That’s why we couldn’t get it back. So I did the exercise in the video and he came back. It’s crazy. My leg is working perfectly. I’m able to jump, walk, jump. I literally couldn’t put on socks, couldn’t lift my foot off the bed, couldn’t stand , i couldn’t put any weight on it, i couldn’t do anything the last day and a half, i had to try to hobble and i couldn’t even hop on one foot because i couldn’t stand my foot shaking. It was horrible.
The originally scheduled UFC Austin co-main event featured two of the lightweight division stalwarts with Cerrone making his 38th UFC appearance and Lauzon making his 28th.
Lauzon was hoping that once he recovered, there was still a way to add the fight back to Saturday’s lineup.
“I wish I had this video yesterday or this morning before our fight was canceled. We contacted the UFC, we tried to do it, to see if Cowboy was still there, we could still fight. But it It was too late. I think he’s in the fights, but the UFC said we couldn’t do it, so that sucks.
“Sorry once again to everyone, this whole situation sucks. I don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ll see.”