Joe Lauzon Out of UFC Austin, Fight with Cowboy Cerrone Off Again

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Joe Lauzon, UFC 274 official weigh-in Credit: Eddie Law/Cageside Press

The lightweight scrap between Joe Lauzon and Cowboy Cerrone is off tonight’s UFC Austin card, the second time the bout has fallen through in recent months.

Maybe it’s cursed?

While last time out, it was Cerrone suffering a bad case of food poisoning, this time, a Lauzon ailment is to blame.

Lauzon, who skipped the ceremonial weigh-in, released a video to social media Saturday explaining why he had to pull out of the anticipated fight with fellow legend Cerrone.

“So, I’m not fighting Cowboy Cerrone tonight,” Lauzon stated in the video, posted to his verified Instagram profile. “The freakiest, weirdest thing ever. I weigh in officially, everything’s fine, I go to sit down in the chairs where all the fighters are, and I go to put my socks on, because I have flip-flops on, so I have to put socks on. I turn my knee out, and my knee locks.”

“I’ve dealt with meniscus injuries on both knees, but this knee in particular, for years and years, I’ve had it cleaned out a whole bunch of times. But when it does lock up, usually I’m able to straighten it out, it unlocks, totally fine 100% immediately.” There was no such luck for Lauzon this time, however. “This time I’m now surrounded by all the fighters, the commission, Cowboy’s in the room, I’m trying to not make a scene and let people know I’ve got a problem with my knee. So I sit there a couple minutes and eventually I hopped on one of my cornerman’s backs, jumped on Frank’s back acting like I’m choking him, like we’re being funny, but I couldn’t stand, couldn’t walk at all at that point.”

Attempts to unlock the knee, through stretching, soaking it, even an injection to numb it, all failed, even after having UFC PI experts work on it for hours.

The end result? Cerrone vs. Lauzon is off for the second time. It remains to be seen if the UFC will attempt to book the match-up for a third occasion.