UFC fans will have to wait a little longer to see the match-up between Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Lauzon will no longer be able to compete in Saturday’s co-main event of Saturday’s UFC Austin fight card due to health issues. Ariel Helwanic was the first to report the cancellation of the match.
Welterweights Tim Means and Kevin Holland will now compete in the co-main event, while a bantamweight bout between Adrian Yanez and Tony Kelley, originally slated to cap the preliminary portion of the lineup, has been promoted to the main card opener.
Only Cerrone appeared at Friday’s ceremonial weigh-ins after Lauzon suffered from cramps following Friday morning’s official weigh-in, which was announced by the UFC.
The pairing between veteran bonus collectors was originally supposed to take place during the May UFC 274 event, but Cerrone was forced to withdraw the day from the card due to an illness.
Lauzon would return to action for the first time since a memorable first-round TKO win over Jonathan Pearce in his hometown of Boston in October 2019, causing a three-fight slip.
Cerrone has been out since May 2021, when he suffered a knockout loss to Alex Morono, lowering his record 0-5 no-game in the past six UFC appearances.
No word on whether the fight will be rescheduled for a future UFC event.