The lightweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Joe Lauzon has been rebooked for the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Austin, Texas, on June 18.
Multiple people who are aware of the plans for the promotion confirmed that the information was received by MMA Fighting Tuesday. Verbal agreements were also made with the athletes. ESPN.com first reported the news.
Cerrone and Lauzon were scheduled to clash this past Saturday night at UFC 274 but the bout was scratched just hours before it was set to take place. Cerrone was ill with food poisoning, which caused him vomiting and made it impossible for him to eat. He was eventually forced to cancel the card.
Cerrone issued a statement afterward explaining his desire to rebook the fight with Lauzon while also targeting two more bouts before retirement.
” I have 48 fights with Zuffa,” said he. “I am sad that my 49th was not available to me and I can’t put on a show. My number is 50, gentleman. When I reach 50., I will retire. Two more UFC fights for me. Thank you Dana White and Joe Lauzon, for not taking the fight with a sick Cowboy. Do you want a healthy and strong motherf *****.?
“So we’ll meet again. Cowboy has two fights under Zuffa, as I mentioned. I want 50 fighting then I’m bowing, guys. I will be stronger than ever and ready to conquer the world. Let’s go.”
Cerrone finally got what he wanted with the fight against Lauzon scheduled for Austin’s upcoming card. It will be headlined by the featherweight fight between Calvin Kattar, and Josh Emmett.