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Donald Cerrone throws a punch at Niko Price at UFC Vegas 11 in September 2020.

Donald Cerrone plans to stay at lightweight, hopes to rebook Joe Lauzon fight in the future

Donald Cerrone isn’t one to think his fight against Joe Lauzon is cursed.

Cerrone and Lauzon were booked at UFC 274 in May and unfortunately on the morning of the event, ‘Cowboy’ fell ill and the fight was called off. Shortly thereafter, the promotion rebooked the fight for UFC Austin, and once again on the morning of the fight, the scrap was called off, this time due to Lauzon as his knee locked and he couldn’t walk.

After the fight was canceled again, Dana White said he wouldn’t rebook the fight but for Cerrone he says he still wants to fight Lauzon before his career is up.

“Joe texted me and said, sorry, brother. I can’t stand on my leg,’and I was like, well, we’re (1-1) now, ain’t we?’” Cerrone told ESPN. “Joe is a game dude, so it’s not like he’s making something up. I know Joe just wouldn’t pull anything, so heal up brother, and we’ll make it happen one day… Of course (I’d like that fight). I don’t know what’s wrong with his knee or how long it’s going to take, but we’re already in the talks. We’ll hear real soon.”

Although many have thought the cut down to lightweight is a hard one for Donald Cerrone, Cowboy says the plan is to remain at lightweight but he has been offered another fight to make a quick turnaround.

“They offered me one (fight) really soon, and I said, we’re going to have to talk about a catchweight for sure. I’ve shown I can make the weight back-to-back, so it’s not the weight. So we’ll see,” Cerrone concluded.

Cerrone is currently on a six-fight winless streak and hasn’t fought since May of 2021 when he suffered a TKO loss to Alex Morono. On the winless streak, he has TKO losses to Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, and Conor McGregor while he dropped a decision to Anthony Pettis and a No Contest to Niko Price.

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Cole Shelton
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