UFC Austin: Joe Lauzon Had Inkling April 30 Date with Cowboy Would Fall Through

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It wasn’t agelong aft their April gathering had been scrapped that Joe Lauzon had a caller day for his combat with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

“Right away, they were talking astir this date. I didn’t cognize if it was going to work; Cowboy had a movie happening helium was doing successful Thailand, and worldly similar that,” Lauzon (28-15) recalled during this week’s UFC Austin media day. “I thought it wasn’t going to work, but helium said he’d marque it work, and helium made it work.”

As is well-known by now, Cerrone pulled retired of the combat past infinitesimal owed to a bout of nutrient poisoning, which may oregon whitethorn not person been the effect of immoderate iffy thoroughfare tacos. Within days, Cerrone himself had called Lauzon to connection the June 18th date, contempt a imaginable scheduling conflict.

“I beryllium you the fight, I got you, I’ll beryllium there,” Lauzon remembers Cerrone saying. “And past helium went and did the movie anyway.”

Movie oregon not, Cerrone is successful Austin and hopefully avoiding immoderate questionable foodstuffs. In the meantime, Lauzon revealed that helium had an inkling each on that their April 30 day wouldn’t hold.

“All week, going backmost similar a period before, 2 months earlier maybe, I kept telling everyone I had a feeling the combat was not going to happen,” said Lauzon. “I don’t cognize why, I didn’t cognize if it was going to beryllium COVID-related, didn’t cognize why, just, ‘I consciousness similar it’s not going to happen.’ I cognize if he’s got a breached leg, helium volition amusement up and helium volition effort to fight, but I conscionable had a feeling it wasn’t going to happen.”

That feeling was inactive dogging Lauzon astatine the ceremonial weigh-ins backmost successful April. “I’ve ne'er been paranoid similar that ever before, I’ve ne'er had a feeling similar this before, I’ve ne'er truly dealt with that before. But I felt similar the combat wasn’t going to happen.”

His contiguous reaction? Lauzon admits to crying, and reasoning “This is not however I privation to be. This is not however I privation this to go.”

At slightest this clip around, helium doesn’t person a atrocious feeling heading into the fight. “I don’t. I deliberation it’s going to hap this time. We’ll see. We’re not determination yet.”

Watch the afloat UFC Austin media time quality by Joe Lauzon above. The lawsuit takes spot this Saturday, June 18 astatine the Moody Center successful Austin, Texas.