As reported yesterday here at Caged Insider, 2014 been a bad year for injuries in the UFC, as no less than ten different UFC main events have been cancelled due to medical reasons.
The most recent, of course, was UFC 180, which lost its headline bout on Monday as Cain Velasquez was forced to step aside due to a knee injury.
Well, the year — and the week — isn’t over yet…
Joe Lauzon, whose lightweight bout with Diego Sanchez was another of the event’s most eagerly anticipated, has also been forced to bow out of UFC 180. His reasons have not yet been revealed.
FOX Sports confirms that no replacement has been named for Lauzon (seen above in a face off with Mac Danzig prior to a 2013 bout). However, at least one member of MMA media has reported that Lauzon’s brother Danny has offered to fight Sanchez:
Breaking news, Joe Lauzon is out against Sanchez. His brother Danny has offered himself as a replacement. Love it!
— Spencer Lazara (@SpencerLazara) October 23, 2014
Should a replacement be found, it will represent the third opponent to be scheduled to face Sanchez at UFC 180.
Lauzon himself was a replacement for Norman Parke, who was originally set to face Sanchez in a battle of The Ultimate Fighter winners. Earlier this month, Parke was forced to pull out of the bout due to a knee injury.
UFC 180 will take place November 15 at Arena Mexico in Mexico City.