UFC 78: Joe Lauzon likely to return to action in November

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Joe Lauzon -- lightweight fighter and former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 -- is tentatively scheduled to fight at UFC 78 on November 17 from the Prudential Arena in Newark, New Jersey, UFCmania.com learned earlier this morning.

No opponent has been named at this time. However, 155-pound fighters Kenny Florian and Frank Edgar are possibilities, considering both are also expected to appear that evening and have not been matched up with opponents, either.

According to our source, Lauzon underwent knee surgery this week to repair a tendon tear that had been bothering him before TUF 5 even began. He will head out to Hawaii to train with TUF 5 coach BJ Penn in September and expects to make a full recovery in time for the November event.

Penn is tentatively booked to fight UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk for the title at UFC 78. That situation, however, is up in the air until the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) hears Sherk's appeal on the steroid allegations surrounding him in the wake of UFC 73 next week (August 6).

If the finding is upheld, Sherk will be suspended for one year and the belt will more than likely be vacant once again.

Stay tuned for more updates about this event and the lightweight match ups to expect.

For the developing UFC 78 fight card click here.

(Thanks to UFCmania reader "Seamus" for the assist.)

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