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Reports: Joe Lauzon injured, UFC 180 fight against Diego Sanchez in Mexico City scrapped

Another great Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) match has gone up in smoke.

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On the heels of UFC 180 getting a new main event thanks to an injury to Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (full details here), the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event has suffered another significant loss.

Joe Lauzon has been forced out of his upcoming Lightweight scrap with Diego Sanchez because of an undisclosed injury in training, according to multiple reports. No replacement has been named at this time; however, with the "historic" show just three weeks away (Sat., Nov. 15, 2014) inside Arena Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico, rest assured that the promotion is hammering the phones.

Lauzon -- who actually replaced Norman Parke as Sanchez's opponent -- was looking to build off a technical knockout win over Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 50 back in Sept. 2014. He'll have to wait, though, along with mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, who will undoubtedly by gutted with this most recent news.

That's because Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez was teed up to be a potential "Fight of the Night" for the ages.

This latest setback is a big one for what UFC considered to be a very important debut in a major Latin American market. With it's Mexican champion scratched, and perhaps the most exciting match on the card killed, too, UFC 180 has suddenly become pedestrian.

One has to wonder if Conor McGregor, who initially volunteered to end Sanchez's career, is under serious consideration. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Stay tuned.

Meantime, check out the latest UFC 180: "Werdum vs. Hunt" fight card and rumors right here.

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