Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight bonus machine Joe Lauzon suffered an injury in training camp and was forced to withdraw from his UFC 180 pay-per-view (PPV) fight against Diego Sanchez, originally scheduled for Nov. 15, 2014 in Mexico City.
Not long after, "Nightmare" went down with an injury of his own.
While it was undoubtedly a mighty blow for Mexican mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, the one silver lining is that neither fighter is expected to go under the knife. In fact, Jackson-Winkeljohn general manager Ricky Kottenstette informed Sherdog.com that Sanchez suffered only a partially torn lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his knee and expects him to be back in training in roughly six weeks.
And he still wants a piece of "J-Lau."
Lauzon was a late replacement for the injured Norman Parke, on a fight card that also lost one half of its main event, thanks to a knee injury suffered by reigning heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Taking his place will be Mark Hunt, who battles Fabricio Werdum for the interim 265-pound title.
Hopefully that will be the last of the injuries to this tattered card, as UFC 180 takes place in three weeks.