Donald Cerrone has been forced to withdraw from tonight’s UFC 274 lightweight bout against Joe Lauzon. Cerrone’s withdrawal was reportedly due to an illness. With ‘Cowboy’ out, the UFC has also taken Lauzon off UFC 274.

News of the Cerrone-Lauzon fight falling apart was confirmed by the UFC broadcast team comprising Jon Anik, Joe Rogan, and Daniel Cormier. Anik stated:

“We do have some late breaking news, and it is of the disappointing variety. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is out tonight. He was to fight Joe Lauzon in our pay-per-view opener. It is a non-COVID-19-related illness. “

Anik added that the UFC 274 matchup against Joe Lauzon was special for ‘Cowboy,’ as the latter was excited about competing in front of his oldest son, Dacson Danger Cerrone. Joe Rogan chimed in and let fans in on what likely led to Cerrone falling ill:

“What an amazing matchup that was too, by the way. Joe Lauzon, Donald Cerrone, loser leaves town. I mean, that’s really what it was. Unfortunately, they think what might have happened is that Donald ate something bad because he was throwing up. He couldn’t keep food down. He felt terrible. They tried to give him time to recover. You know, I talked to [UFC] Doctor [Jeff] Davidson. There was just; it was not gonna happen. “

Additionally, MMA great Daniel Cormier pointed out that Cerrone was incredibly emotional heading into his UFC 274 matchup, as competing in that fight meant a lot to him. Journalist Ariel Helwani confirmed food poisoning as the cause of the illness.

Confirmed with Donald Cerrone’s team that he suffered from food poisoning this am. They are talking about rescheduling but no word yet.

It’s unclear whether the UFC will rebook the Cerrone-Lauzon matchup for a later date or book them against different opponents next. The matchup was expected to serve as the UFC 274 main card’s first fight, a spot that’s now been taken by the welterweight bout between Randy Brown and ‘Khaos’ Williams.

Watch the UFC broadcast team discuss the Cerrone-Lauzon matchup in the video below:

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