Joe Lauzon out until 2010

Joe Lauzon indicated on his website last week that he will be sidelined for ten months due to surgery on his right knee. Lauzon, who recently defeated Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 17, will not return to action until spring of next year. Earlier today PRO MMA (promma.info) obtained this official statement from “J-Lau’s” management regarding his injury.

UFC lightweight prospect Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (18-4, 5 KOs, 13 submissions) will undergo knee surgery this Friday, sidelining the 24-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist until next year, at Sullivan Orthopedic Care.

Lauzon has had problems in the past including arthroscopic surgery on the meniscectomies of both knees. This time, however, Lauzon needs ACL surgery on his right knee, in addition to having his meniscus repaired.

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THE INFO: exclusive interview with Joe Lauzon – PRO MMA podcast

Joe Lauzon joined Matt De La Rosa for an exclusive interview for this special edition of ‘THE INFO’. Nearly a week removed from his Ultimate Fight Night 17 victory over Jeremy Stephens, ‘J-Lau’ talked about how he prepared for ‘Lil Heathen’ after Hermes Franca went down. Joe also talked about the recent media blitz he … Read more

UFC Fight Night 17 live gate and bonuses

A crowd of 7,596 enthusiastic fans flocked to the USF Sundome to witness the UFC’s first venture into Tampa. UFC Fight Night 17, headlined by Joe Lauzon and Jeremy Stephens, raked in a live gate of $428,000. The final figures should be released by the Florida State Boxing Commission some time next week.

The last major MMA event held in Florida had been EliteXC’s “Heat” at the Bank Atlantic Center. EliteXC’s final card under the guide of Jeremy Lappen and Jared “Skala” Shaw attracted 7,701 spectators to Sunrise, FL. and fetched a live gate of $677,793 and 847 of those seats had been given out as “comped” tickets.

After UFC Fight Night 17 concluded, Dana White spoke to the St. Petersburg Times and informed them that the UFC will return to Tampa in 2010.

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UFC debuts in Tampa, FL on February 7

The UFC is returning to the Sunshine State and this time they’re making their debut in a city that is known for its love of MMA: Tampa, Florida.

Joe Lauzon recently announced on his website that he will be facing Hermes Franca at Ultimate Fight NIght 17 at the USF Sundome.

Cain Velasquez confirmed the date as February 7 and the Sundome venue in a interview with Steve Cofield of ESPN Radio. The event will be televised on Spike TV.

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