DONALD CERRONE was cruelly forced out of his UFC 274 clash with Joe Lauzon with food poisoning just hours before their battle of veterans.
The beloved Cowboy was due to lock horns with his fellow fan favourite early on Sunday morning in the curtain jerker for the main card of a stacked UFC 274 in Pheonix, Arizona.
Cerrone went into his showdown with Lauzon looking to pick up his first in three years.
But a late bout of food poisoning means the future hall of fame will have to wait a bit longer to get back in the win column.
The news of Cerrone's withdrawal was first reported by Ariel Helwani.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan subsequently confirmed the news on the broadcast.
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Rogan said: “They think what mind have happened is 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 but I talked to Dr. [Jeff] Davidson and it was just not going to happen.”
There is no word yet on whether or not the fight will once again be re-booked.
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Cerrone, 39, was hoping to snap a seven-fight skid against Lauzon.
The Denver destroyer has lost six of those last seven outings, one of which was a 40-second annihilation at the hands of Conor McGregor in January 2020.
Prior to fight night, UFC president Dana White revealed he wants the loser of the bout to call it a day.
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During a recent interview with The Underground, he said: “That one should be the loser probably packs it up and rides off into the sunset.
“That, I would agree with.”
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