Sorry, Conor McGregor, but it looks like you won’t be fighting nemesis Diego Sanchez at UFC 180. On Friday, UFC president Dana White announced Joe Lauzon (pictured) has agreed to serve as substitute to face Sanchez in the November 15 festivities.
Sanchez was initially slated to meet Norman Parke, but the lightweight was forced to pull out with an undisclosed injury. That’s when McGregor took to Twitter to presumptuously announce he was scrapping with Sanchez, only to be shot down by White minutes later.
Lauzon is one month removed from his TKO win over Michael Chiesa. The victory marked the veteran’s second straight win.
Sanchez, meanwhile, has dropped three of his last five bouts. “Dream” is coming off June’s highly controversial split decision win over Ross Pearson. Many, including White, believed Sanchez lost that matchup.
Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico serves as host.
Here is the show’s revised roster:
Augusto Montano vs. TBD
Jessica Eye vs. Leslie Smith
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Erik Perez vs. Marcus Brimage
Ricardo Lamas vs. Dennis Bermudez
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
Jake Ellenberger vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez (UFC heavyweight champion)