It looks like a back injury will postpone Dan Lauzon’s UFC return as he will be forced out of his tussle with Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 103. Dan, the younger brother of popular UFC fighter Joe, was hoping to end his three-year Octagon hiatus before the injury bug bit him.
“The Upgrade” last fought for the world’s biggest MMA organization at UFC 64 back in 2006 where he was TKO’ed by Spencer Fisher in the 1stRound of their matchup. From there, Lauzon proceeded to win 8 out of his next 9 fights, albeit against lesser competition.
It is not clear if the UFC will look to replace Lauzon or scrap from the card completely.
Lauzon and Oliveira were both carry-overs from the canceled “Affliction: Trilogy” show earlier this month.
Here is a rundown of the fighters rumored to be competing at UFC 103:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rob Emerson
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Igor Pokrajac
Eliot Marshall vs. Jason Brilz
Brian Foster vs. Paul Daley
Jim Miller vs. Thiago Tavares
(Spike TV 9PM ET/6PM PT)
Drew McFedries and Tomasz Drawl
Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller
(PPV 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin
Frank Trigg vs. Josh Koshcheck
Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann
Junior dos Santos vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort (195-pound Catchweight Bout)