In his official blog, UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon on Thursday said “a history of bad luck” with his knees has caught up to him again. Next week, the popular fighter will undergo surgery to repair damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus of one.
Lauzon said doctors would re-setting the cartilage in his meniscus, as well as reconstructing his ACL ligament with tissue from a cadaver.
“It’s a very long rehab and my knee may never be the same again,” wrote Lauzon.
The injury may put him on the sidelines for 12-14 months as he begins the long road to recovery.
“I will be off my feet for a month to a month and a half… training SUPER light in about 4 or 5 months… training decently hard in about 9 months and fighting in around 12-14 months,” continued Lauzon. “It’s going to be a long rehab… but thats how it goes.”
Since his appearance on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Lauzon has suffered only one defeat in six Octagon appearances, against Kenny Florian at UFC Fight Night 13. Earlier this month, he defeated up-and-comer Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 17 using an impressive array of ground skills, submitting the Des Moines-based fighter in the second round.