After one of the wackiest fight weekends in recent memory and one of the most chaotic finishes in UFC history, we’re back to break down the UFC’s return to the Lone Star State on a card featuring Cowboy Cerrone and Joe Lauzon.
Keep reading for our in-depth fighter analysis, UFC odds, and a winning betting pick!
Joe Lauzon vs. Donald Cerrone
UFC Featherweight Main Event Bout
Saturday, June 11, 2022 – 06:00 PM EDT at Moody Center
While that fight may not be the headliner of UFC’s card in Austin for ESPN+, you have a really interesting matchup between two certified vets of the Octagon who are looking to keep themselves in the mix as Cerrone has not won a fight in his last six trips into the cage and Lauzon only has had two victories inside the eight-sided cell in the same timeline.
With the fight being postponed a week due to Cerrone suffering from an illness, forcing it to be moved from the UFC 274 card, one could think it serves Cowboy well to have that extra week to train and rest up for the co-main event from the Moody Center.
BMR's top-rated books and betting sites certainly think so, as walking into Saturday night Cerrone is the slight -170 favorite over Lauzon as bettors and books are seeing this as a redemption fight for the 39-year-old who has been delighting fans with his never say die style inside the Octagon.
Lauzon vs. Cerrone Highlights
- Cerrone's four of his last six losses ended with him being stopped by Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, and then Alex Moreno, that is a lot of trauma over a short timeline and compounded with the fact that those were first or second round stoppages.
- Cerrone is a fighter with a Hall of Fame career who should be heralded as a true journeyman who has done everything to show he belongs in the upper echelon of a violent and lonely sport, there comes a time for all good things to end, and that may have happened sooner than this Saturday night for him.
- Lauzon has certainly not faced the same level of competition across his last six fights as Cerrone, but that honestly may be a good thing for the 38-year-old, with Al Iaquinta, Diego Sanchez, and Clay Guida being the three biggest opponents Lauzon has faced in his last ten fights, with Guida and Iaquinta defeating Lauzon but first and second-round stoppages.
- Cerrone had a fight of the night five-round banger against Iaquinta in Ottawa, Cerrone needed an eye poke to get a majority draw against Niko Price. (which was overturned due to weed because it's 1965)
Lauzon vs. Cerrone Betting Pick
For my UFC picks, I’d take Lauzon in this fight (+145) and keep my eye on the under 1 ½ rounds, which is currently set at +125 as you could get a few steps closer to a solid gold boat with a big win on Saturday night.
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