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Joe Lauzon out a year with gimp leg

Watching UFC Knockouts with some jackals after the XMMA event last night, we realized that Joe Lauzon was supposed to be nothing more than a speedbump on Jens Pulver’s way to a lightweight title shot. Instead he knocked Lil Evil out and has since built up a 5-1 record in the UFC. Not too shabby for a guy nobody expected all that much out of.

Too bad he’s gonna be out for a year now:

Well, it looks like I will be having ACL surgery next week. I have had a history of bad luck with my knees. I have already had two knee surgeries- meniscectomies on both knees. Those surgeries were relatively simple because they just go in arthoscopically and shave down the meniscus. There is no stitching and no repairing done. The surgery scheduled for next week will not be so simple. Unlike the last two times, I will need my meniscus repaired. Instead of just shaving that little piece out, they will be stitching it up and getting it to sit back in place.

To make things much worse, I need to have my ACL repaired as well. They think my torn ACL is causing my knee to shift ever so slightly and its destroying my meniscus. They could stop after the meniscus repair but its just going to happen again. ACL surgery should fix that, but its a very long rehab and my knee may never be the same again. There are three options for the surgery (patella, hamstring and cadaver). Each has different advantages and disadvantages. I was going to do the Patella but have been convinced to go the Cadaver route.

According to Lauzon, he’ll be back in the cage between 12 and 14 months from now.