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Joe Lauzon out of action for 12-14 months

UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon expects to be sidelined 12-14 months due to knee surgery.

Lauzon (18-4) earlier this month won via submission against Jeremy Stephens in the main event of UFC Fight Night 17 in Tampa, Florida. The 24-year-old is 5-1 in the UFC with his one loss coming against current number one contender Kenny Florian.

"Well, it looks like I will be having ACL surgery next week," Lauzon wrote Thursday on his blog. "I have had a history of bad luck with my knees. I have already had two knee surgeries...menisectomies 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."

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