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Manager: Ronnie Lawrence’s body ‘shut down’ after weight cut, fight cancelled at UFC Vegas 33

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Ronnie Lawrence (pictured, blue gloves)
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UFC Vegas 33 has officially lost one of its anticipated bouts.

Sources close to the situation confirmed to MMA Fighting that the bantamweight matchup between Trevin Jones and Ronnie Lawrence is officially off of Saturday’s fight card. Jones successfully made weight at 135 pounds, while Lawrence did not step on the scale—which was removed with a few minutes left in the two hour window.

Lawrence’s manager Matt Weibel provided an update to MMA Fighting shortly after the weigh-in window expired.

“Ronnie made weight in his room, then before they walked down, his body shut down completely with cramps,” Weibel said. “[His] coach said it was the worst cramps he’d ever seen. He’s in the hospital at the moment, but feeling better.”

Jones has had an interesting start to his UFC career; stopping Timur Valiev with a second-round TKO only to have the win overturned to a no contest after testing positive for marijuana for the short notice debut. He would then sign on to fight Randy Costa in March at UFC 259 before the New Englander suffered an injury and was replaced by Mario Bautista—a fight Jones won with another second-round stoppage.

“5 Star” signed to face Tony Kelley at this past weekend’s UFC Vegas 32 event where Kelley was forced to withdraw. With Lawrence losing John Castaneda as an opponent for Saturday’s event, Jones was slotted in and, once again, will not compete.

After earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series in September, Lawrence picked up an impressive third-round TKO win over Vince Cachero at UFC Vegas 20 in February.