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MMA: Means loses; no fight (again) for Cowboy

AUSTIN, Texas — Moriarty MMA welterweight Tim Means lost to Kevin Holland (23-7) by second-round submission (D’Arce choke) Saturday on a UFC Fight Night card.

Means (32-13-1) got off to a solid start in round one, scoring an early takedown and seemingly matching Holland in standup. But later in the round, Holland’s quickness and more powerful strikes — he has campaigned at middleweight (185 pounds) for most of his pro career — began to tell.

In the decisive second round, a Holland right hand stunned Means, enabling Holland to secure the choke and the tap-out at 1:28.

“I didn’t get it done tonight,” Means posted on Instagram. “Hats off to (Holland) till next time.”

Tim Means lost to Kevin Holland by second-round submission Saturday on a UFC Fight Night card in Austin, Texas. (AP file photo)

NO COWBOY: Maybe it’s just not meant to be.

A scheduled Saturday fight between Edgewood lightweight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-16) and Joe Lauzon (28-15) was scratched when Lauzon’s knee locked up at Friday’s weigh-in.

For the second time in six weeks, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has had a fight against fellow veteran Joe Lauzon scrapped. . (AP Photo/John Locher)

This, after a scheduled May 7 fight between the two in Phoenix was scratched on fight day after Cerrone was unable to recover from a case of food poisoning. Bad tacos, it was reported, were the culprit.

On Saturday, though too late to get the fight rescheduled, Lauzon said his knee was fine. The problem was a dislocation, he said, and he was able to pop the joint back in after seeing a video of the necessary process.

And, no, it wasn’t meant to be. UFC President Dana White told mmafighting.com that he will not book a Cerrone-Lauzon fight a third time — though he will find a spot for Cerrone later this year in the veteran fighter’s quest for two more fights before he retires. Two more would bring to 50 his total of fights under the Zuffa (WEC-UFC) banner.

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