Lightweight Joe Lauzon is expected to return to the Octagon against Sam Stout at UFC 108 on January 2 in Las Vegas, according to MMA Mania.
Lauzon (18-4) has been sidelined since February after undergoing major knee surgery that was expected to keep him out until mid-2010, but with his recovery ahead of schedule he’ll likely return to action in January looking to pick up where he left off. “J-Lau,” a semi-finalist on TUF 5, is 6-1 since joining the UFC in 2006, losing only to contender Kenny Florian while most-recently picking up back-to-back wins over Kyle Bradley and Jeremy Stephens.
Stout (14-5-1) was scheduled to fight Phillipe Nover earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 19, but a seizure suffered by Nover on fight night forced the bout to be canceled. “Hands of Stone” won “Fight of the Night” honors for his unanimous decision win over Matt Wiman in April at UFC 97, which snapped a two-fight losing streak.