Announced over Twitter by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and confirmed by UFC president Dana White, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is set to fight former UFC Welterweight champion “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler.
This is not the first time the fight has been scheduled. In September, 2016 the UFC announced that the two fan-favorites would collide in the historical card for UFC 205. However, Lawler pulled out of the fight because he did not feel that his brain would be properly healed in time after being knocked out.
Lawler is coming off of a first round knockout loss to current UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in UFC 201 in late July of 2016. Prior to the loss, “Ruthless” was on a five fight win streak, with wins over Jake Ellenberger, Matt Brown, Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit.
“Cowboy” Cerrone is also coming off of a loss. He lost his fight to Jorge Masvidal in his hometown of Denver, Colorado via second round TKO. Prior to the loss, Cerrone was on a four fight win streak, with wins over Alex Oliveira, Patrick Cote, Rick Story and Matt Brown, all of which were stopped.
Lawler has faced a much higher level of competition at welterweight than Cerrone has, but prior to the loss to Masvidal, Cerrone had only lost to champions and Nate Diaz, who has a win over the current UFC Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor.
“Ruthless” is currently ranked as the number two contender in the UFC’s welterweight rankings, so the winner of this bout is likely to face either Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, or the winner of Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia for a number one contender bout.
The fight will be scheduled to take place July 8 on pay-per-view, during International Fight Week.