With Bobby ‘King’ Green out of his UFC 276 lightweight showdown vs. Jim Miller for undisclosed reasons, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has agreed to step in on nine days of notice for a rematch with Miller.
These perennial 155-pound contenders met in the UFC Atlantic City main event during the summer of 2014, with Cerrone (36-16-0-2 MMA, 23-13-0-1 UFC) winning by second-round KO (head kick and punches). This time around, they’ll collide in a welterweight scrap since Cowboy has already dropped to 155 pounds twice in the last two months.
In both instances, however, his fight vs. Joe Lauzon fell apart on fight day. First, Cerrone caught a nasty bout of food poisoning to cause their original fight to get nixed. Then before last week’s UFC Austin co-main event, Lauzon sustained a freaky knee injury after weigh-ins late Friday and still couldn’t walk on Saturday, forcing him to withdraw.
The winner will take sole control of the record for most victories in UFC history. Miller, Cerrone and Andrei Arlovski are currently tied for the most wins in promotion history with 23 apiece.
The 38-year-old Miller (34-16-0-1 MMA, 23-15-0-1 UFC) will be making his 40th career walk to the Octagon (most in UFC history). He’s hoping to extend his winning streak to three after scoring back-to-back, second-round KO wins over Erick Gonzalez and Nikolas Motta in the past eight months.
The 39-year-old Cerrone hasn’t tasted victory since defeating Al Iaquinta via unanimous decision in the UFC Ottawa headliner on May 4 of 2019. Since then, Cerrone has limped to a 0-5 record with one no-contest.
In fairness, however, we should point out that two of his losses have been against former champions (Conor McGregor and Anthony Pettis), another came against a former interim lightweight champion (Tony Ferguson) and another came against a two-time title challenger in Justin Gaethje. Furthermore, MajorWager scored Cerrone’s UD loss to Pettis in his favor.
Caesars opened Miller as a -220 favorite, leaving Cerrone as a +180 underdog. When they first met, Cerrone was a -230 ‘chalk.’
Miller has told the media in recent weeks that this is the last fight on his UFC contract. Although Cerrone has stated that he wants to fight twice more before calling it a career, it could very well be his last Octagon appearance.
The UFC 276 prelims will air on ABC in primetime for the first time, and Miller-Cerrone will serve as the opener of the prelims.