Although he couldn’t throw down in Austin last weekend, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will enter the Octagon on July 2 at UFC 276.
Cowboy was geared up to fight Joe Lauzon on June 18, however a last-minute knee injury forced Lauzon out of the bout, and Cerrone went to the event as a spectator. Before that, Cowboy and Lauzon were supposed to battle on May 7, but Cerrone suffered food poisoning the day of their UFC 274 match and the fight was postponed.
Cowboy will now step in on short notice to take on MMA veteran Jim Miller at 170 pounds in Las Vegas, as per a report from ESPN. Bobby Green was set to fight Miller, but he dropped out of the fight for an undisclosed reason.
The fight is a rematch eight years in the making. The fan favorites originally fought in July 2014 and Cowboy bested Miller via second-round KO.
Their UFC 276 match also has historic ramifications as well. Cowboy and Miller, along with former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, are tied for the most UFC wins ever. All three combatants have been victorious 23 times in the promotion.
Barring a draw or no contest, either Cowboy or Miller will leave the T-Mobile arena as the winner. And they’ll be the new record holder.