Following his unsuccessful lightweight title shot against Rafael dos Anjos in December, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has decided to move on up to the welterweight division.
Cerrone’s first fight in his new weight class will come against Tim Means in the main event of UFC Fight Night 82 in Pittsburgh on February 21st.
The 32 year-old had been riding an eight fight winning streak heading into his fight with Dos Anjos, but the 155lb champ was able to dismantle him via TKO in just 66 seconds at UFC On FOX 17.
‘Cowboy’ was clearly rocked in that fight and took a large amount of strikes to the head in a short space of time which left him unsure how quickly he’d be able to return to the Octagon, but earlier this week he wrote on Twitter that he was, “Looking to dust off the saddle and get back in there.”
In Means he’s facing a 170lb fighter with a 5-2 record in the UFC to date. At one stage ‘The Dirty Bird’ was on a four-fight unbeaten stretch, but that came to an end at UFC 189 in July with a submission loss to Matt Brown. However, Means has since returned to the win column with a knockout victory against John Howard at UFC Fight Night 80 last month.