Amidst the hectic UFC 205 news cycle over the weekend a major fight booking was announced for UFC 206, with Donald Cerrone lined up to fight Matt Brown at the event in Toronto, Canada on December 10th.
‘Cowboy’ had originally been scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum on the main card of Saturday night’s event in New York City, but the bout was scrapped after Gastelum fell victim to his latest botched weight-cut.
Rebooking that fight for UFC 206 doesn’t appear to have been an option as the No.5 ranked Gastelum is now likely to be forced into moving up to middleweight, and that’s led to this entertaining sounding match-up with ‘The Immortal’ instead.
This will be a must-win fight for the 35 year-old Brown who has won just just once in his last five fights, a far-cry from his impressive form a couple of years ago that saw him win seven fights in a row inside the Octagon.
As for Cerrone, he’s been enjoying as successful stint at 170lbs so far, racking up wins over Alex Oliveira, Patrick Cote and Rick Story in 2016 so far, and a win over Brown could push him into the top 5 in the division, which would be a great way to end the year.
UFC 206 also benefited from another UFC 205 call-off last week when Rashad Evans Vs Tim Kennedy was rescheduled for the Canadian show, which has helped make the main card much more robust than it was previously.
The event remains headlined by a light-heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, while Max Holloway Vs Anthony Pettis takes co-main event honors.