No sooner had we been tantalized by the news that former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler would go up against Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 in November than we find out the fight has now been scrapped.
Dana White had confirmed the fight was in the works earlier in the week, but according to a new report from TMZ, Lawler has since pulled out for undisclosed reasons.
The fight wasn’t expect to headline the blockbuster pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, instead being described as a “main card” bout, but it had got fans mouths watering at the prospect of seeing two of the UFC’s most consistently entertaining fighters locking horns in the Octagon.
Though lawler has now been ruled out, it’s believed that the UFC intends to keep Cerrone on the card against a yet to be announced opponent.
In the mean time, Dana White has revealed that Cerrone actually offered to fight on tonight’s UFC 203 event on just 18 hours notice in place of CB Dollaway.
At this moment in time it remains unclear whether that means Dollaway has been forced out of his preliminary card fight with Francimar Barroso or not.
Either way, the fact that ‘Cowboy’ was offering to take a fight that was scheduled to take place in the light-heavyweight division had White singing his praises on Twitter, writing, “Who is better, crazier and more BAD ASS then @Cowboycerrone !!!!!? #asrealasitgets.”
Hopefully they don’t take him up on that offer though as a long-time lightweight turned welterweight moving up to light-heavyweight on less than two days notice would be one of the most bizarre match-ups since BJ Penn fought Lyoto Machida at heavyweight back in the day.