With the news that Dana White is now targeting May 9th as the date for the UFC to get back on the road with a big event came news of a notable new match-up that is set to join the line-up for it.
According to ESPN, the event would feature a rematch between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis, who previously fought all the way back in 2013, with ‘Showtime’ emerging victorious via knockout in the opening round due to a body kick.
For Pettis that win would pave the way for him to earn a title shot against Ben Henderson, which he also he emerged victorious in to become the UFC’s lightweight champion, though his reign would only last for one more fight.
Despite appearing to be destined for greatness, Pettis has struggled to recapture that form ever since, going just 4-8 in the UFC while bouncing between featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.
That includes a 1-3 run in recent times, with his solitary win being an upset KO victory over Stephen Thompson, while his he suffered a TKO loss to Tony Ferguson, decision defeat against Nate Diaz and submission loss to Carlos Diego Ferreira.
As for Cerrone, he’s racked up an astonishing 26 fights in the UFC since then, going 17-9, but there have been troubling signs of late that all those bouts maybe starting to catch up to him as he’s currently on a three fight losing streak against extremely tough opposition in Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor, all of which ended by TKO.
Cerrone vs Pettis II would join a stacked May 9th card at a destination still to be disclosed that will feature no less than three title fights, with an interim lightweight title encounter between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje being joined by bantamweight title action between Henry Cejudo and Dominick Cruz, together with a women’s featherweight championship fight between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer.