Two of the UFC’s most exciting fighters will go head to head in the UFC on ESPN+ 16 main event on Sept. 14 in Vancouver, when Justin Gaethje faces Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Cerrone teased the fight on his Instagram account on Wednesday, saying, “Just got off the phone with my ole Buddy. And at 155 it’s kinda are only option. He told me Cowboy let’s go make this money. And if I can Promise y’all something this is a fight y’all Do Not Want to miss. O and of course it’s on short notice.”
UFC president Dana White confirmed to MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo Sports that Cerrone was indeed talking about Gaethje. He also noted that the two will meet in a five-round non-title fight to headline the next UFC event on Vancouver at the Rogers Center.
“Get ready, Vancouver!” White said. “This fight is going to be ridiculous!”
Though Gaethje is 3-2 since arriving in the Octagon in 2017, he has never failed to excite fans. He has a go-for-broke style that he’s garnered him some spectacular victories countered by just as spectacular defeats. Every one of Gaethje’s fights under the UFC banner has ended in a knockout… for good or for bad.
Cerrone’s career has been a similar one, although he tends to end up on the winning end more often than not. Having spent the majority of his professional career fighting in the Octagon, Cerrone holds the UFC record for most overall victories with 23.
Gaethje and Cerrone are performance bonus machines, so they’re certainly odds-on favorites to earn a bonus or two in Vancouver.
Gaethje has won his last two bouts, knocking out James Vick and Edson Barboza in back-to-back efforts. He’ll look to do the same with longtime friend Cerrone, and continue to put his name in the thick of title talk.
Cerrone is in a different position, looking to rebound from a loss to top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson, who ended Cowboy’s three-fight winning streak that he had hoped to parlay into a title shot. He’ll now look to rebound against Gaethje and continue his championship quest anew.