Two lightweight contenders in the midst of impressive win streaks will meet in the co-main event of UFC 178 in Las Vegas. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is set to face Bobby Green on Sept. 27 in a matchup that shapes up as an exciting striking battle. Cerrone has won his last four bouts, while “King” is on an eight-fight run of success.
Cerrone has been on a quest to compete an incredible six times in 2014, and this contest will mark his fourth appearance. It’s been a remarkable year for the long-time contender who has recorded victories over Adriano Martins, Edson Barboza and Jim Miller. Cerrone became the first man to stop the ultra-tough Miller via strikes during their main event encounter at Fight Night 45. The No. 4 ranked Cerrone has secured finishes in all three of his fights this year and has reaped the benefits by securing three Fight Night bonuses.
The No. 7 ranked Green is fresh off the biggest victory of his career against former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 12. He showed he was ready to face elite competition by emerging with a hard-fought split-decision verdict. Green is a perfect 4-0 inside the Octagon with other victories coming against Pat Healy, James Krause and Jacob Volkmann. He’s compiled a 23-5 career record and hasn’t tasted defeat since 2011.
Green had been initially slated to face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 178, but is now getting the highest-profile opportunity of his career. Masvidal will now face James Krause on the card in Las Vegas.
Cerrone vs. Green shapes up as a highly entertaining and important lightweight battle. The two men are the hottest contenders going in a talent-rich, 155-pound division. There’s no one who seems to love a good fight more than ”Cowboy,” and he’s very likely to get one against the surging Green.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for RantSports.com