A huge welterweight division contest has been added to the UFC 213 card as #2 Robbie Lawler will be taking on #8 Donald Cerrone. The two were originally set to collide at UFC 205 before Lawler pulled out of the fight.
Lawler (27-11-0-1NC) will be competing for the first time since losing the UFC Welterweight Title to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201. Lawler first won the welterweight title when he defeated Johny Hendricks by decision at UFC 181 and would defend it twice before losing it at the aforementioned UFC 201 event. Lawler will also be competing in a non-main event fight for the first time in over three years, with that last non-main event fight coming against Jake Ellenberger at UFC 173.
Cerrone (32-8-0-1NC) has won four of five fights since moving to the welterweight division, those four wins have come over Alex Oliveira, Patrick Cote, Rick Story and Matt Brown. Cerrone has previously challenged for the UFC Lightweight Title, losing to then champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC On Fox 17. Cerrone hasn’t seen one of his fights go the distance in over two years, the last fight to go to the scorecards was at UFC Fight Night 59 in January 2015.
UFC 213 takes place on Saturday, July 8 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.