After knocking out Melvin Guillard in a 76-second “Fight of The Night” performance at UFC 150, it would seem Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone already knows what the future holds for him as he is slated to face former WEC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis. This promising lightweight tilt has been guaranteed by Dana White to determine the the next UFC Lightweight Title challenger.
After incumbent challenger Nate Diaz meets with the champion, Benson Henderson, the winner of this clash of WEC imports will get the next crack at the title.
Cerrone (19-4) is currently 6-1 since coming to the UFC, with the sole loss coming at the hands of the aforementioned Diaz. The Jackson’s product has derailed the rise of both Charles Oliveira and Dennis Siver as well as taking out veterans like Guillard and Jeremy Stephens.
Pettis (15-2) is the only man on the UFC roster that holds a victory over the current champ behind his highlight reel “Showtime Kick”. Pettis is 2-1 in the octagon, rebounding from a controversial loss to Clay Guida in his promotional debut with victories over Jeremy Stephens and Joe Lauzon, who he knocked out with a vicious head kick in February.
Given that the current champion and both men competing for the next title shot came from the WEC cage, fans of the UFC’s long-gone sister promotion are in for a bit of nostalgia as the products of the small, blue octagon have made themselves comfortable atop the UFC Lightweight division.