UFC 205: 3 Replacement Fighters That Should Fight Donald Cerrone
The man known as Cowboys was getting ready for a massive battle this weekend, one that played a key role in helping make UFC 205 one of the best UFC fight cards in history.
Donald Cerrone may have to bow out of the MMA hysteria this weekend, however, as his opponent, Kelvin Gastelum, has made it known that he will not be allowed to fight due to failing to make weight:
I will not be fighting @Cowboycerrone 2morrow on account that I couldn’t make the wght limit. I apologize 2 cowboy ure a legend. God bless.
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 11, 2016
Gastelum seemed disappointed and even apologized to Cerrone, calling him a “legend”. However, Gastelum’s sorrow doesn’t make up for what should have been a stellar showdown between the 31-7 Cerrone and a rising 12-2 contender.
Despite the apology, Cerrone seemed none too pleased:
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) November 11, 2016
UFC Loses Some Steam
The two were set to wage war on Saturday, November 12th, with both hoping to inch their way closer to a lightweight title shot.
That belt still belongs to Eddie Alvarez, who will put it on the line in the main event against Conor McGregor. That fight still makes UFC 205 a huge draw for die hard MMA fans, but many are left wondering if there is still a way for Cowboy to hit the Octagon.
If so, he’ll need a new opponent. The UFC hasn’t yet made an announcement on whether or not there is even enough time to make a fighter swap, but given the draw of Cerrone’s talent and name, it makes sense that they would try.
Few fighters would want to take on such a hefty challenge on short notice, but a win over Cowboy could net whoever is up for it a fast track to a lightweight title belt, whether it ends up coming against McGregor or Alvarez.
Here are some guys that make the most sense to step in and face Cerrone, should the UFC try to map out a replacement bout:
- Robbie Lawler
- Nate Diaz
- Demian Maia
These are the guys that make the most sense, seeing as Cerrone has specifically called out Lawler and Maia very recently and actually specifically said a showdown with Maia is the “only thing” that “makes sense”:
UFC 205’s Donald Cerrone calls out Demian Maia for UFC 207 https://t.co/PcxO0v9Oyt
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) November 5, 2016
Clashes with Rafael dos Anjos (Cerrone lost to him twice) and Tony Ferguson would also make a ton of sense – but not right now. Both fighters actually faced off on November 5th and it’d be too fast of a turn around for either to take on Cerrone, probably either at UFC 205 or even UFC 206.
Still, both could be in the cards for a future match – especially if Cowboy holds off his next fight until December’s UFC 207.
Of course, Nate Diaz could make a lot of sense if Cerrone simply wants a fight. He’s a top contender for the lightweight title belt and probably won’t want to risk it, but Diaz has been known to come in on short notice before and is fresh after fighting Conor McGregor last in August.
While any of these replacement options would be awesome for Cerrone at UFC 205, it just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen:
UFC currently working on rebooking Donald Cerrone on UFC 206 in Toronto, per sources. Could have it wrapped up soon.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 11, 2016
Instead, the UFC is reportedly already working hard to gear Cerrone up for UFC 206. Will one of the guys we touched on get the call? Will Gastelum make weight and still give MMA fans this bout? Only time will tell.
All we know for sure right now is that Cerrone is probably out of UFC 205 and an insanely jam-packed card just got a little lighter.
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