It will be “Cowboy” vs. "Cowboy’ in the main event of UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh.
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced on Thursday that Alex Oliveira will replace Tim Means and face Donald Cerrone on Feb. 21 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Means was forced to withdraw from the headlliner when he was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation.
UFC Fight Night will air on Fox Sports 1 and also includes a middleweight clash between Derek Brunson and Roan Carneiro as well as a bantamweight showdown pitting Cody Garbrandt against John Lineker.
The Rio de Janeiro-based “Cowboy” was one of the UFC’s most prolific fighters in 2015, posting a 4-1 record over the course of the year. The 27-year-old is currently riding a three-fight winning streak, including finishes of Piotr Hallmann and K.J. Noons.
Cerrone, of course, is well known for his active fight schedule. However, he took a longer-than-usual hiatus after besting John Makdessi in May, as he did not return to the Octagon until Dec. 19 for a title shot against Rafael dos Anjos. Cerrone fell to the reigning champion via technical knockout in 66 seconds in the UFC on Fox 17 headliner, snapping an eight-fight winning streak for the Jackson-Wink MMA-trained “Cowboy” that dated back to November 2013.