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An all-action welterweight tilt is headed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s upcoming event in mid-September.
According to ESPN on Friday, Donald Cerrone (36-15, 1 NC) will be looking to right the ship after four losses in a row against the hard-hitting Niko Price (14-4, 1 NC). The two have agreed to meet on Sept. 19, which is a card that will likely be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Although UFC 253 is currently on the books for Sept. 19, the promotion has been considering shifting the event back a week to accommodate international fighters on Yas Island.
Cerrone has lost his last four, with three of those coming by knockout within two rounds. “Cowboy” last competed in May against Anthony Pettis to drop a decision in a rematch that split media members down the middle with their scores. Prior to the downslope, the former lightweight title challenger strung together a trio of victories over Mike Perry, Alexander Hernandez and Al Iaquinta to earn a match against Tony Ferguson. The meeting with Ferguson was his first loss in his current stretch, although the Colorado native still posts the most victories (23) among several other UFC records.
Price has alternated knockout wins and losses in his last six outings, and has never lost two bouts in a row. Most recently, “The Hybrid” engaged in a thrilling battle with Vicente Luque that forced doctor intervention after Price sustained massive damage to his eye. The 30-year-old has only gone the distance once in his career, when he took a decision victory over Willie Hosch in 2016 that earned him a place on the UFC roster. The welterweight finisher has posted wins over James Vick, Tim Means and Randy Brown across his tumultuous UFC tenure.
Should it remain on the date of Sept. 19, UFC 253 will be headlined at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas by a middleweight championship battle of unbeatens as Israel Adesanya defends his throne against Paulo Henrique Costa. Other major bouts on the card include a light heavyweight battle between Johnny Walker and Ryan Spann, while Mackenzie Dern and Randa Markos square off at strawweight.
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