Don't despair, violence lovers: Donald Cerrone is going to fight Robbie Lawler after all.
According to a Monday report by ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion will take on the former UFC lightweight challenger at UFC 213.
UFC 213 is slated for July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The all-action pairing was originally slated for UFC 205, the UFC's debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City this past November. However, the former UFC 170-pound kingpin decided he needed more time off following his July knockout loss to Tyron Woodley and opted out of the bout.
The 34-year-old Cerrone has not fought since his January loss to rising contender Jorge Masvidal, who knocked him out at the six-minute mark of their UFC on Fox 23 clash. Prior to the defeat, “Cowboy” had won four consecutive bouts after bumping up to the welterweight division, including wins over Patrick Cote, Rick Story and Matt Brown.
Lawler, 35, has not fought since the aforementioned title loss to Woodley at UFC 201 in Atlanta last July. Before the defeat, Lawler had won five in a row and retained his UFC 170-pound crown twice, taking unanimous “Fight of the Year” honors for not just his title capture over Johny Hendricks in their December 2014 rematch, but also for his July 2015 defense against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189, as well as his 2016 retaining against Carlos Condit at UFC 195.