The UFC furthers its incorporation of the WEC lightweight division into the UFC lightweight division with two recently announced match ups between Mac Danzig and Donald Cerrone; and Melvin Guillard and Shane Roller.
Danzig and Cerrone will meet at UFC 131, which will likely take place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British, Columbia, Canada on the eleventh of June.
Danzig, who recently called Cerrone out on Twitter, bounced back from a controversial submission loss to Matt Wiman at UFC 115 by surprisingly knocking out veteran Joe Stevenson in the first round of their UFC 124 meeting. A winner of The Ultimate Fighter season six, Danzig has amassed a record of 20-8-1 overall and 4-4 in the UFC, waging tough battles against the likes of Clay Guida, Josh Neer, and Jim Miller.
Cerrone recently made his UFC debut, putting on the exciting type of fight that he’s known for en route to tapping out Paul Kelly with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their UFC 126 scrap. “Cowboy” established himself as one of the WEC’s preeminent lightweights during his time in that promotion, proving that along with the brashness and trash talk, he possesses a ton of skill and grit. Cerrone is 14-3 overall and 1-0 in the UFC.
Guillard and Roller are set to square off at UFC 132, which is tentatively planned for the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for the second of July.
Since reinventing himself with a move to Greg Jackson’s camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Guillard has gone on a tear in the UFC’s lightweight division. He is currently on a four-fight winning streak, having defeated the likes of Jeremy Stephens and Evan Dunham in the process. “The Young Assassin” last appeared in action at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 against Dunham in one of his most impressive performances yet, winning the bout via TKO in the first round.
Shane Roller has gone undefeated in both of his fights since losing to lightweight wunderkind Anthony Pettis back in August. The standout wrestler has shown his diversity through those two bouts, submitting Jamie Varner and knocking out Thiago Tavares in a gutsy come-from-behind win. Roller made his UFC debut earlier this month at UFC Live: Sanchez Vs. Kampmann, where he knocked out Tavares with a nice right hand in round two of their bout.