It’s hard not to admire Donald Cerrone’s grit; this guy really just wants to fight.
MMAWeekly.com reports that Cowboy has stepped in for Sam Stout against Dennis Siver at UFC 137, in what will be his fourth bout this year. The announcement comes just hours after Stout announced his withdrawal from the event.
Cerrone most recently appeared in action earlier this month at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle, handing the highly touted Charles Oliveira his second professional loss. As has become his trademark, Cerrone came out mean with the intention to hurt Oliveira, and that’s exactly what he did. He took it to the young Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace from the get go, eventually putting him away with a vicious ground and pound assault at three minutes into the first round. Cerrone is one of the WEC lightweight carryovers who has found great success since transitioning to the UFC; spurred on by the challenge, Cerrone has put together impressive wins over Paul Kelly, Vagner Rocha and now Oliveira in the promotion, adding to the two victories he picked up over Jamie Varner and Chris Horodecki before the WEC was absorbed by the UFC. At 16-3 overall, the 28-year-old is setting himself up to really make a splash in the division.
Debuting in the promotion in 2007, skilled German fighter Dennis Siver is no stranger to what it takes to excel in the talent-rich landscape of the UFC’s lightweight class. Since losing to Ross Pearson by close decision in 2010, the powerful 32-year-old has put together four impressive victories, over Spencer Fisher, Andre Winner, George Sotiropoulos and Matt Wiman. Siver sports a record of 19-7 and has proven that, like Cerrone, he has potent skills both on his feet and on the mat.
The two talented and exciting lightweights will meet at UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz this October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.