It was a little overshadowed by the suspension of MMA legend Anderson Silva. But the UFC broke a few bits of news in the last few days involving two of their newest titleholders.
And, coincidentally, they’re both rematches.
First came word of Fabricio Werdum’s first heavyweight title defense. As reported here at Caged Insider, the jiu-jitsu ace will meet the man he beat for the UFC strap, Cain Velasquez, later this year at a date and site to be determined.
Not to be outdone — Rafael Dos Anjos’ first defense of the UFC lightweight title has been signed.
At UFC on Fox on December 19 in Orlando, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will receive his long-awaited UFC title shot.
Cerrone is currently riding a seven fight win streak, which includes victories over former WEC/UFC titlist Benson Henderson, former Bellator kingpin Eddie Alvarez, and longtime UFC contender Jim Miller.
The last man to defeat Cerrone, in fact, was Rafael Dos Anjos — back in 2013. The rematch would seem to be a no brainer today.
But since earning the UFC lightweight belt with a win over Anthony Pettis, Dos Anjos has struggled with injury. At one point, he was rumored to be out of action until February 2016, prompting Cerrone to consider moving up to welter to stay active:
“@DStandridge92: Looks like u probably won't fight until February. !” I will not wait that long. Need something soon or I'm going to 170
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) August 11, 2015
Obviously, that didn’t turn out to be necessary.
“Here we go,” Dos Anjos said in a post on Instagram which included the event’s poster. “God lift me up for one more mission, the victory it’s out there. I just gonna go there and get it.”