The UFC will present an interesting main event this coming Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 83.
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will take on Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in a welterweight showdown live on FOX Sports 1.
Originally, Cerrone was to make his 170-pound Octagon debut from Pittsburgh against Tim Means, but a questionable drug test for Means knocked him out of the contest. With just a few short weeks to find a replacement, officials went ahead and tabbed “the other” Cowboy to meet the former No. 1 lightweight title contender.
Also on the card will be Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro and Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker.
As they always do, the crack staff at UFC headquarters have provided us with some slick notes regarding the event:
COWBOY vs. COWBOY
One of the UFC’s most successful and popular fighters makes his debut in a new weight division when Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (28-6, 1 NC) fights at welterweight for the first time in his UFC career. But waiting for the always active Cerrone will be another “Cowboy,” Alex Oliveira (13-2-1, 1 NC), who goes by the same nickname and will enter the bout as a late replacement for Tim Means. Cerrone, who has won eight of his last nine fights against some of the top names in the UFC, will have his quickness and Muay Thai skills tested against another striker who is also moving up in weight for the bout. Oliveira, who is from Tres Rios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hopes to feel at home in America’s Three Rivers city, and defeat the toughest opponent of his career. Oliveira has nine wins by KO and two by submission, including nine first-round finishes. The former rodeo bull rider is seeking his fourth consecutive victory in the UFC.
TOP 10 FINISH
Two hard-hitting middleweights hope a convincing finish will earn them a top-10 ranking when No. 13 Derek Brunson (14-3) squares off against No. 15 Roan ‘Jucao’ Carneiro (20-9). Brunson is riding a three-fight winning streak and has won five of his last six bouts. He has registered seven wins by KO and three by submission. At 37, Carneiro is coming off an impressive first-round submission win over Mark Munoz, but knows at his age, the time is now to make a run for the title. Born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Carneiro has nine career first-round finishes, three wins by knockout and nine by submission.
‘NO LOVE’ LOST
Two of the bantamweight division’s top prospects collide in Pittsburgh as No. 11 John Lineker (26-7) and undefeated Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt (7-0) meet with hopes making themselves legitimate title contenders at 135 lbs. Lineker made his presence known in the division when he combined for 200 punches in a two-minute knockout of Francisco Rivera in his divisional debut. When no one stepped up to fight the Brazilian, Team Alpha Male’s Garbrandt was quick to call him out. From nearby Uhrichsville, Ohio, Garbrandt, who began his professional career in Pittsburgh, hopes to have a home crowd advantage help catapult him into position to soon challenge for the bantamweight title.