To use the cliche saying, perhaps the third time's a charm. An update from the Donald Cerrone camp has confirmed that the Colorado native fighter is likely out of his UFC 213 bout against former Welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler. The injury suffered by Cerrone is yet to be disclosed, though a short turnaround looks to be out of the question.
Should the UFC matchmakers reschedule the bout for UFC 214, that would mark the third time that this fight has been delayed, with the first scheduled bout for these two being set back at UFC 205, Lawler pulled out, this saw the bout scheduled for UFC 213. Now with Cerrone pulling out and a reschedule of the bout looking likely, this would mark the third time the bout has been booked.
Donald Cerrone, 34, is 32-8 in his MMA career with one no contest. His most recent outing in the Octagon saw him fall in the second round via TKO to Jorge Masvidal. He has not competed since. Lawler has been away from the sport for the last year. Following his failed title defense against current champion, Tyron Woodley in July 2016. His current record in the Octagon stands at 27-11 with 1 no contest.
Cerrone vs Lawler is seen as a crowd favorite fight. With both fighters having large fan bases and also being endeared with the fans, it is quite frustrating for the fans that the bout has failed to materialize once again. With both fighters known for their world class stand up abilities and dog fight like attitudes, this was expected to be potentially one of the best fights on the card. Cerrone has exceptional stand-up, particularly in Muay Thai. Robbie Lawler is also fantastic and entertaining on his feet, being one of few fighters to have won 3 or more "Fight of the Night" awards as well as being a knockout artist, his bouts against Rory MacDonald, for example, are considered to be some of the best bouts in recent memory.
The current UFC 213 card is being headlined by UFC women's bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko. With the event set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 8th. The card was initially set to be headlined by bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt vs TJ Dillashaw, following their build up on the UFC show, The Ultimate Fighter, following an injury to his back, Garbrandt was forced to pull out of the bout. Should the bout between Cerrone and Lawler be scheduled for UFC 214, July 29th in Anaheim, they will be joined on the card by the rematch of Lightheavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones as well as Cris Cyborg vs Tonya Evinger in the women's 145-pound division.