Donald Cerrone to make Lightweight return at ESPN+ Brooklyn
Fan favorite Donald Cerrone will be heading back down to lightweight. After his recent win at UFC Denver, Cerrone announced he would be heading back down to lightweight to make a run for the title, and it appears that will happen.
According to MMAJunkie’s Mike Bohn, the UFC is targeting Cerrone vs Alex Hernandez for the ESPN debut on January 19.
Cerrone last fought against Mike Perry in November in which he won the fight by submission. ‘Cowboy’ is currently 34-11 as a professional and got back to his winning ways after losing to Leon Edwards before defeating Perry. Previously, Cerrone lost three in a row to Jorge Masvidal, Robbie Lawler and Darren Till.
Arguably Cerrone’s best time as a UFC fighter was at lightweight where he fought for the belt but lost to Rafael Dos Anjos. Ultimately, ‘Cowboy’ has had notable wins at lightweight over Eddie Alvarez, Benson Henderson, Edson Barboza, and several others.
Meanwhile, Hernandez last fought at UFC Calgary in July in which he defeated Olivier Aubin-Mercier by unanimous decision in his second UFC fight. In his debut, Hernandez took on Beneil Dariush on short notice and knocked him out in just 42 seconds.
Hernandez is currently ranked 12th in the lightweight division and a win over Cerrone would surely see him rise in the rankings. Meanwhile, for Cerrone, he gets an opportunity to start to work his way up to an eventual title shot, and with a win over Hernandez would join the rankings and possibly could see himself into the top-10.
Cerrone was previously linked to fighting Conor McGregor but UFC President Dana White denied those rumors and it appears to be true. Hernandez vs Cerrone should be a great fight.
Check out the current UFC on ESPN+ 1 Fight Card below:
Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC flyweight title fight
Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez
Rachael Ostovich vs. Paige VanZant
Ion Cutelaba vs. Glover Teixeira
Allen Crowder vs. Greg Hardy
Geoff Neal vs. Belal Muhammad
Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira
Randy Brown vs. Chance Rencountre
Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski