And so it begins.
It appears as though the mega slug-fest that was set to go down between former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 205 in New York is off.
According to a report from TMZ, Lawler has been forced to pull out from the contest for reasons unknown, but the plan is to still have ‘Cowboy’ compete on the massive card.
Lawler’s last Octagon appearance saw him lose his welterweight crown to current titleholder Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley via round one knockout in the main event of UFC 201 this past July.
‘Ruthless’ was then booked to clash with Cerrone in a fight that had mixed martial arts (MMA) fans chomping at the bit to witness, but alas, it’s no longer to be.
Cerrone has been on quite the tear as of late since making the jump to 170 pounds, as he most recently defeated No. 11-ranked Rick ‘The Horror’ Story at UFC 202 last month with a vicious combination of strikes.
Fans can still rejoice in the fact that ‘Cowboy’ will still be competing at the history making card from Madison Square Garden, but the loss of the matchup against Lawler is certainly one that stings.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more…
UFC 205 will air live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Madison Square Garden arena in New York City on November 12, 2016.