By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
A key welterweight scrap will take place this July in Las Vegas as ESPN’s Brett Okamoto just announced that former UFC welterweight title holder “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler will return to action against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 213.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 3, 2017
Robbie Lawler was most recently seen in action in the headlining bout of July’s UFC 201 pay-per-view event against Tyron Woodley.
Unfortunately for fans of “Ruthless”, Lawler suffered a first-round knockout at the hands of “The Chosen One”, surrendering his UFC welterweight title in the process.
Prior to the setback, Lawler had strung together an impressive five-fight win streak which included victories over Jake Ellenberger, Matt Brown, Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald and most recently Carlos Condit.
As for Donald Cerrone, “Cowboy” was last seen in action at January’s UFC on FOX 23 event where he suffered a second-round TKO loss to surging division contender Jorge Masvidal.
Prior to the setback, Cerrone had put together a four-fight win streak which saw him score finishes over Alex Oliveira, Patrick Cote, Rick Story and most recently Matt Brown.
This marks the second time that Lawler and Cerrone have been booked for a fight.
The UFC had originally attempted to have “Cowboy” and “Ruthless” square off at this past November’s UFC 205 event in New York, but Lawler eventually withdrew from the proposed bout as he needed more time to recover from his setback to Woodley.
UFC 213 takes place July 8 live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The only other bout currently announced for the pay-per-view card is a heavyweight contest between former division champion Fabricio Werdum and recent title challenger Alistair Overeem.
Who do you think will emerge victorious when Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler throw down at UFC 213 on July 8 in Sin City?