Donald Cerrone said he wants to fight six times in 2014. Just a week after his first fight of the year, he has his next scheduled in what should be an explosive matchup.
The “Cowboy” has agreed to take on dynamic Muay Thai stylist Edson Barboza at the April UFC on FOX event in Orlando, the UFC confirmed to FOX Sports on Monday.
The bout features two of the division’s most exciting fighters. Cerrone has won eight nightly awards in his 12 UFC bouts while Barboza has captured five in eight trips to the octagon.
Cerrone, ranked eighth in the most recent UFC lightweight rankings, is coming off two straight finish wins. In his most recent win, he stopped Adriano Martins in a Jan. 25 Knockout of the Night performance. Prior to that, he choked out Evan Dunham with a triangle at last November’s UFC 167. That win also captured him a nightly bonus award for Submission of the Night.
Altogether, Cerrone (22-6, 1 no contest) has won three of his last four.
A win would serve as a key step forward for the 28-year-old Barboza, who is bidding to break into the top 10 for the first time. Currently slotted at No. 11, he’s won three straight, with victories over Danny Castillo (majority decision), Rafaello Oliveira (TKO) and Lucas Martins (submission due to punches). Barboza has only one loss in his career, standing 13-1.
The Orlando show takes place at the Amway Center on April 19 and features a main event starring heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne. The winner is likely to challenge Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight championship upon his return from injury.