‘Cowboy’ Cerrone steps in to face Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night in Boston
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone wasn’t going to leave Las Vegas until he had another fight booked and as it turns out, he won’t have to wait very long.
Following an injury to Eddie Alvarez that forced him out of his upcoming bout at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver, Cerrone has been selected to face former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the new co-main event.
UFC officials announced the pairing on Monday.
Cerrone just fought over the weekend, scoring a unanimous decision victory against previously undefeated lightweight Myles Jury. Cerrone asked during the post-fight press conference to fight as early as UFC Fight Night in Denver on Feb 14, but it seems he’ll only have to wait about two weeks to fight again instead.
The most interesting part about this matchup for Cerrone is the chance to avenge two previous losses to Henderson when the two fighters were competing in the WEC.
Henderson bested Cerrone in 2009 in a fight widely considered the best of the entire year. The two lightweights rematched seven months later with Henderson securing a much quicker win as he submitted Cerrone via guillotine choke in less than two minutes.
Now Cerrone gets a chance to avenge his previous losses to Henderson while looking to go 2-0 in 2015 before the first month comes to an end.
UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver takes place from the TD Garden Arena in Boston on Sunday, January 18 with Cerrone vs. Henderson set as the co-headliner to the featherweight main event between Conor McGregor and Dennis Siver.