This comes just a week after Corrone’s original opponent, former champ Robbie Lawler, pulled out of the fight after deciding he needed more time to recover form his recent knockout loss to Tyron Woodley in July.
Gastelum (13-2), the winner of the The Ultimate Fighter 17, is coming offa decision over former champion Johnny Hendricks at UFC 200 in July. This got him back in the win column after dropping a close split decision to Neil Magny in the main event of the TUF: Latin America 2 Finale last November.
Prior his loss to Magny, the Arizona native defeated longtime UFC veteran and former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt at UFC 188. He will enter this contest with eight career stoppage wins and a UFC record of 6-2.
Cerrone (30-7) has yet to taste defeat since making the jump up to 170-pounds. In his most recent fight, ‘Cowboy’ finished veteran Rick Story at UFC 202. This marked the third straight stoppage win for the Jackson-Winkeljohn product. He previously submitted Alex Olivera at UFC Fight Night 83 and scored a violent TKO over Patrick Cote at UFC Fight Night 89.
These two wins got Cerrone back on track after suffering 66-second TKO loss to former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in their title fight at UFC on FOX 17. This marked his second loss to dos Anjos, prompting the move up in weight classes. Prior to this setback, Cerrrone had rattled off eight straight wins as a member of the UFC’s 155-pound division. He currently holds 23 career stoppage wins, including 16 by way of submission.
UFC 205 will go down on November 12 Madison Square Garden in New York City. This historic event will mark the UFC’s first event in the State of New York.