… and they fight this weekend. (Insert *Shocked* Emoji)
Former UFC lightweight champ, Ben “Smooth” Henderson was poised to face former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez, this weekend at UFC Fight Night Boston.
Instead, and on two-weeks notice, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is coming in for an injured Eddie Alvarez.
Just a minor detail in agenda for “Bendo”, who tells the story to FOX Sports:
“I didn’t hear about it from the UFC at all. No one officially called me or called my manager or my coach. No one consulted with us or asked us if we would take the fight first. It was actually Cowboy who texted me first saying ‘Hey bro, nothing personal, it’s just business, nothing but love,’ and I said ‘Oh, cool’. I had no idea what he was talking about. I go on Twitter and look it up and go ‘Oh, I see, Eddie Alvarez just got hurt.’ So I said ‘See you in Boston in a couple of weeks.’ “
“That’s how I found out. Anytime, anywhere, anybody in the 155-pound division, let’s do it. I’ll fight anybody tomorrow. Five-round fight? Let’s do it. I’ll fight anybody. Cowboy on two weeks notice? No problem. I was a little surprised of the process and how it went down and how I found out. I wasn’t asked or anything, but it is what it is. I like to roll with the punches.”
In a separate interview with MMAJunkie.com, “Bendo” Divulged even further details:
“I did not know Alvarez was hurt at all; I was not aware until Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone himself texted me. He hits me up and says, ‘Nothing personal, just business.’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about, man?’ He said to go online and on social media. I got on there and saw the news. I was like, ‘Oh, I see what you’re saying. I’ll see you in a couple weeks. I wasn’t given a heads-up, UFC didn’t call me, and they didn’t call my manager. They didn’t ask me, and I’ve still not talked to any UFC person about switching my opponent. I found out through social media, but I was down as soon as ‘Cowboy’ texted me.”