Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was left without an opponent after his first scheduled fight in the UFC at welterweight with Tim Means hit a wall. The UFC announced on Wednesday that Means was flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a “potential Anti-Doping Policy violation” from an out of competition drug testing.
The UFC said in a statement regarding Means’ flagged testing, “because Means was scheduled to compete against Donald Cerrone on February 21 in Pittsburgh, there is insufficient time for a full review and proper promotion before the scheduled bout. As a result, UFC will announce shortly a replacement opponent for Cerrone on the UFC Fight Night card in Pittsburgh.”
Interestingly enough, another “Cowboy” has stepped up to the plate. Alex Oliveira who also has the nickname “Cowboy” like Cerrone has accepted to step in to fight Cerrone on short notice, according to Combate.
Oliveira, who has four fights in the UFC has stepped up to fight for the UFC again on short notice. Oliveira is on a three-fight win streak and will look to take on the biggest name he has fought in the UFC with Cerrone.
Donald Cerrone is coming off a loss against the UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Prior to the championship fight against dos Anjos, Cerrone was on an eight-fight winning streak in the lightweight division.
It looks to be an even matchup in the sense that Oliveira’s last fight also taking place at lightweight. This will be Cerrone’s first contest in the UFC at welterweight while Oliveira has stepped up to fight at welterweight twice prior to his last fight at 155 pounds against Piotr Hallmann.
Although the bout not officially announced by the UFC, which “Cowboy” would you pick in the welterweight bout? Share your pick with us in the comments!