The injury bug has taken a big bite out of UFC 213, which goes down on July 8 in Las Vegas. According to a report from MMAFighting.com, Donald Cerrone has sustained an injury in training that is likely to force him out of his anticipated UFC 213 bloodletting with former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler. Apparently, however, the injury is not too severe, and the fight could be rescheduled for UFC 214, which goes down on July 29 in Anaheim.
This marks the second time this all-violence Cerrone vs. Lawler bout has been nixed. The bout was originally scheduled for the blockbuster UFC 205 back in November, but was unfortunately scrapped just days after it was announced when Lawler withdrew.
Shortly thereafter, Cerrone returned to the Octagon for a December scrap with Matt Brown, which he won by knockout. He then took to the cage once more in January, this time losing by knockout to the dangerous Jorge Masvidal. He has not competed since.
Lawler, meanwhile, has gone even longer without a fight. His last fight occurred all the way back in July of 2016, when he surrendered the UFC welterweight title to Tyron Woodley, succumbing to a thunderous, first-round knockout. He preceded this knockout loss with action packed title defenses against Carlos Condit and Rory MacDonald.
UFC 213 will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight between champ Amanda Nunes and challenger Valentina Shevchenko. The co-headlining bout, meanwhile, will see Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker collide for interim middleweight gold. The card’s original main event, a bantamweight title fight between champ Cody Garbrandt and former champ TJ Dillashaw, was also cancelled due to injury.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/27/2017.