A pivotal lightweight clash has been added to the eleventh instalment of UFC action on Fox, which is set for April 19 at the Anway Centre in Orlando, FL. Donald Cerrone will square off against Edson Barboza in a match-up between two of the most respected strikers in the 155lbs division.
Cerrone is coming into the bout off a highlight reel knockout victory over Adriano Martins at UFC on Fox 10, which took his UFC record to 9-3. He has now won two in a row, both finishes, and is currently ranked #8 by the UFC as of February 4. With wins over the likes of Melvin Guillard, Charles Oliveira and Evan Dunham also on ‘Cowboy’s resumé, he has proven his worth as a top 10 fighter. His only losses in the UFC have come to Rafael Dos Anjos, Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis – the former two being ranked contenders, and the latter being the current lightweight champion.
The Colorado native recently stated that he is hoping to fight as many as six times this year, after fighting four times in 2013 and going 2-2. With a win over the talented Edson Barboza, it would be no surprise to see ‘Cowboy’ fighting a top 5 contender. Now 30, time may be running out for Cerrone to make a serious run at the title, but finishes over Martins and Dunham certainly did his chances no harm.
Edson Barboza, meanwhile, has just one blemish in his 14 professional fights, with a TKO loss to former WEC champ Jamie Varner at UFC 146. However, he bounced back from the sole loss with three wins in a row, most recently over Danny Castillo in a come-from-behind majority decision in which he was close to being finished in the first round. Barboza is best known for his brutal muay thai, mostly his cringeworthy leg kicks, but also holds a black belt in taekwondo. Currently ranked #11 in the stacked lightweight division, Barboza may need to string together a few wins before being considered for a title shot, but, with wins over Terry Etim, Ross Pearson and the aforementioned Castillo on his record, a win over Cerrone will put him in contention.
UFC on Fox 11 is headlined by a crucial heavyweight tilt between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne.