Lightweights Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller have been given a quick turnaround, facing each other in the main event of the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Atlantic City, NJ. The card is set for July 16 at the Revel Casino-Hotel in Miller’s home state of New Jersey.
It was recently rumoured that Donald Cerrone’s next opponent could be Khabib Nurmagomedov, though it was revealed yesterday – first broke by Press of Atlantic City - that the UFC would be going in a different direction. The fight with Miller will mark Cerrone’s third in 2014, a year in which ‘Cowboy’ hopes to fight six times, and will be his fourteenth inside the Octagon after joining the promotion just over three years ago. With three wins in a row, the #7 spot in the rankings and a 10-3 record in the UFC, a win for Cerrone would be huge.
Jim Miller is a savvy veteran who is unbeaten in his last four, with wins over Joe Lauzon, Fabricio Camoes and – most recently – Yancy Medeiros. Like Cerrone, Miller fought in April and was victorious, and will hope to keep his unbeaten streak alive with a win over the former WEC title contender. With an impressive 13-3 (1 NC) record inside the Octagon, Miller has more than earned his spot at #9 in the lightweight rankings, and a win over Cerrone could propel the New Jersey favourite into the upper echelon of the division.
Cerrone vs. Miller is hitherto the only bout announced for the UFC Fight Night card in Atlantic City on July 16, though more details are likely to come within the next several weeks. This bout, scheduled for five rounds, could prove to be Fight of the Year, and poses some interesting questions in all facets of the sport.