In a surprising twist, Donald Cerrone is now set to meet Bobby Green in the co-main event of UFC 178. After the main event between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier fell out due to an injury to the champ, Cerrone took to Twitter to announce his intentions of fighting on the card, and the contender has now got his wish. As a result, the featherweight contest between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will be the third fight on a stacked main card.
Early reports suggested that Cerrone would welcome Eddie Alvarez to the Octagon on the card, though this will not be the case. While it is not yet confirmed whether the UFC are in talks with Alvarez, it is certain that he will not meet Cerrone in his UFC debut. The Bellator champion had been linked with a move to the UFC for some time, and – after Scott Coker became chairman – reports suggested that the promotion were willing to move him on.
Donald Cerrone has won his last four, finishing all of his opponents by way of TKO or submission. Most recently, the former WEC title contender defeated Jim Miller via second round submission in his first UFC main event, marking his third win of 2014. While ‘Cowboy’ may not get his wish of fighting six times in 2014, he is slowly progressing towards a title shot, and is now ranked at #4.
Bobby Green was originally scheduled to face Jorge Masvidal on the card, potentially taking place on the preliminary card, though will instead fight in the co-main of a pay-per-view in his highest profile fight since joining the UFC. Green has impressed since signing with the promotion, winning his first four bouts including a surprise win over former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson in July.
Jorge Masvidal will now face James Krause on the UFC 178 card, with the bout expecting to take place on the preliminary card. Masvidal has gone 4-1 since entering the Octagon, while Krause has gone 2-1 including a win over Jamie Varner in his last outing.
— UFC (@ufc) August 15, 2014
UFC 178 will be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on September 27, headlined by a UFC flyweight title bout between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso.