Donald Cerrone said he wouldn’t leave Las Vegas until the UFC booked him another fight. Well, less than 48 hours removed from defeating Myles Jury in the UFC 182 co-main event on Saturday night, “Cowboy” has another fight.
UFC president Dana White announced the move Monday via Instagram. Another UFC official later told MMAWeekly.com that Alvarez pulled out of the fight due to personal issues.
The fight is one that Cerrone has wanted for quite some time, as he has twice lost to Henderson in the past, both times under the WEC banner. They once fought with the interim WEC lightweight championship up for grabs and the other time while Henderson held the full WEC lightweight championship.
Henderson (21-4) was working his way back to a shot at the UFC lightweight title that he lost to Anthony Pettis in 2013, until he met Rafael dos Anjos last August. In the bout, dos Anjos knocked the former titleholder out in the first round, giving Henderson his second loss in two years. This will be his first bout since losing to dos Anjos, who is the next challenger for Pettis.
With the recent win over Jury, Cerrone (26-6, 1 NC) is on a six-fight winning streak. Like Henderson, however, his last defeat was to dos Anjos.
Henderson vs. Cerrone will serve as the co-main event to the UFC Fight Night 59 headliner that features Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver at the TD Garden.