Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has agreed to face Jim Miller at UFC 276 on July 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC officials.
The short-notice fight is the latest twist in a wild month for Cerrone (36-16), who replaces Miller’s original opponent Bobby Green. The fight will take place at the welterweight limit of 170 pounds. UFC 276 takes place at T-Mobile Arena.
Cerrone, 39, was scheduled to face Joe Lauzon at UFC 274 on May 7 but was forced to pull out the day of the fight due to food poisoning. The UFC rescheduled that match to last weekend’s UFC Fight Night in Austin; however, he collapsed again on the scheduled day when Lauzon suffered a freak leg injury.
One of the most popular fighters in the UFC for years, Cerrone admitted his career was coming to an end. He expressed a desire to reach 50 appearances under the WEC and UFC combined. He needs three more fights to reach that mark, which has never been reached in MMA history.
The Albuquerque-based fighter is also looking forward to fighting in front of his two sons, in front of a crowd. He hasn’t fought in front of a crowd since facing Conor McGregor in January 2020 in Las Vegas.
The new matchup is a rematch of a lightweight bout in July 2014. Cerrone defeated Miller (34-16) via TKO amid what would become an eight-fight winning streak. Cerrone used that streak to make a run to the UFC title in 2015, where he came up short against then-champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Cerrone’s two fights against Lauzon were booked at lightweight, and he managed to make weight for each.