Undefeated lightweight John Makdessi has been replaced by WEC standout Donald Cerrone in a scheduled bout with 11-6-1 Paul Taylor at UFC Live 5 after having to withdraw from the event due to an undisclosed injury. Though not necessarily the organization’s original plan, Cerrone and Taylor’s pairing should absolutely provide fireworks in the cage when considering both men combined to net nine “Fight of the Night” honors under the Zuffa banner.
The lightweights’ future meeting in Milwaukee was first revealed through the UFC’s website.
When the 15-3 “Cowboy” suits up on August 14 he will be looking to build on a four-fight run of success with his most recent performance occurring earlier this month at UFC 131 and resulting in a Unanimous Decision win against Vagner Rocha. The submission savvy Cerrone’s streak also includes victories over Paul Kelly, Chris Horodecki, and Jamie Varner.
While Taylor has not experienced Cerrone’s overall success as of late with a 4-5 in the Octagon, the always entertaining Brit has only been finished a single time since joining the UFC in 2007 and flattened Gabe Ruediger with a second round headkick at UFC 126. The February match-up marked the second for Taylor since dropping down from welterweight to 155-pounds with a Split Decision defeat to Sam Stout in the previous outing.
UFC Live 5 is set to be headlined by Dan Hardy taking on Chris Lytle and will also feature a battle between top lightweight contender Jim Miller and former WEC champ Ben Henderson plus talented 135ers Joseph Benavidez and Eddie Wineland dueling it out in earlier main card action.
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