When Donald Cerrone recently agreed to take an injured John Makdessi’s place next month in Milwaukee at UFC Live 5 he did so with the belief he would be facing Paul Taylor. Now, in a twist of fate, it appears the 28-year old grappler will battle Brazilian blue-chipper Charles Oliveira at the August 14 event after it was announced Taylor had withdrawn from the event for undisclosed reasons.
News of the change in lineup was announced through the UFC’s website.
The dynamic “Do Bronx” has compiled a 14-1 record since turning pro at eighteen including success in the Octagon over Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner Efrain Escudero. However, as convincing as his performances have been thus far his last fight ended in controversy after Oliveira delivered an illegal knee to opponent Nik Lentz at UFC Live 4, then subsequently finished him off when the referee decided to allow action to continue rather than stop things to check on Lentz’s condition. The showing, though originally ruled a win, has since been ruled a “No Contest”.
“Cowboy” will be looking to rope in his fifth straight victory at the show with consecutive triumphs against Jamie Varner, Chris Horodecki, Paul Kelly, and most recently Vagner Rocha in June at UFC 131. Cerrone is 15-3 in his career with twelve submissions to his credit.
The two talented 155ers join a group at UFC Live 5 featuring Dan Hardy duking it out with Chris Lytle in the main event, in addition to a bout between top lightweight contenders Ben Henderson and Jim Miller as well as action from Joseph Benavidez, Leonard Garcia, Cole Miller, Amir Sadollah, and a number of other notable fighters.
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