Already headlined by a blockbuster bantamweight title fight between Cody Garbrandt and T.J Dillashaw, UFC 213 has received a monumental boost with the addition of three mouth-watering bouts and a strong rumour of a second title fight.
International Fight Week!!
Lawler vs. Cerrone
Werdum vs. Overeem 3
Pettis vs. Miller
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) May 4, 2017
In a highly-anticipated welterweight bout, former champion Robbie Lawler will take on Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in his first fight since losing his 170 lbs crown at UFC 201. A Lawler – Cerrone fight had been pencilled in for UFC 205 in November of last year before Lawler postponed his return the cage citing the need for more time away from competition.
Also confirmed for the July 8th event is a trilogy fight between Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem with the interesting caveat that each fight has been contested under a different promotional banner. The rubber match between the former UFC heavyweight champion, Werdum, and former Strikeforce heavyweight champion, Overeem, will almost certainly see the winner become the number one contender for a heavyweight title fight.
The final bout confirmed for UFC 213 will see Anthony Pettis return to the lightweight division and take on veteran Jim Miller. After losing his lightweight title and the following two bouts, Pettis moved down to the featherweight division but found the further weight cut too trying and missed weight for an unsuccessful challenge at an interim 145 lbs title against Max Holloway. ‘Showtime’ will now return to the division where he won UFC gold and take on Jim Miller who most recently lost a majority decision to Dustin Poirier at UFC 208.
With three thrilling bouts set for UFC 213, the UFC are apparently looking to add a second title fight to the mix with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes rumoured to take on Valentina Shevchenko in the Brazilian’s second title defence.