2019 has its front runner for the ‘Fight of the Year’ award.
As confirmed by Yahoo Sports through UFC president Dana White, top lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje and Donald Cerrone will meet in a five-round main event in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 14th.
Both Gaethje and Cerrone are famed for their all-action approach to fighting and as a result have a combined 45 stoppage victories in a total of 56 career wins.
Gaethje (20-2) will enter UFC Fight Night 158 off of the back of two knockout wins against James Vick and Edson Barboza. ‘The Highlight’ has gone 3-2 since signing with the UFC in 2017 and has claimed six post-fight bonuses in that time. The former WSOF lightweight champion is currently ranked #5 in the UFC’s 155 lbs rankings.
Cerrone (36-12,1 NC) meanwhile saw a three-fight winning streak snapped in his last outing after suffering a TKO loss via doctor’s stoppage to Tony Ferguson at UFC 238. ‘Cowboy’ currently sits as the #4 ranked contender by UFC’s lightweight rankings and holds the promotion’s record for most wins (23), most finishes (16) and most post-fight bonuses (18).
With the addition of its headline act, UFC Fight Night 158 is now slated to feature:
- Justin Gaethje vs. Donald Cerrone
- Glover Teixeira vs. Nikita Krylov
- Misha Cirkunov vs. Jimmy Crute
- David Branch vs. Andrew Sanchez
- Marcin Tybura vs. Augusto Sakai
- Uriah Hall vs. Antônio Carlos Júnior
- Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes