As first reported by ESPN on Friday, Cowboy Cerrone will look to snap the worst losing streak of his career against Niko Price next month.
Cerrone (36-15) and Price (14-4) are set to meet in a welterweight match-up on September 19, at an event yet to be officially announced by the promotion. However, it is expected that the card will take place at the UFC Apex, where the organization has holed up for the entire month of August. ESPN, which is the official UFC broadcaster, has the card listed as UFC 253.
A perennial favorite among fans and one of the most reliable entertainers the UFC has ever seen, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone holds numerous UFC records including most finishes and most post-fight bonuses, and is currently tied for most fights in the octagon (with Jim Miller, who will pull into the lead this weekend at UFC 252).
However, the past twelve months or so have not been kind to the popular lightweight (and sometimes welterweight). Since June of 2019 he has lost four straight bouts, to Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor, and Anthony Pettis. It’s worth noting that all four have worn gold in the UFC’s 155lb division, however.
Price, meanwhile, will enter what is expected to be a shootout with Cowboy off a loss to Vicente Luque. Price has been trading wins and losses of late, going 3-3 across his last six bouts. The fight with Luque at UFC 249 was his second loss to the Brazilian.