Bobby Green Out, Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller 2 Booked For UFC 276
Bobby Green is absent from next week’s fight against Jim Miller for undisclosed reasons. Cowboy Cerrone will take his spot against Jim Miller at UFC 276 at 170 pounds, per UFC. Miller’s 40th UFC fight, Cowboy’s 38th (and 48th UFC/WEC appearance combined). pic.twitter.com/qm738luENS
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June 23, 2022
It looks like the Ultimate Fighting Championship is going from Donald Cerrone to Joe Lauzon at the moment.
On Thursday, Bobby Green is no longer able to compete at UFC 276 on July 2. In his place against Jim Miller (34-16, 1 NC) will be former opponent Donald Cerrone (36-16, 2 NC). The two will compete at welterweight, instead of Miller’s original planned weight class against Green at 155 pounds, likely due to the short-notice nature of the opponent switch. The two first met at UFC Fight Night 45 in the main event of their 2014 clash, and Cerrone won in a back-and-forth by headbutt knockout.
While Cerrone beat Miller amid what became an eight-fight winning streak culminating in an unsuccessful title shot against Rafael dos Anjos, Cerrone has had a tough time in recent years. His only bright spot, a draw with Niko Price due to a point deduction for Price, is interspersed with five defeats, four of them by knockout. ‘Cowboy’ hasn’t raised a hand in victory since beating Al Iaquinta in five rounds in 2019. Despite that, Cerrone is tied with Miller and Andrei Arlovski for the most wins in club history. organization with 23. This matchup will therefore be between the winningest fighters in UFC history, with 46 combined triumphs going into their rematch.
Although Cerrone has struggled lately, Miller has shined. A one-punch knockout of Erick Gonzalez in October 2021 ended a two-fight decision skid against Vinc Pichel and Joe Solecki, and he followed that performance by beating Nikolas Motta in the second round in February. Miller will become the first fighter to amass 40 UFC appearances, while “Cowboy” will compete in his 38th fight inside the Octagon. The two combine for a substantial 31 post-fight bonus – although that total is less than the scuttled Cerrone-Lauzon tilt that would have totaled 33 had they stayed together.
The UFC 276 blockbuster will open the doors to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 2 with a stacked offer bringing two more title fights. The main event will see Israel Adesanya looking to keep an iron fist on his middleweight throne against knockout artist Jared Cannonier. In the co-headlining position, Alexander Volkanovski will be looking to complete his trilogy with Max Holloway in his favour, with the featherweight bracelet on the line. The rest of the main card sees Sean Strickland take on Alex Pereira at middleweight, a possible flyweight title eliminator between Lauren Murphy and Miesha Tate and a bantamweight battle between Pedro Munhoz and Sean O’Malley.