Cowboy vs. Matt Brown Set for UFC 206
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone was heartbroken today, as he learned that his UFC 205 opponent Kelvin Gastelum would not make weight and his fight was cancelled. A silver lining has emerged, as Cowboy has reportedly been rescheduled for UFC 206 against an intriguing opponent in Matt Brown.
Damon Marton of Fox Sports first broke the news.
Cerrone, one of the most active fighters in the UFC, had a tumultuous road to UFC 205 in New York City. He was originally slated to face former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at the inaugural Madison Square Garden show, but Lawler withdrew from the contest shortly after it was announced. Cowboy was rebooked against Kelvin Gastelum.
This morning, Cowboy weighed in at the welterweight limit of 170 lbs. Shortly thereafter, he learned that Gastelum was not even close to the weight limit and was as heavy as 180 lbs. The New York State Athletic Commission has a rule that states that Cerrone and Gastelum would have to be within seven pounds of each other. Because Cerrone had already weighed in, there was nothing they could change. The fight was called off.
The UFC quickly scrambled to find a new fight for Cowboy, and ended up with Matt Brown on the December pay-per-view in Toronto. UFC 206 was in the need of more big-name fights, and a solid scrap between two action-fighters like Cerrone and Brown fit the bill.
Brown has lost two straight, succumbing to Demian Maia and Jake Ellenberger this year. Cerrone has looked near-unstoppable at welterweight, winning three fights by stoppage since moving up from 155 lbs.
UFC 206 is headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.