UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: DOS ANJOS vs.COWBOY 2
It’ll be lights out in the Sunshine State when UFC® returns to Orlando with a lightweight championship title bout between newly-crowned champion Rafael Dos Anjos as he defends his title for the first time when he meets No. 2 contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. In the co-main event, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos clashes with former STRIKEFORCE® champion Alistair Overeem in a bout that could have major title implications in the wide open division. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: DOS ANJOS vs. COWBOY 2 will be the second consecutive championship bout to air nationally on FOX. UFC returns to the Amway Center on Saturday, December 19. Tickets on sale now to the general public.
After delivering one of the best performances of his career against Anthony Pettis at UFC 185, Dos Anjos (24-7, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) captured the 155-pound title, becoming the first Brazilian to hold the UFC lightweight championship. In addition to his impressive wins over former champion Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz, Dos Anjos also handed Cerrone his last loss back in 2013. The Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt will put his title on the line when he and his former foe meet again.
Since dropping a decision loss to the champion, Cerrone (28-6, 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) went on to dismantle the lightweight division by picking off some of the top contenders in one of the most talent-rich divisions in the sport. Undefeated in his last eight appearances, Cerrone has wins over the likes of Henderson, Eddie Alvarez, Myles Jury, Edson Barboza and Jim Miller. A Muay Thai expert who holds 15 wins by submission and five by knockout, Cerrone has proven he has the heart of a champion and is now looking for the belt to solidify his place atop of the division.
Setting the stage is former UFC heavyweight champion Dos Santos (17-3, fighting out of Salvador, Bahai, Brazil) who makes his long-awaited return against Overeem (39-14, 1NC, fighting out of Amsterdam, Netherlands), the former STRIKEFORCE heavyweight champion who owns 18 wins by knockout.
Plus, UFC FIGHT NIGHT showcases local talent as Orlando’s own Josh Samman will have home advantage when he meets Tamdan McCroy in a middleweight bout. Coconut Creek’s Powerhouse Gym, American Top Team, will be represented by 10th-ranked featherweight Nik Lentz, welterweight Hayder Hassan and featherweights Cole Miller and Jim Alers, while Boca Raton’s Michael Johnson, Kamaru Usman and Vicente Luque compete under the Blackzilians banner.
For a full list of bouts and the latest news, please check ufc.com.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: DOS ANJOS vs. CERRONE airs live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, December 19, with prelims kicking off the evening on FOX Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.
TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: DOS ANJOS vs. CERRONE: $50, $75, $90, $125, $175 & $258. Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com. Ticket limit is eight (8) per person. All dates, bouts, fighters and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue