By: Joey Blood
UFC on ESPN+ 16 will take place tomorrow September 14, 2019 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver British Columbia in which the main event is a battle of two top five lightweights as former title challenger and number four ranked lightweight contender Donald Cerrone (36-12-1) 23-9 in UFC will take on former WSOF lightweight champion and number five ranked lightweight Justin Gaethje (20-2) 3-2 in UFC in what will be a battle no fan should miss.
Ever since joining the UFC back in 2011 “Cowboy” has entertained the fans with his elite kickboxing skills and very dangerous ground game. He holds notable wins over Benson Henderson, Eddie Alvarez and Matt Brown. In 2016 he moved up to welterweight where he went 6-4 but eventually moving back to 155 pounds earlier this year where he won two straight. His last outing was against former interim champion Tony Ferguson in which Cerrone lost due to doctor stoppage. With a quick turnaround, Cowboy is looking to make a statement and if he can get a finish over a top five opponent he will for sure be in talk for title contention for the second time in his UFC career.
His opponent is no stranger to the main event scene as well. When “The Highlight” made his UFC debut back in 2017 he was already a world champion in another organization but wanted to test his skills against the best in the world in the UFC. With a successful UFC debut, his next two fights were fight of the nights but unfortunately he came up short in both outings. With devastating leg kicks, an iron chin and constant pressure, Gaethje has knocked out his last two opponents in the first round (James Vick, Edson Barboza) and if he can make it a third straight knockout win against a former number one contender than there will be no denying that he deserves to be in talk of a title shot.
Which fighter will take the victory and move one step closer to a UFC Lightweight Championship opportunity? Find out Saturday September 14, 2019 on ESPN+
FULL MAIN EVENT FIGHT CARD:
Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje
Glover Teixeria vs. Nikita Krylov
Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes
Michel Pereira vs. Tristan Connelly
Antonio Carlos Jr. Vs. Uriah Hall
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