June 24. Edgewood resident Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who was denied a fight due to food poisoning in May and an unusual injury to his opponent in June, has now scheduled the fight for July.
What could possibly go wrong?
As first reported by ESPN, Cerrone (36-16) is expected to replace Bobby Green as a lightweight contender against veteran Jim Miller (34-16) on July 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cerrone on Thursday confirmed the news on his Instagram account with photos of himself and Miller, writing, “And then it happened!!”
The Cerrone-Miller fight will match – a rematch, really – two fighters who sit at the top of several UFC lists.
Miller leads with 39 UFC appearances. Cerrone is third with 37. Miller and Cerrone are tied for first in UFC wins with Andrey Arlovsky (23).
Cerrone is in second place with 16 points. Miller is third with 15 points.
On July 16, 2014, Cerrone defeated Miller via TKO in the second round (punches and kicks) in the main event of the UFC Fight Night card in Atlantic City, New Jersey. That may be why Cerrone was listed as the 2-1 favorite on Thursday despite losing his last five fights. Miller has won three of his last five.
Miller, 38, also represents just that kind of opponent — a fellow veteran, not a young up-and-comer — that Cerrone, 39, prefers in his quest to make 50 fights under the Zuffa (WEC-UFC) banner before he retires. Cerrone claims to have had 48 fights on these tracks, although his fight lists are on tapology.com as well as sherdog.com show only 47.
BOXING: Albuquerque junior flyweight Abraham Perez (4-0, two KOs) is slated to head the Legacy Promotions card Aug. 13 at the Manuel Lujan Jr. Fairgrounds at Expo New Mexico.
Perez, the Golden Gloves winner, US boxing and Olympic amateur champion, will play Isaac Anguiano (3-0, one KO) of Pomona, California.
As first reported cagedminds.comthe card also includes a bout between Katherine Lindenmuth of Bosque Farms (1-0) and India Smith of Dallas (3-5-2, one KO) and a heavyweight bout between Manuel Eastman of Los Lunas (3-6-1, one KO) ) and Leonid Grachev from Albuquerque (4-0, three knockouts).
Perez took a unanimous decision victory over Mexican Alejandro Moreno (24-50-3, 11 KOs) on Isidro Castillo’s card at Ruidoso Downs last Saturday.
BKFC: The nation’s premier boxing arena has scheduled an event celebrating the women’s flyweight title fight between South Carolina’s Taylor Starling (3-0) and California’s Christine Ferea (5-1) at the Rio Rancho Events Center on August 27 at the Rio Rancho Events Center. in the main event.
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It is expected that several fighters from Albuquerque will appear on the map.
An earlier BKFC card scheduled at the Events Center last December fell through after contract talks with Albuquerque MMA veteran Diego Sanchez fell through.
CLOSING: MMA strawweight Lydia Warren, who trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Wink, defeated Sidney Smith via unanimous decision on the June 3 IKON FC card in Richmond, Virginia.
On the same card, former Albuquerquean and three-time NCAA wrestling champion Bo Nickal made his professional MMA debut by defeating John Noland via TKO in the first round (punches) in a middleweight bout.
Nickal (1-1) fought for Rio Rancho High School in eighth grade before his family moved to Texas. He wrestled collegiately at Penn State where he won national titles from 2017 to 2019.