Cerrone (17-3) defeated Dennis Siver via Rear-Naked Choke this past weekend at UFC 137 to secure his sixth straight victory. He is now 4-0 in the UFC and has not lost since a 2010 setback to Ben Henderson in WEC for the lightweight title.
Diaz (14-7) last stopped Takanori Gomi earlier this year at UFC 135 to put an end to a two-fight losing streak with a “Submission of the Night” showing. Diaz, the brother of UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, is now 3-2 in his last five bouts.
News of the match-up was first reported by MMAJunkie.
UFC 141 will feature a main event of former heavyweight champions, as Brock Lesnar meets Alistair Overeem on the pay-per-view card. The winner of Lesnar-Overeem will become the new #1 contender to the UFC heavyweight title.
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MMATraining Take: This is a much better match for Cerrone than Nam Phan, as it keeps him in the lightweight division. Despite Cerrone wanting to face Phan for his teammate, Leonard Garcia, a win over Diaz puts “Cowboy” right in the thick of things for the UFC lightweight title. This is also a great test for Diaz, as he gets to meet one of the hottest fighters in all of MMA right now.