The year just continues to push forward for Donald Cerrone, as it is being reported that “Cowboy” will meet Nate Diaz on the main card for UFC 141 on December 30 from Las Vegas.

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.


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.