Eddie Alvarez vs. Donald Cerrone Official For UFC 178 Co-Main Event

The previously discussed UFC 178 bout between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez was thought to be only a rumor when it was announced that the surging Cerrone would take on rising lightweight Bobby “King” Green in the co-main event of the Sept. 27 card from Las Vegas.

But newly signed Bellator president Scott Coker kept saying he was in talks to get Bellator champion Alvarez released from his deal, and today, he delivered on that promise.

Speculation immediately shifted as to just whom Alvarez would face in his first bout, but that has been cleared up rather quickly.

According to an official announcement on UFC.com, Alvarez will in fact square off with Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC 178, making up some lost ground for a card that recently lost its awaited Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier headliner due to a “Bones” knee injury.

Five-year Bellator veteran Alvarez was last seen avenging his classic Bellator 58 loss to Michael Chandler by defeating the champion with a close split decision at last November’s Bellator 106. The longtime rivals were supposed to have their awaited trilogy match at Bellator’s inaugural pay-per-view (PPV) event of Bellator 120 in May, but those plans were nixed when Alvarez suffered an unfortunate concussion in training.

He’s now healed up and ready to take on the tall task of “Cowboy,” who has won four straight bouts with bonus winning finishes. He was most recently seen demolishing perennial Top 10-ranked lightweight Jim Miller with a vicious body kick at July’s UFC Fight Night 45 after finishing Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 11 in April.

Despite losing the media spectacle that Jones vs. Cormier had created following their infamous Media Day brawl, UFC 178 is still poised to be one of the most stacked PPV cards of the year.

Taking place live from the MGM Grand Garden, the event features a flyweight championship main event of Demetrious Johnson vs. Chris Cariaso, a heated featherweight showdown between Irish superstar Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, and the returns of both former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, who faces streaking Takeya Mizugaki, and No. 1-ranked women’s bantamweight Cat Zingano, who squares off with No. 7-ranked Amanda Nunes.

Green was originally slated to face dangerous Strikeforce vet Jorge Masvidal at UFC 178, but will now fight a yet-to-be-determined opponent on an upcoming card in November.



12 Comments

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    MagicMMA

    August 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Green was supposed to fight Masvidal on that card, then he got moved to a big fight with Cerrone, and now they kicked him off the card. Don't get me wrong this is exciting, but the least they could do is put Green back to original fight

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    TheXperience

    August 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    BEST news i've heard all day !!! I got Eddie…. and the avatar betting lines are open right now! :-D

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    griffin

    August 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Thank The Lord baby Jesus. Was wondering if I should or shouldn't buy since the main is squash match but now it's a no brainer. Eddie gonna whoop the boots off cowboy. Hopefully he gets pettis Melendez winner in march

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    azzkika

    August 19, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Eddie in at the deep end. He is an awesome fighter but I think the depth the UFC has to offer will test other areas of his game far more than in Bellator.

    Cerrone is a tough debut. Surprised the UFC give him Cerrone. Brilliant match up and will sell, but Cerrone is one of those fighters who can end fights very quick given half a chance with slick submission skills. A loss for Alvarez and his stock drops. I would have thought they'd give him something easier first time out.

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    ripstic5021

    August 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    This is awesome, finally we get to see how Alvarez matches up to the top lightweights in the world. I have no idea who is going to win this fight but I will say this, Cerrone has looked like an absolute beast in his last 4 fights and this is a true test and measuring stick for Eddie. I have no idea who has the edge in this fight skill wise but I think Cerrone has an advantage with his hot streak and his confidence has to be at an all time high. On the other hand Eddie has a lot of experience and has a lot to prove in the UFC and the only thing I know for sure is this fight is going to be very exciting.

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