UFC president Dana White announced that the duel between Donald Cerrone and former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler is slated for the first UFC to be held in New York. In an interview with CBS Radio, Dana confirmed that the fight will take place on November 12 at Madison Square Garden.
After losing to Rafael dos Anjos in the lightweight title fight, Cerrone changed categories and won three fights in the welterweight division, with wins over Alex Oliveira, Patrick Coté and Rick Story.
Robbie Lawler is coming off a loss to Tyron Woolley, when was knocked out in the first round and saw the UFC belt change hands. Before the defeat, Lawler had been successful in two title defenses.
This was the second fight announced for UFC 205. The other match announced for NY will be between the lightweights Thiago Alves and Al Iaquinta.