Cowboy vs. Cowboy. That will be your new main event for UFC Fight Night 83 in Pittsburgh ladies and gentlemen.
On Wednesday the UFC announced that Tim “Dirty Bird” Means had been flagged for a “potential Anti-Doping policy violation” that stemmed from an out-of-competition drug test with the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Tim Means initially denied the allegations on Twitter.
Consequently that forced the UFC to pull Means out of his headlining bout with Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 83 on February 21st. On Thursday, the UFC announced that Brazilian Lightweight Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira would be moving up to Welterweight to take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event.
Oliveira (14-2-1, 3-1 in UFC) has already competed twice at Welterweight inside the Octagon, going 2-0 against Joe Merrit and KJ Noons. Oliveira won’t be taking this short notice fight with any novice feeling as three of his four fights in the UFC came on short notice.
Cerrone (28-7, 15-4 in UFC) is moving up to Welterweight for the first time in his career. This is coming of the heels of a failed attempt at earning the UFC Lightweight championship where he fell to Rafael dos Anjos in the first round back in December. Prior to that loss, Donald had won eight straight with five finishes.