Cerrone to face Gastelum at UFC 205

Donald Cerrone will take on Kevin Gastelum in a welterweight fight at UFC 205 in New York on November 12. 

UFC president Dana White confirmed the match-up when he spoke to ESPN on Wednesday. 

Cerrone was initially supposed to face former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, but that did not come to fruition as Lawler admitted that he wasn’t ready for return to the Octagon after losing his title to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 in July. 

Cerrone expressed his frustration after Lawler pulled out as he was determined to compete at UFC 205 as it is the first time UFC will hold an event in New York due to the 1997 ban on MMA only being lifted this year. 

The 33-year-old had also expressed interest in dropping back down to the lightweight division and facing current lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. 

Cerrone has won all three of his fights in the welterweight division and will be looking to keep that trend going when he steps into the Octagon at Madison Square Garden on November 12. Gastelum, meanwhile, won his last fight against Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision at UFC 200 on July 9.