(When Donald was finished with his country-glam-rock version of “Home Sweet Home,” there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Mostly because the audience had all left by then. Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)
It’s kind of a long story, but due to a series of injuries and replacements, a lightweight prelim between John Makdessi and Paul Taylor slated for UFC on Versus 5 (August 14th, Milwaukee) eventually morphed into an even more compelling matchup between lanky cowboy-hatted veteran Donald Cerrone and young submission ace Charles Oliveira. That’s the good news. The even-better news is that Cerrone vs. Oliveira has been bumped to the event’s main card due to its awesomeness.
Cerrone is on a four-fight win streak, which includes submission victories over Chris Horodecki and Paul Kelly, but caught some criticism in his last outing — a lopsided decision victory over Vagner Rocha at UFC 131 — for arguably playing it safe rather than going for a finish. Meanwhile, Oliveira’s last victory was recently overturned to a no-contest due to the fact that he set up his rear-naked choke submission against Nik Lentz with a very blatant illegal knee, which everybody in the building spotted except for the referee.
After the jump, the full lineup for UFC on Versus 5, which looks pretty damn entertaining for a free card.
C.B. Dollaway vs. Jared Hamman (MW)
Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann (LW)
Alex Caceres vs. Leonard Garcia (FW)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland (BW)
Cole Miller vs. T.J. O’Brien (LW)
Ed Herman vs. Kyle Noke (MW)
Edwin Figueroa vs. Jason Reinhardt (BW)
Karlos Vemola vs. Ronny Markes (LHW)