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UFC announces Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje to headline Vancouver event

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Lightweight fireworks are heading to British Columbia.

On Friday, the UFC officially announced that a lightweight scrap between Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje will headline the upcoming UFC Vancouver card. The bout was initially reported by Yahoo! Sports, who received confirmation from president Dana White.

Cerrone (36-12, 1 NC), a former UFC and WEC title challenger, is looking to get back into the win column after suffering an unusual TKO loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 238. “Cowboy” previously blitzed through Alexander Hernandez in January followed by a five-round beatdown of Al Iaquinta in May. These fights marked Cerrone’s return to the 155-pound division after spending three years at welterweight.

To date, Cerrone also holds several UFC records, including most most total wins (23), finishes (16), post-fight bonuses (17) and knockdowns (20).

Gaethje (20-2), a former World Series of Fighting champion, will look to make it three straight inside the Octagon. Most recently, “The Highlight” starched James Vick at UFC Lincoln followed by a first-round KO over Edson Barboza at UFC Philadelphia. Prior to this, Gaethje dropped pair of KO losses to current interim champion Dustin Poirier and former champion Eddie Alvarez, both of which earned him Fight of the Night honors.

The entire event goes down on Sept. 14 at Rogers Arena in in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Here is how the rest of the card stands:

Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje

Glover Teixeira vs. Nikita Krylov

David Branch vs. Andrew Sanchez

Marcin Tybura vs. Augusto Sakai

Uriah Hall vs. Antônio Carlos Júnior

Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes

Misha Cirkunov vs. Jimmy Crute