RUMOR ALERT: Cerrone and Lawler Prepare for MSG Clash

RUMOR ALERT: Cerrone and Lawler Prepare for MSG Clash

MMA, Will Raczkowski

Hardcore fans and casual fans rejoice, the UFC seems intent on continuing its streak of crowd-pleasing fights to follow Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor’s scrap for the ages.

One fight removed from his devastating title loss to Tyron Woodley, former Welterweight kingpin and knockout artist “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler is rumored to be gearing up for a striker’s delight against fan-favorite and kickboxing expert Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at the UFC’s inaugural event at Madison Square Garden.

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Source: Steve Marcus/Getty Images North America

Long considered one of the sport’s premier Lightweight fighters, ‘Cowboy’ has pleased crowds for years with his devastating fast-paced striking style and penchant for head-kick knockouts.  That said, his quest for Lightweight gold was stalled by Rafael Dos Anjos, and Cerrone was forced to look for a new route to a title belt. However, the perennial lightweight contender appears to have completely reinvented himself as a welterweight, stopping the notoriously durable Patrick Cote and Rick Story by knockout, as well as knocking out fellow striker Alex Olivera in his welterweight debut.

Now, Cowboy will face easily the toughest competition of his career, as Lawler comes into this fight a former champion with a long history of severely injuring some of the world’s best fighters.

Lawler is a fighter who will go down as an all-time legend. Blessed with super-human knockout power,

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Source: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images North America

Lawler only seems to get more vicious, more powerful and more excited when the fists start flying and the blood starts pouring. His wars with Rory MacDonald, Johnny Hendricks and Carlos Condit are all ranked among some of the sports all-time best fights, and Lawler came out on the winning end of all of them…by devastating fashion.

This fight may be the fight needed to catapult ‘Cowboy’ into true super-stardom and give him an elusive second title-shot, while simultaneously proving to be Lawler’s chance at redemption and a second chance at gold of his own. Both fighters are some of the UFC’s all-time most exciting finishers, and are dedicated to fan-friendly fights. If the rumors are true, we have a serious contender for fight of the year between two of the best to ever step in the octagon.

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William Raczkowski

Will Raczkowski is a graduate of Bridgewater State University and UMass Boston, with degrees in American History and Corporate Communications. A lifelong athlete, Will discovered mixed martial arts while looking for something to fill the hole left after deciding not to pursue college football. He has trained with some of the top teams in New England, as well as some of the top fighters, and has spent the past 6 years dedicating himself to becoming as knowledgeable as possible about the sport. He has cornered and coached multiple fighters on the local level and currently serves on the coaching staff for Team EVT in Boston, MA. He also once crushed beers with Forrest Griffin, so you could say he’s pretty legit.

Outside of pugilistic pursuits, Raczkowski enjoys film, music and forcing his political ideologies on people via social media. He also works with Regional Fight Sports out of Rhode Island, a non profit dedicated to bringing scholarships to young fighters pursuing a college degree without the possibility of NCAA scholarship.

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