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There's bad news and good news regarding one of the most anticipated UFC fights of 2017

Here’s hoping it’s third time lucky for Cerrone and Lawler.

Donald Cerrone, who'll now face Robbie Lawler at UFC 214.
Donald Cerrone, who'll now face Robbie Lawler at UFC 214.
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UFC 213′s loss is UFC 214′s gain.

MMA fans have been expressing their disappointment over the past few days after it emerged that Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone was set to miss his clash with Robbie Lawler.

Cerrone was due to face the former welterweight champion this Saturday night at UFC 213 in Las Vegas, but a staph infection forced him to withdraw.

It’s the second time the meeting of the two fan favourites has fallen through. They were originally booked to meet last November at UFC 205 until Lawler pulled out due to requiring more time to recover from losing his title via KO to Tyron Woodley.

But the good news — as reported by Lance Pugmire of the LA Times and MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani — is that the fight has already been rescheduled, and fans won’t have to wait too long to see it. Cerrone and Lawler have now been added to the stacked bill for UFC 214, which takes place on Saturday, 29 July in Anaheim, California.

Lawler hasn’t fought since the aforementioned defeat to Woodley in July of last year. The 35-year-old had dethroned Johny Hendricks in December 2014 before defending the strap against Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit.

After losing to Rafael dos Anjos in a lightweight title bout in December 2015, Cerrone moved up to welterweight and recorded wins over Alex Oliveira, Patrick Cote, Rick Story and Matt Brown. Jorge Masvidal gave the 34-year-old his first taste of defeat at 170lbs via second-round TKO in January.

UFC 214 will also feature three title fights. Daniel Cormier will defend the light-heavyweight belt against Jon Jones. Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino and Tonya Evinger will compete for the vacant women’s featherweight belt. Tyron Woodley will put his welterweight strap on the line against Demian Maia.

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