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Cowboy accepts UFC offer to fight Cerrone

Alex Oliveira accepted another fight on short notice, this time against Donald Cerrone, following Tim Means' positive drug test, which forced him out of the fight on February 21.

Donald Cerrone
Donald Cerrone
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Ever the company man, Alex "Cowboy" Oliveira has accepted yet another call to fight on short notice. This time around, against the biggest opponent of his career, who happens to share his nickname, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, who lost his adversary when Tim Means tested positive for a banned substance.

As Combate reported, the UFC called Oliveira to fill in for Means and the Brazilian promptly accepted their request.

A lightweight, Oliveira has already fought twice at welterweight in the UFC when  he beat both Joe Merritt and KJ Noons. Back to his original division last November, he scored a "Performance of The Night" KO when he defeated Piotr Hallmann in the third round, which also marked his third UFC win in a row.

Fighting for the first time at welterweight in the UFC, Cerrone looks for a fresh start after having his eight-fight winning streak snapped by lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in brutal fashion when he was knocked 66 seconds into their title fight last December.

Donald Cerrone will meet Alex Oliveira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 83 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on February 21.

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