Sunday Night, February 21 the UFC is back in Pittsburg, PA for UFC Fight Night 83. This is a true wild west showdown as we get to see Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone face off against Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira in the night’s main event. In the co-main event, Derek Brunson will meet Roan Carneiro in a fight that could catapult the winner into the top 10. Also on the main card are two undefeated fighters in Team Alpha Male’s 7-0 Cody Gambrandt and Brazil’s Agusto Mendes (5-0). Earlier in the evening on UFC Fight Pass are two women’s bantamweight bouts that have the potential to steal the show. First, Lauren Murphy (8-2) will face Kelly Faszholz (3-0). The last fight on the UFC Fight Pass card puts #12 ranked Marion Reneau against Ashley Evens-Smith.

“Cowboy” Cerrone was on a career high eight-fight win streak when he faced the last man to defeat him in Rafael Dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC on Fox back in December 2014. This fight would end up the same as the first time they met, only much faster and way more devastating as Dos Anjos TKO’d Cerrone in the first round with a heavy liver shot that was quickly followed by a relentless onslaught of heavy hands. “Cowboy” Oliveira is on a three-fight win streak and is stepping in as a late replacement after Tim Means failed an out-of-competition drug test earlier this month. With no time to investigate the allegations against Means, Oliveira was called upon to save the show. With Cerrone stepping up a weight class to welterweight for this fight, we will get to see if this is the right weight class for him. Oliveira has his biggest test to date and a chance to truly shine if he can get past the man we all know as the real “Cowboy”. While has him as the odds-on favorite, if Cerrone shows up to fight on Sunday this will be a very bad night for Oliveira, that is if he shows up. We have all seen both sides of Cerrone, one that shows up to decimate the man across from him, or the other Cerrone that crumbles under the pressure of the big fight.

In the co-main event, Brunson is coming off a one-sided beat down of Smiling Sam Alvey that would leave Alvey with a broken jaw back in August 2015. Brunson will look to keep his winning streak alive when he faces Carneiro who has been out of commission for the past year but is still on a six-fight win streak himself after last defeating Mark Munoz back in February 2015. Both of these men are hungry and are looking to climb the ranks with another victory. This is a fight you will not want to miss.

With two fighters yet to taste defeat, Gambrandt and Mendes are stepping into the cage with one thing on their mind: handing the other their first loss. Since hitting the scene, Gambrandt has been one of the more vocal Team Alpha Male fighters, even trying to get into it with featherweight champ Conor McGregor during the taping of the Ultimate Fighter. Mendes will step into the octagon for his first time to face Gambrandt in a fight that will truly gauge where Mendes is at in his fighting career. Don’t blink, this will be a fast passed fight that could go either way.

Earlier in the night, Joe “Diesel” Riggs, with nearly 60 pro fights to his name, will meet Chris Camozzi. Since signing with the UFC, Camozzi has been an up and down fighter, never really putting together a solid string of wins over top-ranked opponents. While Riggs has fought in MMA for over 15 years as a pro, he, too, has always had a rough go at putting enough wins together to get him into that upper level of fighters. Both fighters need this win not only to put another “W” on their record, but to also ensure they still have a job come Monday morning.

With no more football, Sunday is feeling a little empty. So tune in Sunday night to UFC FN 83 and get your sports fix with a card that has a bit of everything to offer to fight fans across the world. There are several fighters trying to stay employed as well as several fighters looking to stake their claim in the world’s top organization. This should not be missed!

About The Author

Jeremiah York
Staff Writer

In 1993 at 16 years old my Mom let me order UFC #1 on PPV. Then and there my life changed! To find a sport that put man against man, skill against skill in the rawest form was absolutely amazing! My love for MMA was found and I have been following all aspects of Combat Sports since. If I'm not traveling to watch fights I am studying and catching up on everything MMA at home. I am a Denver Native, but I live in TX now where the fight scene is booming! When I'm not watching and dissecting fights I'm out in the market selling beer as the TX Area Sales Manager for Uinta Brewing.