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Two high profile fights have been officially announced for UFC 213, with a welterweight and lightweight bout slated for the July event

The rumoured welterweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler has been signed and made official, with the contest likely to serve as co-main event of the July 8th UFC 213, while a lightweight fight between Anthony Pettis and Jim Miller has also been scheduled

Lawler will be looking to bounce back from defeat in his last Octagon outing, having lost via first round knockout to Tyron Woodley while also losing his UFC welterweight title in the process last July in the main event of UFC 201

Thirty five year old Former champion Lawler is currently ranked third in the UFC welterweight division, with an overall mixed martial arts record of 27-11-11NC

Likewise, Donald Cerrone will be trying to get back to winning ways having lost his last fight via TKO to opponent Jorge Masvidal in January, as well as put himself into welterweight title contention with a win over form divisional kingpin Lawler

Cerrone has an overall mixed martial arts of 32-8-1NC, while the thirty four year old is ranked eighth in the division currently

Former UFC lightweight champion Pettis lost his last bout via TKO due to strikes to top 155lbs contender Max Holloway at UFC 206 last December, and has gone 1-4 in his last five Octagon appearances

Pettis, thirty years of age, will be moving back up to lightweight for the UFC 213 bout

Miller too will be looking to rebound from a loss last time out, having been defeated by Dustin Poirier via majority decision at UFC 208 in February in a ‘fight of the night’ winning performance

Veteran Miller, thirty three, currently holds an overall mixed martial arts record of 28-9-1NC, with career victories over the likes of Takanori Gomi, Thiago Alves, Joe Lauzon and Yancy Medeiros

Previously signed and announced bouts for UFC 213 include a heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, and a headlining bantamweight championship fight between champion Cody Garbrandt and challenger T.J Dillashaw

By Matthew Singh-Dosanjh