UFC: Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone vs. Jim Miller Booked

Kyle Symes@ksymes88Correspondent IIIMay 2, 2014

Apr 18, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Donald Cerrone poses on the scale during a weigh-in for his lightweight fight against Edson Barboza for UFC on FOX 11 at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Both Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Jim Miller were eyeing a contest with rising contender Khabib Nurmagomedov, but neither man will get their wish.

Instead, according to Damon Martin of Fox Sports, Cerrone and Miller will square off against one another at the UFC Fight Night card in Atlantic City slated for July 16.

Miller is fresh off a submission victory over Yancy Medeiros at UFC 172, which was his second win in a row. The longtime stalwart of the UFC's lightweight division has won three of his past four and is sitting pretty at No. 9 in the UFC rankings.

Cerrone is currently enjoying a winning streak of his own, having won his past three fights inside the Octagon. "Cowboy" has also earned bonuses in each of those wins with one KO of the Night, one Submission of the Night and one Performance of the Night award.

Cerrone has said that he wants to fight six times this year, and the Miller fight would put him at three in the first half of 2014.

The fight should be nothing less than a good old-fashioned slobberknocker as the two men have combined to win 15 post-fight bonuses. With Miller fighting in front of a home-state crowd, one would expect the lightweight to bring his A-game.