Donald Cerrone returns to action this winter, but it won’t be in the cage.

The UFC veteran announced on his YouTube channel that he will compete against grappling star Craig Jones in a combat jiu-jitsu superfight at the 2021 Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds. The event is set to go down on Dec. 19 at Plaza De Toros in Cancun, Mexico.

The 2021 Combat Jiu-Jitsu Worlds also features a 16-man featherweight tournament. Combat jiu-jitsu is similar to regular no-gi jiu-jitsu, but competitors are allowed to throw open-hand strikes once the match goes to the ground.

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Cerrone (36-16 MMA, 23-13 UFC) was last seen in action back in May at UFC on ESPN 24 where he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Alex Morono at welterweight. “Cowboy” is no stranger to competing in grappling. In December 2020, he submitted former UFC champion Rafael Dos Anjos at Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground. Cerrone is a jiu-jitsu black belt.

Meanwhile, Jones is also a jiu-jitsu black belt. He’s worked extensively with John Danaher, as he was a big part of the famous Danaher Death Squad before it was dismantled this summer. He’s a multiple-time IBJJF world championship medalist and 2019 ADCC runner up.


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