04/30/2015 07:01 EDT | Updated 08/09/2015 06:59 EDT

Montreal lightweight John Makdessi gets high-profile fight with Cowboy Cerrone

TORONTO - Montreal lightweight John (The Bull) Makdessi will replace the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov against Donald (Cowboy) Cerrone at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas.

Cerrone (27-6 with one no contest) is ranked No. 3 among 155-pound contenders and has won seven straight in the UFC.

Makdessi (12-3) is coming off a first-round knockout of Shane Campbell at UFC 186 in Montreal.

Nurmagomedov (22-0) has won six in a row in the UFC.

The unbeaten Russian, who reportedly has a knee injury, is ranked No. 2 among lightweight contenders.