Since 2013, Donald Cerrone has had 15 fights in the UFC only losing to Rafael Dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis.
After losing a lightweight title fight, Cerrone has moved up to Welterweight and has been on a tear with three finishes and Performance of the Night bonuses.
Cowboy Cerrone beat Rick Story at UFC 202 and called out the new Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
Cerrone has a win over Alvarez so it makes sense that he will want another shot at the belt.
However, due to his performances at welterweight, his coaches and UFC president Dana White want him to stay at the 170-pound division.
According to MMA Fighting, a title shot is still in the cards for Cerrone at Welterweight, and the boss doesn’t like lightweight division for him.
“I don’t like the ’55. He looked amazing at 170,” White told FS1 after the event. “He’s on a roll. Nobody does that to Story, what he did to him tonight. Cowboy looks good at 170 and I’d like to see him stay there.”
When asked if Donald Cerrone could get a title shot in his new division, Mr. White stated the following.
“Yeah, of course. I could.”
Cowboy is known for taking fights at short notice and may have an opportunity to fight Alvarez if an opponent pulls out.
In his UFC 202 press conference, Cerrone revealed that he called out Alvarez because he was told that he always takes fights but doesn’t request particular fighters.
Cowboy is looking to sign a new contract with the UFC as he hopes to have 50 fights before retiring. He also shut down rumors of free agency to test the markets. Cowboy made it clear that he only wants to fight for the UFC and no other organization.
“I let my management team handle that because all I do is fight,” Cerrone said. “I’m a UFC guy, man. I’m not going anyway. They’re going to work out that, and I’m looking to get 50 fights in this mother*****r. How about that? … I need to get it done, I want to get it done right away, so we’ll see.
Despite his excellent performance against Rick Story, Cowboy did not feel good leading up to the fight, according to MMA Junkie.
“I just woke up – worst headache I’ve ever had man,” Cerrone said after the fight. “All day I was just lying in bed, tired, my shoulders were sore. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. I forgot the key to my Harley. It was a (expletive)-up day. I was trying to get out of first gear and couldn’t do it. That’s what you train for, though, to beat someone on your worst day.”
Alvarez said that he wants to fight the winner of Connor and Nate at UFC 202. McGregor won by majority decision but has not revealed what he plans to do next.
Cerrone seems adamant that he wants Alvarez to fight, and due to his long winning streak, Dana may still give him the title shot despite advising him against it. Cowboy will go into the fight knowing his has beat the champion before.
Interestingly, both the Welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley and Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez are looking for big fights rather than the fighter who is next in the rankings.
Cerrone will generate a lot of interest as a fan favorite regardless of which belt he fights for.
Cowboy revealed that he wanted Nate Diaz to win and he has ended his feud with the Diaz brothers before UFC 202.
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