Donald Cerrone unapologetically authentic

UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone has never shied away from being himself, choosing to opt for his trademark black Stetson rather than the head attire typically worn by his peers and investing his winnings into a ranch where he raises animals (and a bit of hell as well with an assortment of motorcycles and ATVs).

However, as colorful as “Cowboy” may appear to be, the 28-year old is rather relatively reserved and prefers to let his in-ring accomplishments do the talking rather than seeking out media to get his points across.

In a recent interview Cerrone spoke about the way he may be perceived by others and made it clear he’s not concerned with their opinions because he’s simply being himself.

“That’s just how I am. Some people like my boy Leonard Garcia love the interviews and the press. That’s not me, man, so people think it’s being cocky or arrogant, but I don’t think it’s like that,” Cerrone explained to the UFC’s website.

The 16-3 Cerrone, currently on a five-fight run, faces a fellow potential top contender in the form of Dennis Siver, himself a winner of four straight, next weekend at UFC 137 after having fought already in mid-August after the German kickboxer’s original opponent Sam Stout withdrew for personal reasons.

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The short turnaround time for Cerrone, looking at his third fight in less than five months, hasn’t fazed the Coloradan who has dealt with plenty of adversity before including a broken back and almost life-ending ATV accident as a teenager.

“I’m ready to go whenever I get the call,” Cerrone explained about his willingness to take fights without extended notice. “I want to make some good money and put on good fights. If that means being ready at a drop of a hat, then that’s what must be done.”

However, just because he’s always ready to fight doesn’t mean he actually leaps into the fire as fast as he’d like to, an aspect of his game he’s hoping improve on.

“I warm up a little slow sometimes and it pisses me off,” self-critiqued Cerrone. “My boy Clay Guida goes out there and from second number one he is on fire. I admire that and want to be like that.”

Against an opponent like the 19-7 Siver a slow start could spell a fast end to Cerrone’s aspirations of a 2012 title-shot. However, with the tutelage of Greg Jackson and teammates such as Garcia, Guida, and others at the New Mexican Mecca of MMA training, the odds of Cerrone being thrown off his saddle don’t appear to nearly as high as they are in favor of him riding off into the Las Vegas sunset with another victory in hand.