Donald Cerrone is on a roll. In fact you could argue that he’s been on a roll since the beginning of his career. Since his nineteen-fight professional MMA career started he’s only lost to two people – Ben Henderson and Jamie Varner. The “Cowboy” is set to face the spinning back kick specialist Dennis Siver at UFC 137 this Saturday in Las Vegas.
As far as where he or others lie in the ranks or contention spots, Cerrone doesn’t concern himself with that.
“I don’t want to say or not say who anyone’s ready for…do I think he belongs at the top where he’s at, I don’t know” said Cerrone in an interview with MMAWeekly.
However, without looking past Siver, Cerrone seems to have future plans in mind, stating, “Jose Aldo, he’s a stud, and I would be honored to be in there to throw down with him. I haven’t seen anyone get in there and really fight Jose. He’s got great leg kicks and great strikes, I think it’d be a fun fight.”
Seemingly that would mean Cerrone plans to make the move down to featherweight to meet the dynamic Brazilian. He has verbally agreed (with himself) that he’ll test the 145-pound waters with Nam Phan. Aparrently, Cerrone wants to right some wrong comments Pham made about the coaching staff Cerrone shares with Leonard Garcia, over whom Pham earned a Unanimous Decision at UFC 136.
He’ll also use that fight as a gauge to see if a run at a featherweight title is on his horizon.
Flash back (or forward) to Siver, Cerrone admits his opponent is tough but Cerrone is confident about his skills, explaining, “If he tries to take me down I’m going to submit him, if I take him down I’m going to punch him.”
Viewed more as a striker than a submission fighter is misleading when it comes to the 28-year old, twelve of his sixteen victories have come by submission. In the stand-up game with Siver, Cerrone says he will be conscious of his distance…either being out of range or too far in, but it seems like Cerrone is ready, willing and able to move the fight to the ground if need be.
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