28-year old lightweight Donald Cerrone always stood out in WEC, just not in the 155-pound division. However, things have certainly changed in the past year, as the “Cowboy” has lassoed a quartet of victories in the UFC since coming on board in February including those over contenders like Charles Oliveira and most recently Dennis Siver.
With six straight wins behind him Cerrone enters the Octagon tomorrow night against perhaps his stiffest challenge to date, the traditionally tough and tremendously talented Nate Diaz. If Cerrone leaves with his hand raised he will find himself in discussion for a title-shot, if not he will head back to the end of the contendership line.
Then again, that’s assuming Cerrone actually cares about rankings when it comes to his fight with Diaz or any other scrap for that matter.
“I could give a sh*t who’s over me,” the 17-3 Cerrone candidly replied in an interview with the UFC’s website when asked about where he’s perceived to stack up in his weight-class.
Rather, Cerrone is simply interested in the competition and attached paycheck, letting the rest of the stuff sort itself out rather than concern himself with factors outside of his control.
As far as his recent run in the ring, Cerrone responded modestly, crediting his mental acuity with a bit of timing for the success he’s experienced over the past eighteen months.
“I just feel like I’m hot,” Cerrone stated. “I don’t know, that’s just how life goes, in waves like that. You’ll be on top and then you’re at your lowest time. Right now, I feel good; everything seems to be going right.”
“I think I’ve always had it there — it’s just been getting my mind to tell my body what to do, getting my mind right,” he continued. “I’ve been figuring out what it takes for me to fight in the cage the way that I do in practice, you know?”
Regarding Diaz, Cerrone is certainly motivated to continue the trend, especially after some of his opponent’s pre-fight behavior, saying, “He’s game man, for sure. He talks a lot, and he gets in there and fights. I’m excited…Unfortunately, he ran his mouth too much this time, and now he’s going to be in trouble. I’m excited to fight him. Ring the bell. Let’s go!”
Fans can check out Diaz-Cerrone on the UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem PPV broadcast with things starting up at 10:00 PM EST. Preliminary pairings can also be watched through Facebook/Spike TV starting at 7:00 PM EST.
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