After a year where champions have been dethroned and iconic stars have fallen, the stock of lightweight and welterweight-hopper Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has never been higher, something he feels should earn him a title shot should he overcome his next challenge at the end of the month.
Cerrone’s run in the welterweight division in 2016 saw him go 4-0 against some of the best 170lb competition on the planet. He faced off against Alex Oliveira, Patrick Cote, Rick Story and Matt Brown and managed to finish each and every one of them in emphatic fashion.
It seemed as though with each successive bout, his latest opponent would be the one to ‘out him’ as an undersized lightweight biting off more than he could chew but time and time again, Donald passed each test with flying colours. Now, with a date set in Denver for a co-main event showdown with Jorge Masvidal on January 28th, Cerrone has put forth his wish for a shot at the champion, Tyron Woodley, should his 5th welterweight contest prove to be successful.
Speaking to Colorado’s Own Channel 2, Cerrone had this to say concerning his quick turnaround from his UFC 206 tussle with the aforementioned Matt Brown.
“When I heard that [the UFC] was coming home I told Dana White, ‘I have to fight in the Pepsi Centre. I have to go home and do what I love’. I feel like a wolf among the sheep. As clichéd as it sounds, it is what I was born to do.”
Jorge Masvidal is one the division’s most experienced and tricky customers and is currently riding a 2-fight win-streak but despite all of this, Cerrone feels he can outmatch the “Gamebred Fighter” no matter where the fight takes place and is confident about his chances when the octagon doors close.
“He’s a good wrestler and he’s a good striker/boxer, but he’s not real great at anything”, Cerrone continued.
“I’m better than him everywhere. I’m going to go out there and put on a show for the hometown crowd. Then in March, keep it rolling. I want to fight Woodley in March. That’s the plan.”
With the champ Tyron Woodley constantly calling for a ‘big-money fight’ to continue his title reign, who better than the entertaining and in-form Cowboy Cerrone to satisfy that criteria? With that being said, however, he still faces a massive test in Masvidal later this month, one his must focus all of his efforts on first before making his claim to the Chosen One’s crown.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena