Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone snapped his three-fight losing streak on Sunday night (Feb 18, 2018) in Austin, Texas with a first-round TKO victory over Yancy Medeiros in the main event of UFC Fight Night 126.
It was Donald Cerrone’s 20th win inside the Octagon and put him into a first-place tie with Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre for most victories in UFC history. Donald has been fighting as a welterweight over his past few fights, he is eyeing a change to return to his former haunts in the lightweight division, where he hopes to make one last run at the title.
Cowboy called out undefeated lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in the FS1 post-fight interview.
"I want 155, I want that belt. @TeamKhabib, I'm coming. I ain't scared to fight…"
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) February 19, 2018
“I want [155 pounds]. I want to go get that belt,” Cerrone said shortly after his first-round TKO over Medeiros, per MMA Weekly’s Damon Martin. “Khabib [Nurmagomedov], I’m coming baby. I’m coming. I ain’t scared to fight you.”
Nurmagomedov will look to extend his win streak to 26-0 and become the ‘undisputed’ lightweight champion when he takes on interim titleholder Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 on April 7 in Brooklyn, NY.
Donald Cerrone, who trains out of Jackson-Wink MMA academy have strong grappling and Muay Thai game so he is not scared to face Khabib.
“These big old boys hit hard and they’re a lot bigger,” Cerrone said. “Like I woke up at 168 [pounds] made weight easy. I wish there was a [165 pound] weight class. UFC could we get a 165 weight class, please? Cause that would be cool.”
“I’ll just fight whatever they tell me. They’ll call me and tell me ‘we need you at 170’ and I’ll be like OK.” I’ll take any fight. They all pay the same to me so it don’t matter what it is.”
Donald Cerrone was long considered one of the best fighters in the world at 155 pounds has not fought in the stacked UFC lightweight division December of 2015 when he beat by former champion Rafael dos Anjos in the first-round of a lightweight title fight.
Cerrone entered into his welterweight run in 2016 with much of the same success, scoring a win in his first four fights in thrilling fashion before losing three straight fights at 170 pounds. Those three losses came against to Darren Till, Robbie Lawler, and Jorge Masvidal.
Do you think moving to the lightweight division is the right move for Donald Cerrone?