Donald Cerrone is arguably one of the toughest competitors in the UFC’s lightweight division. Coming off a vicious KO win over Melvin Guillard in his last outing, Cerrone has been on a mission to earn himself a coveted UFC title shot against the current champ Benson Henderson. Potentially the final obstacle standing in his path is the final WEC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis as they are scheduled to meet later this month at UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago.
Cerrone has involved himself in several grudge matches since joining the UFC in 2011 including his memorable bout with Nate Diaz last year. Whilst he admits to starting the bad blood between the two competitors, he assures us that is it merely business as usual.
“It’s not anything personal towards Anthony Pettis,” Cerrone explains in the UFC pre-fight interview, “I am not like picking him out of a big group of guys, he is just the next guy in line for a title.”
‘The Cowboy’ insists that he is not underestimating Pettis. He is merely looking to work his way to a UFC title shot and believes beating Anthony would bring him closer to his trilogy fight with Henderson.
” He beat Ben [Henderson] so he did what he had to do. For me, going in there and fighting him puts me one step closer to that belt.”
Cerrone has beaten the likes of Melvin Guillard, Jeremy Stephens, Charles Oliveira and Vagner Rocha in the octagon but believes that Pettis could be his most dangerous opponent yet. Whilst this may be the case it will not alter Cerrone’s intentions to put on a great performance.
“Is Pettis talented? Yes of course he is or he wouldn’t be the next guy in line if he wasn’t so I expect him to come in shape and be the best Pettis that he is because he wants that belt also so it is going to be a hell of a throw-down. “
Pettis does not have any glaring weaknesses in his game and that could prove to be a significant issue for Cerrone. The Jackson’s MMA product will have to bring his A game if he intends to earn a decisive victory over Pettis.
“Ya, his wrestling is good, his stand-up is right up there with the best, he beat up Ben and held him on the ground so that is impressive. I am taking nothing away from the guy, I know it is going to be a hard fight and I am really excited for it.”
With all things said and done, Cerrone is confident that he will pick up a hard fought victory at UFC on FOX 6 and will coming after the lightweight title next.
“Come fight night it’s on. I’m coming hard. This victory will happen, I can feel it. I am going out strong and then I am coming after Ben.”
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