Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and Melvin Guillard are set to face each other on August 11 in the co-main event for UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar in Denver, Colorado. The two trained together and became close friends while at Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but their friendship has nothing to do with Cerrone's plans come fight night.
"I plan to win!", Cowboy told Lowkick.com in an interview this morning, "I will fight him and yes, he is my brother, but I want to get paid and I will go through anyone they set before me."
As a former cow-puncher, myself, I asked him if he gave any more thought to bull riding: "I have not done it in a few years, but I love it and would do it again in a heartbeat."
When asked how he felt about being on the main card of UFC 150, a milestone event for the promotion, but also one that is in Cerrone's back yard, the Lightweight fighter was emphatic: "It is a dream come true. I can't wait to fight in front of my hometown fans."
Cerrone has been wanting to appear on this card since it was announced and the Colorado native let his intentions be known after his win at UFC on Fuel TV 3: "I want to get on that Denver card. I don't care who I fight. It feels good coming off that last loss."
He was serious about that and moved his camp to a ranch in the towwn of Vail, Colorado: "My training is going perfect. I stay ready so I can fight on any notice. This camp I trained in this time was at 9,000 feet because it has more altitude than Denver. Denver will feel easy compared to the hell I am going through now."
As one of the more popular fighters in the UFC who always brings a lot of excitement to the Octagon, Cerrone says: "It is in my blood. I don't back down from anybody and that naturally leads to entertaining fights."
Most fighters tend to not look past their next fight, but when asked who he was gunning for next, one name immediately jumped to the forefront: "Anthony Pettis' bitch ass! Anthony, quit hiding behind your sore shoulder and come to the dance."
In closing, Cerrone gave thanks to his sponsors and management and training teams: "I want to thank my core sponsors at MusclePharm, BodyBuilding.com and SafeAuto Insurance. I also need to thank my team at Jackson/Winkeljohn's MMA, as well as my sports management team at VFD Sports Marketing."
Donald Cerrone is currently 18-4 in his Mixed Martial Arts career, 5-1 inside the Octagon. Cowboy bounced back from defeat to Nate Diaz with a convincing performance against Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fuel TV 3. Victory over Melvin Guillard will put Cerrone back in the mix for a shot at the UFC Lightweight title, or at least en route to the previously-discussed bout with Anthony Pettis. Back in May, Anthony Pettis' manager, Mike Roberts, told MMAFighting.com that Nate Diaz is the first option for Anthony Pettis, despite countless call-outs from Donald Cerrone. Pettis is now "nearly 100% fight-fit", with sights on October return against a Top 5 contender.
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