UFC lightweight Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone will return to action at this Saturday’s UFC on Fox 11, taking on Brazilian knockout machine Edson Barboza and looking to extend his win streak to three. Unbeaten in 29 fights as a kickboxer, Cerrone brings nasty stand up to MMA and currently training out of Jackson’s; Cerrone has looked renewed as of late.
While talking with MMA Weekly, ‘Cowboy’ said he feels that his combination of stand up and slick submissions will be too much for Barboza to handle:
“Barboza brings a lot of dangerous striking, he knocks people out, but he has never fought anyone like me. I haven’t seen a lot of tape on the guy, I saw a spinning wheel kick where he knocked a guy out in the UFC, other than that; don’t know, don’t care. I hope he fucking trains hard and comes to fight, I’m looking to get one of those fucking bonuses.”
Combined UFC and WEC bonuses for Cerrone include eight FOTN bonuses, three KOTN and one SOTN; Barboza has four FOTN and one KO bonus to his credit, and I think the styles match perfectly. ‘Cowboy’ was then asked about his plans to move down to featherweight:
“Dana shut that down really fast, I talked to him, but he was like ‘no, it’s not gonna happen’. I think the weight cut would’ve been tough. Right now I can drink a beer, have fun and still make weight. I think fighters focus too much on training, people take it too serious. I like to have fun man. “
Winner of five in his last seven, the former WEC lightweight boss may well see a title shot soon, if he can beat the dangerous Barboza on Saturday. The UFC on Fox 11 main event between Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum will decide the next contender to Cain Velasquez’s title, but what’s to say that a big knockout wouldn’t catapult Barboza or Cerrone in to the mix?