Red hot lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is set to challenge for the UFC 155-pound title when he meets current champion Rafael dos Anjos on December 19, 2015 in the main event of UFC on FOX 17.
As the event nears closer, it seems as if the trash talk between the two has increased quite a bit over twitter, and Cerrone even got into it a bit with interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor at the UFC’s “Go Big” press conference a few weeks bout.
However, recently speaking with Joe Rogan (Via MMAFighting), Cerrone confirmed that neither man is in his head, and that no one has gotten into his head since Nate Diaz did in 2011:
“I’m not making any (excuses),” Cerrone told Joe Rogan of his 2011 loss to Diaz. “He got in my head. Absolutely. That s–t don’t happen anymore. Everyone tells me, ‘Conor (McGregor is) in your head. (Rafael) dos Anjos is in your head.’ No the f–k they’re not. It was a super lesson.
“I fought out of anger. I sucked that night. That’s all there is to it. No excuses. Mother f—er beat me.”
Despite the beef, and the fact that Nate, and his brother Nick Diaz are two of the most outspoken, and polarizing figures in the sport, Cerrone stated that he actually liked the Diaz bros because what you see is what you get with them.
The elder brother, Nick, has garnered quite a bit of attention lately after he was shockingly suspended five years by the Nevada Athletic Commission for testing positive for Marijuana last January. Many fighters have jumped to Diaz’s side, and “Cowboy” is no different, saying that he’d hang out with both brothers, also noting that Nick’s situation “sucks”:
“As much as he (Nate) talked, I like those guys,” Cerrone said of Nate and Nick Diaz. “I really do, because there is no front on them at all. What you see is what you get. If I were to run into the Diaz brothers out in the street, we’re f—ing throwing down. No question. That’s just who they are. It’s not like they put on this big persona.
“That’s who they are 24/7. It’s awesome, to me. I’ve got nothing but respect for both of them. I’d have a drink with them right now. I don’t have any animosity or anger or hate toward either one of them. I’d hang out with both of them. It sucks that Nick is in trouble with this whole marijuana thing.”
Will the lesson learned from Nate help Cerrone come December?