Veteran UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone is currently tied up in a puzzling situation at the top of the division. Undoubtedly the number one contender to Rafael Dos Anjos’ title, ‘Cowboy’ is riding an eight-fight win streak, but once again is getting itchy for another fight. The Brazilian champion hasn’t fought since his one-sided decision win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 185, Cerrone is coming off a UFC 187 TKO victory over John Makdessi, but with Dos Anjpos sidelined for the next few months it doesn’t look good for Cerrone’s title fight hopes this year.
Having beaten former 155-pound boss Benson Henderson as the biggest name on his current streak, it sounds like ‘Cowboy’ may follow ‘Smooth’ for a veture to the welterweight division, as he tells a follower on his Twitter feed:
“@DStandridge92: Looks like u probably won’t fight until February. !” I will not wait that long. Need something soon or I’m going to 170
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) August 11, 2015
Cerrone has never fought at welterweight during his storied nine-year career, and it would actually be pretty cool to see how he fit in there. With Henderson’s recent success there, you could argue that it may be a decent aspiration for Cerrone, but there’s one big difference between the two former opponents; ‘Smooth’ was having a rough ride at 155 pounds, and Cerrone is riding a killer streak right now.
Perhaps if talks of a title fight in the near future were on the table it might make sense, but joining the back of the queue at 170 pounds might be a dangerous gamble. There’s no doubt a plethora of intriguing fights at welterweight, and Cerrone has stated in the past that a UFC belt doesn’t mean much to him.
Should ‘Cowboy’ follow his instinct to stay active up to welterweight heights, or should he stick to his guns and wait for his Brazilian counterpart to heal up?