Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will return to action this Sunday (February 21, 2015), taking on a fellow “Cowboy” in Alex Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 83 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Cerrone is coming off of a devastating 66-second loss to lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at this past December’s UFC on FOX 17, but that wasn’t the only thing that went wrong for “Cowboy”. He was also fined by Reebok for violating the official outfitting policy.
Apparently Cerrone had a patch on his Reebok shorts that wasn’t allowed, but he admits that he expected to face consequences:
“I was fully aware I would be fined before the last fight,” he continued.
“I knew the circumstances going in, I just didn’t know how much I was getting fined. Dana and I talked and came to some grounds that we’re going to stick to.” Cerrone told ESPN.
Although the fine ended up being more than he had expected, Cerrone may indeed continue to play by his own rules this weekend:
“There’s a pretty good chance I will [wear the offending patch on Sunday], yeah,” he said.
“Cowboy” may be playing with fire here, however, as he has even went on record to say in the past that his manager was warned about his actions. In fact, another violation could result in the fighter essentially being cut from the UFC, something that would hinder his hectic fighting schedule.
While he missed out on a championship belt in his last fight, Cerrone seems to be strictly focused on fighting as often as possible, and he will be moving up in weight this weekend to do so.
At the end of the day, however, the weight doesn’t seem to affect him:
“[Fighting at welterweight] makes camp a little better,” he explained.
“I don’t have to pick and choose what I eat. I don’t care though, I’ll fight at 155. Either one. I’ll go to 185 pounds, who cares? Just give me fights.”
Do you think “Cowboy” will follow through with his plan, or does he have too much to lose here?