Between his time in WEC and the UFC, lightweight Donald Cerrone has been awarded Fight of the Night status in eight of his sixteen total scraps. Cerrone’s talent for taking home bonus money based on performance stems from his approach to life carrying over into the cage, channeling his desire to maximize each moment without fear of the repercussions into one of MMA’s most impressive runs in recent years.
Most folks agree “Cowboy” has a legitimate opportunity to add Fight of the Night #9 to his resume on Saturday night when he faces Anthony Pettis at UFC on FOX 6. Like the 29-year old, Pettis is known for turning in exciting efforts and has the type of diverse skill-set perfectly suited to create a classic when paired with Cerrone’s.
As Cerrone stated in a recent conversation with MMAJunkie, he also sees the potential in the match-up and hopes Pettis isn’t afraid to leave it all in the Octagon come showtime.
“I’m going to go out there and fight my ass off. That’s just what I do,” explained Cerrone. “The pressure and the hype of a fight doesn’t matter to me. Me getting a ‘W’ and going out there and fighting the style I do, it’s an exciting style. I just go in your face and nonstop.”
“As far as living up to the hype, I hope Anthony lives up to the hype,” he concluded. “I plan on going out there with everything I’ve got and saving nothing.”
Cerrone is 19-4 in his career with fifteen finishes and wins in the UFC over Dennis Siver, Jeremy Stephens, and Melvin Guillard. Likewise, Pettis has his fair share of stoppages, putting twelve of the fifteen opponents he’s beaten away before scorecards came into play.
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