Donald Cerrone may have been planning to move to featherweight following his UFC 167 scrap with Evan Dunham, but that didn’t prevent “Cowboy” from scoring an impressive, submission win over the rugged lightweight. While Cerrone relayed after the card that he’s still looking into making the drop, UFC boss man Dana White has made it clear he thinks it’s a bad idea.
White was understandably asked about Cerrone’s possible move, and here is some of what the UFC President had to say about the situation (comment via MMA Junkie.com):
“I don’t like the 145 thing,” White said. “I’ve seen that kid cut weight before and have horrible weight cuts at 155. You’ve heard me say a million times that I don’t care, that these kids can do what they want. But I don’t want that kid going to 145.”
“The kid is shredded,” White added. “He doesn’t have an ounce of fat on his body. He has grueling cuts at 155. There’s no way he should cut to 145. Not that this kid listens to anything I f—ing tell him to do anyway. But I don’t like it, and I don’t want him to do it.”
There’s no question that Cerrone’s had an up-and-down year. In January, he was quickly put away by Anthony Pettis at UFC on FOX 6, but the 30 year-old rebounded in May, by recording a unanimous decision win over KJ Noons. At UFC FN 28 in August, however, Cerrone lost by UD to Rafael dos Anjos, which left the noted finisher at #10 in the promotion’s lightweight rankings. Recording a “Submission of the Night” versus a BJJ black belt in Dunham, though, is a pretty sweet way to close out the year.
Now it will be interesting to see if Cerrone takes White’s advice.
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