It looks as though Donald Cerrone is going to be staying at lightweight for the time being after all, as following his submission win over Evan Dunham at UFC 167, “Cowboy” has agreed to fight Adriano Martins at UFC on FOX 10. The UFC tweeted the news Saturday afternoon.
Prior to fighting Dunham on November 16th, Cerrone announced he was planning on making the drop to featherweight after the bout. Following Cerrone’s “Submission of the Night” performance last weekend, however, UFC boss man Dana White said he didn’t think the move was a good idea.
“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.”
Weight cut aside, the win over Dunham ensured Cerrone (21-6) remained in the UFC’s top ten rankings, as the 30 year-old currently sits in the #9 position. Cerrone has had an up-and-down year, as he also defeated KJ Noons at UFC 160, but was defeated by Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 6 and UFN 27 respectively.
Martins (25-6), meanwhile, is coming off a successful Octagon debut, as the accomplished grappler tapped out Daron Cruickshank in the second round at UFN 32 on November 9th. In the 31 year-old’s only other performance this year, he worked his way to a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Gurgel at the final Strikeforce card in January. Martins is currently riding a six fight win streak.
UFC on FOX 10 will go down at Chicago’s United Center and will feature former lightweight champ Benson Henderson taking on Josh Thomson.