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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Calls Out Entire Welterweight Division In One Tweet

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Donald Cerrone reacts after his second-round TKO win over Rick Story in their welterweight bout at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Folks just do not ever stop doubting Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, do they? Ever since his move up the welterweight division, each of his then-future opponents seemed destined – in the eyes of many – to be the one to bring his 170lb dream to a halt, and signal his return to his home at lightweight.

Ever since his first win, via submission over Alex Oliveira, Cerrone’s climb to the top five of the welterweight rankings has seen him best Patrick Cote, Rick Story – and most recently – Matt Brown in a run that many have been pointing to as the best in his long and storied career so far.

Even more impressive than that is the fact that not only did Cowboy come away from each successive bout with his hand raised, he also managed to finish each and every one of the men listed above, handing both Rick Story and the notoriously tough-chinned Patrick Cote their first KO losses of their respective careers.

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 10:  Matt Brown (L) of the United States fights Donald Cerrone (R) of the United States in their Welterweight bout during the UFC 206 event at Air Canada Centre on December 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Most recently he fought the veteran Matt Brown at UFC 206, ending the highly-entertaining contest with a head kick that will no doubt be a ‘knockout of the year’ contender. Now, with him sitting pretty at fifth in the 170lb rankings, Cerrone seems content not to waste any of his time waiting for a title shot and in true Cowboy-fashion, is looking to get right back into that octagon sooner rather than later.

Indeed the welterweight title-picture is a somewhat murky one these days. Demian Maia, Stephen Thompson and even the returning Georges St. Pierre could all make a more convincing call for a shot at Tyron Woodley’s title than Donald could right now, and in knowing this, Cerrone – in the wake of his thunderous head-kick KO of Matt Brown – has set his eyes on a new potential victim.

Taking to his official Twitter account, Cowboy put forth a short-but-sweet call-out to the entire welterweight division, with a tussle at the UFC’s upcoming Fight Night in Denver at the end of January in mind.

Known as the UFC’s most active fighter these days, Cerrone’s willingness to compete over the years has done wonders for his star-power, regardless of his consistently brilliant showings inside the octagon. And though he maintains he has a future in the lightweight division, his clear suitability for welterweight weight-class has seen his popularity reach an all-time high.

Not too long after Cerrone sent out the tweet, one of his rumoured opponents for a while now – Jorge Masvidal – reached out to the fight-ready Cowboy, pushing himself to the forefront for their now-inevitable clash in Denver.

With a verbal confirmation now in writing, both parties willing to throw down and the interests of the fighting world piqued, do not be surprised to see an announcement on this one in the coming weeks.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.