This could be an interesting one…
Despite the fact that he has scored five-straight stoppage victories, the most recent of which was a brutal one-punch knockout that brought the number of KO/TKO wins in his career to 15 and the number of total finishes to 24, Mairbek Taisumov(26-5) is yet to crack the top 15 in the UFC’s official 155-pound rankings or generate any real noise.
In an attempt to remedy that, Taisumov has turned to hunting big game.
After he starched poor Felipe Silva at UFC Fight Night 115 back in September, the terrifying Russian lightweight called out Nate Diaz. That, perhaps, was a little ambitious. The Stockton slug n’ sub specialist hadn’t fought in over a year at that point, his previous two fights were extremely lucrative clashes with Conor McGregor and he has made it clear that his return is dependent on the promise of a massive payday. A bout with Taisumov then, wasn’t about to bring Diaz out of hibernation.
After a couple of months of unsurprising radio silence on Diaz’s end, Taisumov has now turned his attention elsewhere. He is targeting another big name, but at least this time it’s an active fighter.
On Wednesday, the 29-year-old tweeted a mock promotional poster for a fight between he and Donald Cerrone at UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia.
“[Cowboy] hope you’re ready for a new challenge! Let’s make it happen, I’m ready for a call,” wrote Taisumov, before tagging UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby.
@Cowboycerrone hope you're ready for a new challenge! Let's make it happen, I'm waiting for a call ? @ufc @UFCEurope @danawhite @seanshelby #UFC221 #Taisumov #Berkut #LetsDoThis #ReadyForEveryone pic.twitter.com/CHuZP9pdO3
— Mairbek Taisumov (@Taisumov155) December 6, 2017
Cerrone’s last seven fights have been up at welterweight, but following his devastating loss to Darren Till in October, which was his third straight, the Jackson-Wink representative has decided to return to the division where he made his name and fought for gold in both the WEC and the UFC – lightweight.
“I’m going back to 155[lbs]. I’m only 175, I’ve been waking up at 175 everyday so it’s like pffft, I’m fine,” Cerrone said on a November episode of The Fighter and The Kid. “I’m more focused. At 170, I can just not train and f**k off. I put more into it at 155 so let’s do it, let’s have a couple more fights. I probably won’t take 20 a year anymore. I’m probably gonna take it down a little bit(via MMAFighting).”
Cerrone(32-10) went 8-1 in his last nine fights at 155lbs, the only loss coming in the final fight of that run to then lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.