Donald Cerrone’s foot had barely come back down to earth after robbing Matt Brown of his consciousness at UFC 206 on Saturday night when ‘Cowboy’ went back to campaigning for another assignment.
So hyperactive is Cerrone, that one would have expected him to call for a fight at UFC 207 on December 30th if it weren’t for the fact that the promotion heads to Denver, the capital city of his home state of Colorado, on January 28th. The 33-year-old veteran had made it clear in the lead-up to the Brown fight that he wanted a spot on the UFC on Fox 23 card and he reiterated this afterwards.
At the post-fight press conference, Cerrone said that his ideal opponent would be top welterweight contender Demian Maia, but he didn’t sound picky.
“If I had to hurry up and choose someone for Denver, then whoever they want to give me,” he said(via MMAMania) “That doesn’t matter to me at all. Staying busy, staying fun, that’s what I love.”
He had an unsurprising response to a recent call out from Jorge Masvidal as well.
“Hopefully I get back here (to the locker room) and they have a contract waiting for me,” Cerrone said. “If it’s Masvidal, then fucking ‘A,’ and if it’s someone else, even better.”
“Let’s go,” he added.
According to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, the UFC have rewarded both Cerrone and Masvidal for their enthusiasm. The MMA Hour host reported on Wednesday that the pair will fight on the Denver card and that confirmation news should come shortly.
Masvidal, a former Strikeforce lightweight title challenger, has won two straight since consecutive losses to Benson Henderson and Lorenz Larkin. In July, he earned a unanimous decision win over Ross Pearson before beating Jake Ellenberger under slightly strange circumstances earlier this month.
Cerrone has won four fights in a row since moving up to welterweight following a devastating loss to then UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos last December. Each of his wins at 170lbs has come inside the distance.