We are pretty confident that when Donald Cerrone and friends sat around sharing New Year’s resolutions a few weeks back, nobody revealed a more ambitious set of goals than ‘Cowboy’.
Cerrone faces a tasty test in his hometown of Denver next weekend, as he is scheduled to battle former Strikeforce lightweight title challenger Jorge Masvidal at UFC on Fox 23. However, as usual, the hyperactive veteran is already campaigning for another fight, ideally against a top contender, in March.
A victory against Masvidal, followed by another against a Robbie Lawler or a Demian Maia, would bring Cerrone’s winning-streak since moving to 170lbs to six and he hopes this would be enough to earn him a title shot.
“Whoever, if I could fight in March. I know the [Tyron Woodley vs Stephen Thompson] title fight, they’re going to be fighting in March so we’ll have to get a No. 1 contender,” Cerrone told Fox Sports. “Hopefully, Demian Maia will (expletive) want to pull the trigger and not just keep waiting or Robbie. Whoever’s above us. I don’t even care. I don’t (expletive) give a (expletive).”
“(Nick) Diaz turned Robbie down. (Expletive) Maia turned Robbie down. You know who didn’t turn (expletive) Robbie down? Me.”
“I said (expletive) yeah, bring that (expletive) on. That name don’t scare me none. I love Robbie but (expletive) come on.”
Capturing the welterweight strap is only part of Cerrone’s plan for 2017, however. The 33-year-old, who fought four times in 2016 and topped out with a five-fight year in 2011, also wants to have his busiest year to date.
“Let’s do it. If I could get six fights in 2017, my coaches would be happy, I’ll be happy and we’ll get a title fight and defend that (expletive) three times, I’ll be good to go!”
If he is 2-0 by the end of March, Cerrone will be in a good position to hit the six-fight mark. However, if he goes on to win the gold, it’s likely to stunt his activity. Champions don’t fight every other month, after all, and they definitely aren’t permitted to jump in as late replacement’s for injured fighters on random Fight Night cards, so it might become more difficult to clock those numbers.