Since making the jump up to 170lbs, Donald Cerrone has won four straight fights and scored four straight finishes against good quality opposition. With form like that, one would have to question why the Colorado ‘Cowboy’ would ever consider going back down to 155lbs, a weight which he has admitted was hellish for him to make.
Yet, for most of his brief stint at welterweight, Cerrone claimed that he was more than willing to hop between his current and former divisions for the right opportunities or simply to ensure that he stayed active.
However, after his sensational KO win over Matt Brown at UFC 206 in Toronto on Saturday night, Cerrone finally seemed to have moved past that idea.
Asked by the UFC’s Megan Olivi if he felt he has found a “home” at 170lbs, ‘Cowboy’ responded, “Yeah.”
So what was the turning point? It turns out, it was an encounter with a weight-drained Anthony Pettis.
“I seen Pettis in the sauna and I asked my guys, ‘Is that what I look like at ’55?’ and they said, ‘Worse’ and I said ‘Oh shit!’ So I said, ‘Alright then. Fair enough.'”
Of course, Pettis failed to make his target weight in the end, coming in 3lbs above the featherweight limit ahead of an interim title fight with Max Holloway. What’s more, a weakened Pettis was soundly beaten at UFC 206, stopped for the first time in his career by the surging Hawaiian.
After the fight, ‘Showtime’ declared that the cut to 145lbs was just too difficult and announced that he will return to the weight-class in which he was once champion – lightweight.
You can watch the rest of Megan Olivi’s interview with Donald Cerrone below…