When the devastating news broke on Tuesday afternoon that Rafael dos Anjos had withdrawn from UFC 196 and a super-fight with Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone’s name was among the first to be suggested as a candidate for the coveted spot that had opened.
“Cowboy” may be only a few days removed from his welterweight debut, a win against Alex Oliveira, but he is also no stranger to short-notice fights, quick turnarounds and manic activity. Not to mention that he has never been particularly fond of “The Notorious” Irishman.
Therefore, it came as no surprise that when Cerrone’s manager, Josh Jones, was contacted for comment by Fox Sports he confirmed his clients willingness to fill the position vacated by the Brazilian titleholder.
More recent reports are suggesting that Cerrone isn’t going to wait around for the call to begin his preparation either.
When MMAFighting journalist Ariel Helwani tweeted about the UFC veteran’s current weight, his comment was met with a knowing response from nutritionist Mike Dolce.
@arielhelwani Not for long…
— Mike DOLCE (@TheDolceDiet) February 23, 2016
Helwani obviously followed up on the lead that Dolce had given him, and a couple of hours later he provided this update.
Cerrone retained the services of @TheDolceDiet as of last night, Dolce confirmed with me minutes ago. Doing his part to get ready if need be
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2016
The closer that Cerrone is to the lightweight limit, the better chance he has of landing this fight.