Donald Cerrone fights Kelvin Gastelum on November 12th as part of one of the biggest cards of 2016, or any other year for that matter, but true to form, ‘Cowboy’ is already campaigning for a bout at another huge event scheduled for the following month.
During a media luncheon on Wednesday, Cerrone said that he has spoken to UFC president Dana White about the possibility of competing at UFC 207, which takes place in Las Vegas on December 30th and is headlined by Ronda Rousey’s return to action against Amanda Nunes.
“I’m trying to fight on December 3oth now too,” said Cerrone.“[Dana] says I’m crazy. [He said] ‘Get through this one first and then we can talk kid,'” added the surging welterweight with a smile.
But while the boss has urged him to focus on one fight at a time, Cerrone is already thinking about who he would like to face at the T-Mobile Arena in the embers of 2016.
“What I really want to do, what I think would make the most sense, is Demian Maia,” he said. “See if Demian would be ready to fight December 30th. I think that would make sense for sure. He is up there kicking ass, so that’s who I want to fight for sure.”
“He is probably guy to fight next for the title, right? I mean he’s crushing everybody.”
Maia certainly is on a tear right now. The Brazilian submission specialist has won six straight fights since a February 2014 decision loss to Rory MacDonald. Included among his list of recent victims are the highly-regarded quartet of Neil Magny, Gunnar Nelson, Matt Brown and Carlos Condit. Even more impressively, out of those four, only Nelson managed to survive the distance with Maia.
Cerrone isn’t intimidated by the UFC middleweight title contender or this spectacular run of form though.
“I feel like a lot of people get scared of people when they’re good,” he said. “I like it. So bring that shit on.”
“I don’t know what he is doing, but hopefully he will hear this interview and be like ‘Yeah, that’s a good idea ‘Cowboy, I’ll fight you December 30th.'”
When he faces Gastelum at Madison Square Garden, Cerrone will be seeking his fourth consecutive win since moving up to 170lbs in the wake of a unsuccessful challenge for the UFC lightweight title. He has finished all three of his welterweight opponents so far, one by submission and two via KO/TKO, but in Gastelum he will be confronted by a man that has yet to be stopped in his professional career.
You can watch the full media luncheon with Donald Cerrone below, courtesy of MMA H.E.A.T.
And here is part 2, featuring Miesha Tate.