Cerrone had his eight fight winning streak and lightweight title run put to an end in December, as RDA put away the contender in 66 seconds at UFC on FOX 17. The bout marked the second time dos Anjos has defeated Cerrone.
Well, considering it was his second loss to RDA, and because it was a pivotal fight in the career of Cerrone, one can understand why “Cowboy” might have taken some time to reflect on the loss. But, when asked recently how he reflects on the defeat, Cerrone had this to say (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I just didn’t show up,” Cerrone said. “That was it. He hit me with a great liver shot and f-cking put me down. What can I say? There’s nothing. It was just a bad night.
“There’s nothing to reflect on. I mean, what can I say? ‘Oh, maybe I didn’t warm up good enough.’ Or what, maybe the 12 seconds that the fight went, I didn’t do something good enough? I don’t understand what to reflect on. It would be different if I got mauled for five rounds. It was a 12-second fight. I got my ass whipped.”
That’s certainly one way to look at it, and if you’ve followed Cerrone over the years, this response shouldn’t come as a big surprise. The Jacksons-Wink MMA fighter is as candid as they come, so chances are he’s not up all night agonizing over what he should have differently, or whether he has the tools to become a champ. He didn’t block a kick, paid for it big time, and things went downhill in a hurry.
All that said, it will be interesting to see where Cerrone goes from here. As long as RDA is the champ, he’s got a ways to go before getting another crack at the 155 belt. If Conor McGregor ends up taking the title, however, Cerrone’s path back to a title shot will shorten significantly.