Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is “riding high” in the UFC lightweight division — having scored eight straight victories in the last two years or so.
Most recent was a second round TKO of John Makdessi back in May at UFC 187. (Makdessi was a late replacement for the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov.)
The former kickboxing champion, who has a 28-6-1 record in MMA, has hung his (Stetson) hat on being one of the UFC’s most active fighters. Now, he would seem to be next in line for a shot at UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.
So, not surprisingly, Cerrone is not just frustrated that the champ Dos Anjos is injured — and said to be on the shelf until February 2016. It seems he’s actually just as frustrated that doesn’t have another fight on the horizon.
Take note of this exchange on Twitter earlier this week:
“@DStandridge92: Looks like u probably won't fight until February. !” I will not wait that long. Need something soon or I'm going to 170
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) August 11, 2015
Oddly, it just doesn’t seem there’s anyone at lightweight for Cerrone, who is officially ranked #2 in the division.
Look around the top names at 155 lbs, per the UFC’s official rankings:
Top-ranked Anthony Pettis, who defeated Cerrone back in 2013? Injured.
How about that long-awaited fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is ranked #3? Nah, he’s still injured too.
Eddie Alvarez, who is ranked #4? Cerrone defeated him in a fairly one-sided bout last year.
Maybe — Cerrone could grant a rematch to Benson Henderson, who is now ranked fifth? The former WEC and UFC champ fought Cerrone to a razor close decision last year, sure. But, their first bout was awful and it’s doubtful anyone wants to see it again.
So, if you ever had dreams of Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown, or another welterweight contender — you just might get your wish. Stay tuned.