UFC President Dana White made what most observers would say was the obvious decision for the lightweight division, after UFC 178.
After defeating John Makdessi via TKO, to earn his eighth straight victory at 155 lbs, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will receive the next shot at the title, according to White.
“‘Cowboy’ looked insanely good,” White said to Brett Okamoto of ESPN. “He kept his composure, put together combinations to the legs and head. He looked unbelievable. I will give you this, yes, ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is next in line for a title shot.”
The question is, when?
On last night’s edition of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani revealed that UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos may be sidelined for some time.
According to Helwani Dos Anjos’ manager Ali Abdel Aziz is eying a return in December. But doctors have yet to clear him.
It’s also unclear if Cerrone, who is notorious for keeping a torrid pace in scheduling his bouts, would be interested in waiting until December to fight again.
If the bout happens later this year, it will be the second between Dos Anjos and Cerrone. The two fought back in August of 2013, with Dos Anjos winning by unanimous decision. The loss was the last defeat suffered by Cerrone in his professional MMA career.
The two have another connection: Dos Anjos’ only loss since 2011 was to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was originally scheduled to face Cerrone at UFC 187. But knee injuries have kept Nurmagomedov sidelined since late last year.