The “Cowboy’s” Exiting Lightweight Division After UFC 167

Donald Cerrone

Donald Cerrone has been one of the UFC’s top lightweights for a while now, but after a year which has featured losses to Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos, it looks like “Cowboy” is going to change things up.  If you’re wondering, the noted finisher has gone 7-3 to date with the UFC.

In a recent interview with The Denver Post, Cerrone has relayed that he plans on moving to featherweight after he throws down with Evan Dunham at UFC 167 on November 16th. The 30 year-old fighter had this to say about his decision to make the drop:

“It was my idea,” said Cerrone. “(UFC’s) response was, ‘As long as you do it healthy, it’s fine.”

“Right now, my diet, I can eat what I want. I’m not really disciplined on that side. But if I tighten up what I eat and train a little harder, I’ll be fine,” he said.

So, the news might surprise some, considering Cerrone is currently ranked #10 in the lightweight division, but clearly the Jackson’s MMA fighter sees some benefits in moving to 145.  When asked about who he might be interested in fighting, Cerrone mentioned a decorated lightweight who’s also expected to move to featherweight soon.

“A great fight that I’d love is B.J. Penn,” Cerrone said. “That would be so awesome. He’s a veteran of the sport. He’s fought everywhere. I don’t know how many fights B.J. has left, so it’d be cool to get in there with a legend.”

That’s certainly a fight that a lot of people would like to see. Cerrone also noted that his goal of winning a “belt” will remain at 145.

Of course, first things first, and that’s the always tough Evan Dunham. The 31 year-old fighter is also coming off a UD loss to dos Anjos, after earning a split decision over Gleison Tibau at UFC 156 in February.

UFC 167 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stay tuned to Caged Insider.com for all your UFC news and coverage.

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