Donald Cerrone knows one of his biggest weaknesses when he steps inside the Octagon is being a slow starter.
Unfortunately for “Cowboy,” he has no idea how to fix that.
Cerrone returns to the cage this Sunday night, taking on Alex Oliveira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 83 from Pittsburgh. It will be his first fight back since a loss to UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in December.
“I just pray to God he doesn’t start fast,” Cerrone said, when asked how he deals with slow starts during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “I have no idea how to deal with it. I haven’t found the secret yet. Maybe Sunday I’ll have the secret recipe here in Pittsburgh.”
Originally, Cerrone was scheduled to meet Tim Means in the main event, marking his debut at welterweight. However, he acknowledged during the interview another bout was first presented to him.
“They asked me to take a fight against Tarec Saffiedine at 170,” he said. “That’s why I moved up a weight class. Then it changed to Tim Means and that didn’t work out. Now, I’m fight a 155’er here at 170.”
Despite all that, he reiterated his claim of “anyone, anytime, any place.”
“If they called me in two weeks, I’d still fight,” Cerrone said. “It doesn’t matter. I’m here to make money.”
The 32-year-old Cerrone has picked up 10 “fight-night” bonuses since coming over to the UFC to go along with the five “Fight of the Nights” he captured with the WEC. He has won eight of his last nine, including five finishes.