Tonight’s lightweight scrap between Donald Cerrone and Rafael dos Anjos is an intriguing and important fight, which is why it was tapped to co-headline UFC Fight Night 27. Although Cerrone cruised to a UD win over KJ Noons in May to rebound from his quick loss to Anthony Pettis in January, a defeat would be a big setback in terms of his title shot hunt.
Of course, for dos Anjos, a victory over “The Cowboy” would likely be the biggest win of his career to date, and could land him a fight with a top five contender. If you’re keeping track, Cerrone is currently ranked #6 in the division, while dos Anjos has worked his way into the #10 spot, thanks to a four fight winning streak. While Cerrone recently acknowledged to MMA Junkie.com that he’s not overly familiar with what dos Anjos will bring to the cage, the WEC vet certainly sounds like he’s ready for war tonight in Indianapolis.
“The guy’s on a four-fight win streak,” Cerrone said. “I don’t know too much about him – I know he’s a great striker and great jiu-jitsu, and that’s really all I know. But he needs to worry about what I’m going to be doing. I’m coming hard. Whether it goes to the ground, or stands up, I plan to kick ass and take names.”
In addition, Cerrone also relayed that he’s not looking to shut down his 2013 campaign after tonight, even though it will be his third bout of the year (four, five fight campaigns for UFC vets aren’t exactly common these days).
“As soon as I get through this one, I’m calling out who I want to fight in December,” Cerrone said. “I hear they’ve got a Vegas card. And maybe I’ll sneak one more in. I’ll bring the boat down to Vegas one more time before I’ve got to put it away.”
The way Cerrone fights, chances are most fans wouldn’t mind seeing him scrap one more time this year, although that could all depend on what goes down tonight.
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