Not long after defeating Charles Oliveira at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle, Donald Cerrone was already asking for another fight inside the Octagon.
Cerrone (16-3) will be making his fourth appearance in the UFC this year when he meets Dennis Siver at UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz on October 29 from Las Vegas. “The Cowboy” took the fight after Sam Stout pulled out due to the passing of his trainer, Shawn Tompkins.
For Cerrone, it is a chance to remain active while the UFC lightweight title mess gets sorted out.
Since coming over from the WEC, Cerrone has been on a mission, scoring a submission victory over Paul Kelly, a decision win against Vagner Rocha and a TKO over Oliveira. He has won five consecutive fights since falling to Ben Henderson in a bout for the WEC title.
Getting the opportunity to face Siver (19-7) was a chance Cerrone could not pass up.
“He is a very good striker. It’s a great opportunity since he’s currently ranked in the Top-10 in the world. I love fighting guys who will stand and bang, and plus he’s got real unorthodox stand up. He throws hard and has heavy hands,” Cerrone said. “I feel like the pressure is on him and he has to perform.”
When the WEC was merged with the UFC last year, many wondered just how well the WEC fighters would perform. Cerrone and Henderson, just to name a few, have come out strong, scoring several key wins over UFC veterans, much to the delight of Cerrone.
“Little brother just beat the big brother’s ass!” said Cerrone, in regards to his win over Oliveira and Henderson’s triumph against Jim Miller on the same card. “They tried to call us the little brothers and say that we didn’t belong. This just goes to show what we knew all along, we belong. Not only do we belong but we’re taking over!”
The 28-year-old currently lives on a 10-acre ranch he calls the “Tapout Ranch” which has a wing dedicated to fighters wanting to live and train with other fighters.
“The ranch has been a huge asset for our training. We have been able to bring guys in to push us in all areas,” Cerrone said. “I try to find the best wrestlers, kickboxers and grapplers each camp. The ranch has given us a chance to house them in house and be able to train anytime we want. We now have the gym on property.”
As for the Siver fight, Cerrone knows it is just another step in the right direction to where he wants to end up.
“I am going to be the UFC lightweight champion,” Cerrone said. “Cowboy is coming. October 29 is the next step in my journey to the top!”