Donald Cerrone has had a perfect 2011 to date, winning three fights. Saturday, he’ll step inside the Octagon again when he meets Dennis Siver at UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz.
Cerrone has won five consecutive bouts since a loss to Ben Henderson in early 2010. He is 16-3 in his career, including 3-0 in the UFC. After defeating Charles Oliveira in August by first round TKO, “Cowboy” informed the UFC he’d be ready to go if needed again this year.
Sam Stout pulled out of the planned fight with Siver due to trainer Shawn Tompkins passing away. Cerrone wasted no time in taking advantage.
“I called them. I saw that Stout got hurt so I made the call,” said Cerrone, while appearing on Pro MMA Radio’s Larry Pepe show (thanks to MMAMania.com for transcribing). “I said, ‘(Expletive), I see Stout’s out. Do you guys need a guy?’ They were like, ‘Uh…yeah!’ That’s how it happened. I stay ready most of the time. I stay in shape.”
Siver has won four straight and is 19-7. He has stopped Matt Wiman, George Sotiropoulos, Andre Winner and Spencer Fisher since a loss to Ross Pearson. He had won four consecutive fights prior to the Pearson loss.
“I’m gonna go in there and impose my will and do what I do and not worry about what they do,” Cerrone said. “You know, I’m fighting Siver…I don’t care what he’s gonna do. I know what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna go in there and whip his (expletive) so I can get to Lake Havasu (Arizona) and play on my boat. That’s what I’m gonna do.”