Donald Cerrone knows what kind of fighter Nate Diaz is. Beyond the technical aspect of his game – which Cowboy admits is formidable – Diaz competes with fire in his eyes and a chip on his shoulder, which is something Cerrone can relate to.
“He’s got good stand up. When the fight goes to the ground, his jiu-jitsu is very good. All that aside, motherf***er is game,” Cerrone assesses. “Right now if I bumped into him in the parking lot and said whatsup, we’re throwing down and, to me, I like that mentality. You can’t teach that. They come to fight, and me too.”
Cowboy knows that the same kind of fire burns inside of himself, though, and he isn’t afraid to find out whose burns stronger. He believes that Diaz’s consistent surliness will only push him to fight that much harder and that he’ll be walking away the victor on Friday night as a result.
“I’m just as game as you are, you don’t have to be from Stockton to be tough,” says Cowboy. “I am the best striker in the ’55 division, I know that. There’s one hundred percent, I know that. So, I’m gonna kick him, I’m gonna knee him, I’m gonna elbow him, I’m gonna punch him. If he wants to stand, let’s stand. Come fight night, let’s go motherf***er, I don’t care where it goes. But, you wanna talk sh** to me, you’re just gonna enrage me and piss me off, and make me a better a fighter. So feed my f***in’ flame, that’s how I say. Let’s go. Hell or high water, I’ll be there to fight Nate and at the end of the night I’m gonna have my hand raised, I can tell you that.”
Cerrone and Diaz will meet in the co-main event of UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem this Friday, December 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.