Karalexis calls out Cowboy

by Mitch Ciccarelli | source: heavy.com

Six months following their fight of the year performance at WEC 43, lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone are one week away from doing it all over again at WEC 48, except this time the bout will air live on Pay-Per-View.

However, one fighter in the WEC 155-lbs division does not feel that Cerrone has done much to warrant a third title shot. WEC lightweight and UFC veteran Alex Karalexis recently spoke with Heavy.com and expressed his frustrations regarding Cerrone.

“What has “Cowboy” done? This is going to be his third title loss if he loses. To me, he hasn’t made a name for himself as far as he hasn’t beaten anyone that he wasn’t supposed to beat,” Karalexis said. “All he’s done so far is his job. What, because the guy walks around with his cowboy hat on and has that TapouT deal and they promote him?”

“[Cerrone] hasn’t impressed me. Just because he’s good at taking a beating, like, I don’t get it. I’m confused. He’s talented, he’s a good fighter and he brings it, so I know why the fans like him. I enjoy watching him fight, but I’m sitting here watching him get all these title shots and I’m thinking why? Just because he’s beating kids he’s supposed to beat? Maybe I’m old school,” Karalexis said with a chuckle.

After a one-year hiatus due to injuries, Karalexis (1-2 UFC, 4-2 WEC) will also be competing at WEC 48 against Anthony Pettis on the preliminary card that will air live on Spike TV. The Boston native acknowledges Cerrone’s toughness, but does not believe “Cowboy” should be receiving multiple opportunities when others who have been working just as hard and have not been granted one.

“He’s got to do something, I mean, how many opportunities is this kid going to get?” Karalexis said. “He better win this fight. If he doesn’t, what are they going to do with him? He’s lost three title fights! I’ve been here for how long and I haven’t even gotten one.”

Cerrone’s losses to Jamie Varner and Henderson were close bouts in which Cerrone displayed tremendous heart – but they were still defeats. “Cowboy” followed both of those losses up with submission victories over James Krause and Ed Ratcliff, but Karalexis is not impressed.

“It’s like dude you lost two [expletive] title fights, you got beat both times. What’s your claim to fame? You beat up a washed up Rob McCullough? Where’s Rob now? So, it’s like know your role and don’t walk around like a [expletive] bad ass because you haven’t done anything yet,” Karalexis said.

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brahmabull81 site profile image  

4/22/10 2:33 AM by brahmabull81

Pettis by violent island savage rape.Alex can talk all he wants, but getting violently beat down doesnt get you title shots.

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

4/22/10 2:00 AM by JimmersonzGlove

 Pettis will win.

ajl416az site profile image  

4/22/10 1:35 AM by ajl416az

some of you that first round again without your cowboy hats on. Ratcliffe was doing real well before that no-class turd kneed him in the balls 3 times.  he noticeably wobbled him early in the first with a nice shot, and was faster. then Cowboy somehow did the exact same strike 3 times and never landed it anywhere but the testicles.   left knee from the clinch, where he doen't even hip out and bring it up to the body or head.  just raises the knee straight up to the sack.   suspicious that a guy known for being a slow starter, was off to a slow start until he happened to land a series of illegal shots that took away his opponents mobility. i wouldn't want to fight a guy who is willing to do the Cup Cheick Kongo 

GaGasSoldierDickTuks2 site profile image  

4/21/10 4:36 PM by GaGasSoldierDickTuks2

So post the scorecards then.

BryanHamper site profile image  

4/21/10 4:05 PM by BryanHamper

"Numbnuts" that was a good oneWhat scorecard... your kidding right? Last time I checked they score each round, the fight was finished in the 3rd... 2 rounds were scored prior.

MURRdered by Carwin site profile image  

4/20/10 9:01 PM by MURRdered by Carwin

Karalexis should be more concerned about this...   Then bitching about another fighter getting opportunities.   

GaGasSoldierDickTuks2 site profile image  

4/20/10 8:38 PM by GaGasSoldierDickTuks2


Hiro Protagonist site profile image  

4/20/10 8:15 PM by Hiro Protagonist

GaGasSoldierDickTuks2 is either an MMA revisionist historian or Ray Charles.  You have no idea what you're talking about.  Cerrone whipped Ratcliffe's ass standing.

Fwogz1 site profile image  

4/20/10 7:53 PM by Fwogz1

are you kidding, radcliff was limping bc cowboy was kicking the shit out of his legs.