Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone fought most recently in August, knocking out Melvin Guillard. Both before and after that fight, he was linked to a potential bout with Anthony Pettis, but "Showtime" has suffered a series of injuries, including shoulder surgery and now an infection.
Cerrone is worried a scheduled scheduled for late January may get delayed, and wants to fight, even if he has to move up a weight class.
"That's the No. 1 contendership, so of course that means something," Cerrone told MMAjunkie.com about the Pettis fight. "That's the ultimate goal to get that title, chase that dream. So it makes sense. Does waiting on him make sense? I don't know."
"It sucks. I need to get with my management team, and we need to figure out what's going on. Is Pettis going to be out longer? Do we need to look at somebody else? What is our plan of attack? I don't even know. If you're getting surgery on your elbow, how long are you going to be out for you. Are you going to be ready in January? Are you not?
"We were supposed to go for Denver. No. OK, we'll be ready in December. January. Now February? March? I understand the guy is hurt, but I've got bills to pay, too."
"I'm 180 pounds right now. For me to make 170 would be a cakewalk. I would definitely do it 100 percent. I would never say no to a fight. If Jon Jones calls, I'll fight him. That's my teammate. Leonard Garcia at 145, that's my brother, and I'd fight him. That's just my attitude toward this sport. You've got to get out there, and you've got to lay it all on the line. You've got to fight hard because that's what people want to see.
"At this point, they could call me tomorrow and say, 'Hey, man, we need you next week,' and I'll be game on."
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