Cerrone: Does it make sense to wait for Pettis?

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

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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Jclover123 site profile image  

10/24/12 10:26 PM by Jclover123

Cerrone vs. Josh Thomson would be a great fight. And don't talk shit about Thomson because anyone who saw the last fight against Melendez, knows that Josh won that fight. This matchup would be a great standup fight.

BzGrappla site profile image  

10/24/12 2:11 PM by BzGrappla

ya cerrone would whoop melendez just like he whooped nate ... OH WAIT

Wanking in me Mums knickers site profile image  

10/24/12 2:05 PM by Wanking in me Mums knickers

Yeah. If I were Cowboy, I'd be like "fuck that. I am not getting into the ring with that dude until his staph is 100% cleared up." Then site the reasoning as I don't want to fight him at anything less than 100%

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10/24/12 1:48 PM by FixedPartialArts

From my understanding, nothing has changed vis a vis Pettis, after both the shoulder re-aggravation and elbow infection. The plan for a while I think was going to be to schedule their fight in January because December is booked for spots befitting of a Cerrone vs. contender match. So yes, he might as well wait to schedule another match in the meantime. But if he gets a late replacement opportunity in Dec. vs. Maynard, Lauzon, Bendo, Diaz or Nov. vs. RDA, Bocek, Stout; before Pettis can sign, then by all means he should jump at the opportunity. Then maybe he could still fight Pettis on schedule or soon afterward, otherwise be in as good as or better of a position and not need that fight.

The Overseer site profile image  

10/24/12 1:35 PM by The Overseer

Somebody PLEASE give this guy a VTFU.

OnlyTheStrongSurvive site profile image  

10/24/12 1:34 PM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

Cerrone would whoop Meldendez. I hope it happens

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

10/24/12 1:27 PM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

Donald Cerrone represents everything that is right about MMA. Does he want to get paid? Fuck yes. Is he willing to take risky fights and put it on the line for bigger rewards? Fuck yes. Is he looking to kick the other guy's ass when he steps in there? Yep. Does he hate them or feel the need to cut phony pro wrestling promos to say that? Nope. An honestly talented fighter who would fight once a month if allowed and he were paid to do so. A fresh breath of air in an era full of phony showmen, guys fighting 2 times a year and fighters who expend more energy in their efforts to avoid fighting certain guys than they do in the cage against guys they actually fight. Maybe you don't like Donald Cerrone. But it's not because you don't respect him as a fighter or because you hate his gimmicky character. He is who he is and at his core is really a fighter and in the end that proves to be far more entertaining to me and is more worth my PPV money than guys who are more entertainers than fighters.

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10/24/12 1:25 PM by The Overseer

In for Melendez v Cerrone

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10/24/12 1:12 PM by TheHebrewHammer


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10/24/12 12:59 PM by PR Pretty Boy

This!! Signed!!