‘Cowboy’ Cerrone: I’ve never heard of my opponent
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone spoke with Ariel Helwani ahead of his fight with Adriano Martins Saturday night at UFC on FOX 10 live on free television.
Cerrone is a top-10 lightweight, a precarious spot where a win can mean a title shot is tantalizingly close, and a loss means the ladder just turned into one the NYPD uses to get half way up a skyscraper.
Thus most fighters try to choose an opponent carefully, where a win is huge, and a loss not so bad. With seven ‘of the Night’ performance bonuses, Cerrone has earned theat right. But Cowboy is not most fighters.
He said he’s going to fight six times in 2014.
“If there’s anybody on the bench that wants a fight, Cowboy will fight you,” he said. “I’m not trying to protect my ranking – ‘oh I’m in the top 10 I don’t want to fight you.’ You want to fight, let’s fight.”
Not only did Cerrone mean it, he doesn’t even know who his opponent is.
“Never heard of him. Don’t care,” Cerrone told Ariel Helwani. “Saturday night he better show up.”
Martins a Brazilian black belt in BJJ on a six-fight win streak, is coming off of wins last year over Jorge Gurgel in Strikeforce, and Daron Cruickshank in the UFC. Like a good tactician, he was pleased by the remarks.
“I think that’s positive that he hasn’t seen my fights,” Martins told MMAjunkie. “Because I’ve seen his. It gives me an advantage. It’s going to be a tough fight. One of us is going to come out on top with his hand raised, and I think it’s going to be me, and I hope it’s going to be me.”