UFC fighters must take note when wanting to make Dana White a happy man! Cerrone knows all the tricks of the trade!
‘Cowboy’ took to the microphone before his main card win last night to say:
“Whoever wants to sign the contract, I say that, and I mean it. You see a lot of guys that want to sit, say they’re hurt, secure their position in the top-10. I don’t care. If the last place guy wants to step up and fight me, come on with it. That’s how I feel. If you want to get in there and fight, let’s go.”
Cerrone comes off a huge 2nd Round KO Main Event win last night at UFC Fight Night 45 against Jim Miller which now fires him in to the top 10 USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA Lightweight Rankings. Cerrone was also awarded Performance Of The Night alongside Lucas Martins.
For Cerrone, this was his third fight of 2014 and this most recent victory adds to his recent record of amazing performances to which he has walked away with bonuses in each fight for “Performance Of The Night”, “Submission Of The Night” and “Knockout Of The Night”. Last night’s performance means he has been awarded a bonus in his previous four fights!
Cerrone said he’s enjoying his role this week as a UFC headliner but doesn’t really care about where he’s placed on cards moving forward.
“It’s cool seeing my picture on the poster,” Cerrone said. “That’s cool. But I’ll fight the first fight of the night, the first guy out there. I don’t care. First, second, last – it’s all the same to me. It don’t matter.”
After last night’s main event, Cerrone said he’s happy to accept another assignment as quickly as possible, regardless of the outcome. Truth be told, if UFC officials didn’t tap the brakes for him, Cerrone would probably fight every week. And when pressed to see if there’s a particular name that makes sense, Cerrone points out No. 7-ranked Khabib Nurmagomedov as an opponent that seems to be struggling to find a dance partner – that is, if the UFC doesn’t need him at next week’s UFC on FOX 12 event.
“There’s a guy that everyone is saying they’re scared to fight, so I’ll go ahead and step up; I don’t mind: that Khabib dude,” Cerrone said. “Bring his ass on, too. I don’t care.”
“Who, when, that doesn’t matter. Chasing that belt, that’s the overall goal for sure. But like I said, I just want to fight. I know Michael Johnson just got hurt. I’ll gladly 10 days from now go fight Josh Thomson, no problem. Just load up the RV, take off and go.”
“I want to know when I’m fighting people say, ‘I’m buying that pay-per-view. I’m pulling off the road, we’re finding a bar because I know this fight is going down,’” Cerrone said. “That’s what I want. That’s the only legacy I care about. I want people to know I fought my ass off and gave everything I had.”
It’s great to see another fighter that likes to put on a big show for the fans! He is the type of fighter I love. He likes to be the best fighter he can be and always give the best performance he possibly can. It definitely shows from his past 4 fights ending in a performance bonus!