Some of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s comments may have been getting under the skin of Donald Cerrone, but the lightweight contender maintains that their upcoming fight will be all about business.
Cerrone and Nurmagomedov are booked to fight on May 23rd at UFC 187, and recently “Cowboy” relayed the following to fans at a Q&A session:
“But I plan on getting Khabib. He’s really getting under my skin. He’s doing a good job talking s**t on Twitter and trying to get under me, and it’s working. So I’m stocking that up and I’m going to come f**king unglued.”
Well, the 31 year-old appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, and when Cerrone was asked to comment on Nurmagodov’s trash talking, he stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It’s funny to me,” Cerrone said. “I appreciate that he’s trying to build this fight up. I really do. But he’s not really saying anything, like, under the belt, trying to dig at me, piss me off. I’m not mad. It’s just like, enough, man. Everyday he’s coming at me. But it’s good. Mentally, I’m fine. I’m not worried at all…
“This isn’t personal at all. Not even a drop personal. [Nurmagomedov] is trying, but it’s not.”
Interesting. Not even a drop huh? Cerrone also admitted that in the past, he would have let Nurmagomedov’s comments get to him, but now, he understands the importance of fighting without emotion. At the time, Cerrone had issues with Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis, and lost both of those fights.
The noted finisher was also asked for his thoughts on Pettis’s recent, clear cut loss to Rafael dos Anjos, which went down at UFC 185. According to Cerrone, he believes the now former champion didn’t look like “himself” that night. The Jackson-Wink MMA fighter, however, went on to praise dos Anjos for his performance and victory.
UFC 187 will be hosed by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones will battle Anthony Johnson, and in the co-headliner, middleweight champ Chris Weidman will face Vitor Belfort.