As far as Donald Cerrone is concerned, there is no easy fight in the UFC.
Cerrone will now meet John Makdessi at UFC 187 after Khabib Nurmagomedov was injured and forced out of the Memorial Day weekend event in Las Vegas.
For Cerrone, he’ll be putting his seven-fight win streak on the line and enters with all the pressure in the world on his shoulders.
“I don’t think anybody in the UFC is an easy fight,” said Cerrone, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “We’re here for a reason. I was really looking forward to fighting Khabib.”
Since a 2013 loss to current UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos, Cerrone (27-6) has downed the likes of Benson Henderson, the then-unbeaten Myles Jury, Eddie Alvarez and Jim Miller. He’s also taken bouts vs. Edson Barboza, Adriano Martins and Evan Dunham where he’s been the overwhelming favorite.
But as someone who constantly looks to fight and vows to never back down from a challenge, Cerrone couldn’t say no to another all-or-nothing bout.
“I can’t be the guy who says I’ll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime and then not take a fight,” he said. “I have to keep my word. They gave me a new opponent.
“I just want to fight. That’s my mentality. I’m excited.”
Many names, including Jorge Masvidal and Josh Thomson, offered via social media to step in. Cerrone said the UFC “didn’t give me much of an option (as far as the opponent).”
“The guy (Makdessi) stepped up,” he added. “I think it’s going to be a great fight.”