The back-and-forth banter between UFC lightweights Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis has been heated to say the last over the past few months with each man clamoring for a chance to shut the other up. Unfortunately, Pettis suffered a shoulder injury in training and has been sidelined since. Though his recovery is complete, Pettis recently suffered another setback when he contracted a staph infection and was hospitalized as a result.

While Cerrone understands Pettis isn’t to blame for his condition and still wants to clash with him for top contendership, it sounds like the tough-as-nails 155er is itching to fight again and doesn’t know how long he can wait before scratching it.

“Does waiting on him make sense? I don’t know,” reflected Cerrone in a conversation with MMAJunkie after acknowledging a win over Pettis would likely be the fastest way to earn an opportunity at achieving his ultimate goal of becoming champion. “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,” “Cowboy” concluded.

Cerrone even teased the idea of going up in weight if necessary, explaining, “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.”

The 29-year old Cerrone has won eight of his last night fights including consecutive instances of success against Jeremy Stephens and Melvin Guillard. He holds an overall record of 19-4 with fifteen finishes to his credit.