As you’ve probably heard, following Cerrones’ decision win over Myles Jury at UFC 182 Saturday night, “Cowboy” has agreed to replace the injured Eddie Alvarez versus Henderson. Yes, that’s right. This means Cerrone will throw down with two, top ten ranked lightweights in a span of 15 days…
Of course, Cerrone has repeatedly stated that he wants to keep a very busy fight schedule, but even he was calling for a fight on February 14th after UFC 182. Not Janaury 18th. The fighter appeared on a media call recently to talk about his quick, turnaround fight, and while discussing how he will prepare for Henderson, Cerrone stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Prepare? S**t, I don’t even have enough time to prepare a cake,” Cerrone said. “What are you talking about, prepare? I’m just going in there fighting. I’ve got enough time to cut weight and get to Boston. So there will be no gameplan. Just fight. That’s all there is to do. Short, sweet, and get it over with.”
“I don’t have an answer for you on that one,” Cerrone added, when asked if he’s worried about what might come from cutting weight, twice in two weeks. “[That’s] probably damaging, for sure. But so is cocaine and alcohol, so I think this is a little less.
Yup. It’s a pretty bold move by Cerrone. After all, not only is fighting on back-to-back UFC cards, but he’s been tapped to fight a former champ in Henderson. A man, who it should also be noted, decisioned and submitted Cerrone during their time in the WEC.
If Cerrone goes out and defeats Henderson, however, he’ll take a big step towards locking up a title shot in 2015. Rafael dos Anjos is set to face the champion Anthony Pettis in March, and Khabib Nurmagomedov is waiting in the wings, but Cerrone will be right there if he scores a win on January 18th.
UFC FN 59 will be hosted by Boston’s TD Garden Arena and will feature Conor McGregor taking on fellow, featherweight contender Dennis Siver.
Some of the others bouts scheduled for the event include Uriah Hall vs. Louis Taylor, Sean Spencer vs. Cathal Pendred, and Norman Parke vs. Gleison Tibau.