Khabib Nurmagomedov has been a busy campaigner in recent months, in terms of his quest to win the UFC lightweight title, and the undefeated fighter’s next opponent has clearly grown tired of it…
That man, of course, is Donald Cerrone, who will battle Nurmagomedov on May 23rd at UFC 187. The bout features the #2 ranked Nurmagomedov taking on the division’s #3 positioned Cerrone, and as a result, the winner will advance to face newly crowned champ, Rafael dos Anjos.
Well, prior to UFC 185, Cerrone participated in a Q&A session with fans, and here is some of what he had to say about “The Eagle” (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I will give Khabib everything I got, I promise that,” Cerrone said. “I will leave nothing in the f**king cage, The (Benson) Henderson fight, I left a lot out there. 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.”
Now, anyone who has watched Cerrone fight knows that the “Cowboy” will do his best to hand Nurmagomedov his first defeat, but it remains to be seen if he can. While Cerrone has won seven straight, and is likely the most complete and composed fighter he’s ever been, he’ll be taking on a man who might be the best grappler in all of MMA. A man, it’s worth noting, who decisioned dos Anjos last April, who in turn, is the last person to beat Cerrone…
In other words, Nurmagomedov may not be known for finishing fights, but so far, no one has been able to shut down his smothering top game.
Cerrone was also asked about his 2013 loss to Pettis, which saw the now former champ win the bout with a crushing, first round, liver kick. The 31 year-old Cerrone stated:
“I have no excuses for the fight between Anthony and I, but I feel like I’m kinda on a new rhythm, I’m on a new roll,” Cerrone said. “I’m back to having fun, drinking beer and eating fruit roll-ups, so I don’t know what my approach to fighting Anthony again will be other than just coming unglued and letting him have it.”
Of course, due to what went down this weekend, it might be a while before Cerrone gets a chance to face Pettis. Although, if Cerrone loses to Nurmagomedov, maybe the UFC might look at booking Pettis-Cerrone II later this year?