The MMA world is still buzzing from what Rafael dos Anjos showcased at UFC 185 this weekend, and like everyone else under the sun, Donald Cerrone was blown away by what the lightweight did to Anthony Pettis.
Heading into the March 14th event, most people understood that dos Anjos was a serious threat to the reign of Pettis, but the consensus was that “Showtime” would still hold the belt on Sunday. Obviously that was wrong.
“It was unbelievable – very unbelievable,” Cerrone said. “I’m impressed. Rafael did a great job of not letting Pettis get his rhythm and stand in the middle of the cage and throw those kicks. He got him against the cage and got him thinking, ‘Punch, punch, punch,’ then he went for the takedown, then secured, then held while he was down.”
Yup. It’s pretty, pretty hard not to be impressed with what dos Anjos did, especially now that its been revealed he did so with an injured MCL. Yes, even if Pettis was having difficulties seeing out of his eye, following that early shot.
Now Cerrone will have to become the first person ever to defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov, if he hopes to avenge his 2013 loss to dos Anjos and become lightweight champ. That’s a tall order, but, Cerrone has certainly been impressing in his own right since that defeat. “Cowboy” has won seven straight since he faced dos Anjos.
Cerrone was also asked if he hopes to face Pettis at some juncture, and the noted finisher stated:
“I’m never opposed to fight anybody,” Cerrone said. “(I plan) on fighting, beating Khabib, beat dos Anjos then tell Pettis to, ‘Come on.’ That’s it. The new and improved ‘Cowboy.’ I’m coming for that belt.”
It will be fascinating to see if the Jackson-Wink MMA fighter can do it.
The Cerrone-Nurmagomedov bout will be part of UFC 187, which will go down on May 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada.