Donald Cerrone may have been defeated by Rafael dos Anjos when they met in 2013, but the lightweight contender believes their upcoming rematch is going to be very, very different.

Cerrone and RDA battled at UFC Fight Night 27 a couple of years ago, and the latter went on to score a unanimous decision victory. Since then, Cerrone has gone on to win 8 straight fights (keep in mind this has happened in just two years), and has been tapped for a shot at the new champ on December 19th.

Well, recently “Cowboy” spoke with “Inside MMA“, and he was asked about his upcoming scrap with dos Anjos. While discussing their initial encounter, and why things will be different at UFC on FOX 17, Cerrone stated (quote via MMA

“Starting slow – that’s what I always do,” Cerrone said. “He capitalized very well and hit me hard. Maybe just starting a little faster (this time). We’ve got five rounds, man. Cardio’s my thing. Five rounds with me is going to be a scary thing for him. Hopefully he trains really hard and does whatever he has to do. I’ll be ready. There won’t be a question in my mind I’ll be the new lightweight champion.”

That’s an interesting way of looking at it, although, RDA boosters will likely point out that he went five round with Anthony Pettis in March, and didn’t slow down too much.

It’s a compelling fight on many levels, as the striking game of dos Anjos continues to evolve and his ground skills, particularly his top game, are scary. That said, Cerrone is currently on one of the most impressive runs the sport has seen in recent years…

UFC on FOX 17 will be hosted by the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.