Donald Cerrone To Test Featherweight Waters After UFC 167
Donald Cerrone has provided plenty of thrills to UFC fans during a 10-fight lightweight career, but a change of plans is in the works. Cerrone intends to move down to the featherweight ranks after his fight at UFC 167 against Evan Dunham.
He laid out his plans in an interview with the Denver Post. On November 16, Cerrone will be looking to get back in the win column after suffering a loss to Rafael dos Anjos his last time out. That defeat was a definite career setback for Cerrone, who has tumbled in the rankings after going just 3-3 in his last six fights.
Cerrone is 7-3 in his Octagon career and has received multiple Fight and Knockout of the Night bonuses. He’s been in with the best that the 155 pound division has to offer, including current champion Anthony Pettis. Cerrone’s a fighter who was involved in some epic encounters dating back to his WEC days, and it has carried over into his UFC tenure. His crowd-pleasing style has made him a fan favorite.
The first thing that comes to mind is how is Cerrone going to lose another 10 pounds? Seeing him fight at 155 pounds, he’s usually in peak condition and looks extra lean because of his 6-foot frame. Cerrone believes the 145 pound limit is within his sights with obvious lifestyle changes and more intense training. He would be one of the taller competitors in the division, and his aggressive style would make for some fresh, exciting challenges in the featherweight weight class.
Cerrone believes he can be a dominant force in a division that has been under the lengthy rule of champion Jose Aldo. He’ll get the opportunity to prove that after what should be an exciting battle against Dunham at UFC 167.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports