I will be the first one to admit it: my picks this year have been horrendous so far.
I am not going to bring them all up, but let us just say that I went on record stating that there was no way that Vitor Belfort would knock out Dan Henderson. Yeah, I guess you could say that it has been a fun week. Just to spite myself though, I will be making another bold prediction: Donald Cerrone will be in his most dangerous form this Saturday night.
It was major news that Cerrone is dropping down to the featherweight division — win or lose. This type of decision has to free a fighter’s mind for his next bout because it means that there are zero consequences. Yes, there is a monetary difference (which is a huge deal) but no matter what, their job is secure because they have found new life in another division.
This makes Cerrone a very dangerous fighter. He has admitted that the pressure sometimes gets to him and he cannot perform. This drop is going to give him complete freedom in the fight, which is going to make for a long night for his opponent, Evan Dunham.
Dunham has demonstrated in the past that he is one fighter who will not stay down. He has a penchant for trying to out-heart his opponent. If Cerrone starts to get loose and Dunham thinks that this is going to be a brawl, be on the lookout for Dunham to absorb a hard shot. It is not that Dunham does not have the skill to hang with Cerrone, but he will throw it away if he can’t coax Cerrone into a dogfight.
This Saturday night, look for Cerrone to put on a performance of a lifetime.