Donald Cerrone and Evan Dunham battled it out last night at UFC 167. Both of these fighters needed a win as they were coming off some poor performances. It seemed like both were content to put on a show for the fans, and this was clear from the very start.
Dunham looked to pressure Cerrone, but Cowboy wouldn’t back down. Cerrone landed some great kicks and knees to Dunham which added up over time. Then at the end of the third, Cerrone was able to lock up the triangle, getting the submission finish. It was one of Cerrone’s most impressive performances inside the UFC, and it couldn’t have come at a better time because his job could have been on the line if he’d lost.
Now, Cerrone reasserts himself in the lightweight picture as he picked of Submission of the Night for his efforts. After the win, at the post-fight press conference, Cerrone said he might try his hand in the featherweight division. He is already a big lightweight, so the cut to featherweight would be a tough one.
Stranger things have happened in MMA have happened, however, and if he can get with the right nutritionist such as Mike Dolce, he certainly could be a contender at featherweight.
Cerrone has always been one of the most exciting fighters to watch, but he’s never really put together a streak that has warranted a title shot. Cerrone plans to change this, and it seems that he has rediscovered the hunger that he has been looking for.