UFC lightweight Donald Cerrone hopes to continue his impressive run when he squares off against explosive Brazilian Edson Barboza at this weekend’s UFC on FOX 11 event in Orlando. “Cowboy” is looking to continue his climb back up the 155-pound ladder while Barboza is facing the biggest test of his career.
The No. 8 ranked Cerrone is hoping to work his way back into the title picture and is fresh off a devastating knockout of Adriano Martins. The veteran ended the night in the first round with a brutal head kick in capturing a Knockout of the Night bonus at UFC on FOX 10. It was a tremendous follow-up to his submission victory over Evan Dunham at UFC 167.
Cerrone has been in with the division’s best fighters during a 12-fight Octagon tenure that has produced an impressive 9-3 record. He’s forged a reputation during his WEC and UFC careers for his exciting battles and is a consistent threat when it comes to post-fight bonuses. The veteran has taken his game to another level since losing to Rafael dos Anjos at Fight Night 27. He’s banking on a busy and productive 2014 as Cerrone is hoping to stay as active as possible.
Barboza’s last Octagon appearance was an exciting majority decision win against Danny Castillo. He showed plenty of resolve in rallying to get the victory after nearly being finished in the opening round. He has a 13-1 career record with his lone loss coming in a major upset at the hands of Jamie Varner.
The No. 12 ranked Barboza is a tremendously flashy competitor who has shown the ability to finish fights with 10 victories having come by knockout or submission. He has already produced one of the more spectacular knockouts in Octagon history with his spinning wheel kick destruction of Terry Etim back at UFC 142.
This is a can’t miss all-action battle. Cerrone and Barboza both have a track record of producing thrilling contests and explosive results. The veteran is determined to make one more title run and an impressive showing against Barboza would definitely have him in the mix.
As for Barboza, he’s gotten to the point where he wanted to test himself against elite competition. He can take his career to a whole new level if he can get past “Cowboy”. It’s the type of matchup that has the potential to produce plenty of excitement and a violent conclusion.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports