UFC Shouldn't Let Donald Cerrone Fight at Welterweight

By McKinley Noble
UFC Donald Cerrone
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Few fighters in the MMA world really mean it when they say they’ll fight anyone, but UFC star Donald Cerrone is just that kind of crazy. Let’s just hope that matchmaker Joe Silva doesn’t take “Cowboy” seriously when he says he’ll fight at welterweight.

Normally, it’s frustrating to hear any UFC fighter simply say they just want “whomever the company has next,” but it’s a completely different statement coming from Cerrone. Not only is he a popular top-ranked lightweight with plenty of fan support, but he’s continually risked his standing in the division against minor-but-dangerous names like Evan Dunham, Adriano Martins and Edson Barboza.

Unlike certain top UFC talents, Cerrone doesn’t seem to mind bouts that make no sense for him on drawing power or raising his status in the division. That’s crafty genius in its own way, though, since “Cowboy” has netted four straight post-fight bonuses on a rather stellar 4-0 run of highlight reel action.

But even though Cerrone’s clearly willing to fight anyone, it should never be in the 170-pound division.

In case you missed it, that was a real suggestion Cerrone made in aftermath of his head kick KO victory over Jim Miller, telling Fox Sports anchor Jon Anik that he would move up a division to get a fight. That’s incredibly ballsy, and you’ve got to be sure Dana White loves hearing that from one of his best fighters. It’s also sheer, unchecked insanity.

Although Cerrone would certainly hold his own against many lower-tier welterweights, he would be forfeiting the massive size advantage he holds at lightweight. He may weigh-in at 155 for his fights, but Cerrone balloons up roughly 20 pounds once he re-hydrates. That’s a valuable advantage.

And once again, despite the majority of his recent wins coming against unranked opponents, Cerrone is still on an 4-0 winning streak in one of the UFC’s most-stacked divisions — with every win by a finish to boot. That puts him on the cusp of title contention, and there are plenty of interesting matches in that mix.

So please, UFC, don’t let Cerrone fight at welterweight. Keep him at lightweight where he belongs, and let him work his wonderful art in the only division that makes sense.

McKinley Noble is an MMA conspiracy theorist. Follow him at @KenTheGreat1 on Twitter, send a “Like” via Facebook or add him to your network via Google.

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