No competitor in MMA desires to be on the losing end of a record-breaking performance. In the case of Donald Cerrone, he didn’t take his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 141 well, and it certainly showed in his outstanding performance against Jeremy Stephens at the UFC on Fuel 3 event Tuesday night. Cerrone is back in the saddle, so to speak, as he picked Jeremy Stephens apart in their hotly contested bout main card bout.
Cerrone appeared extremely relaxed, and was slickly creative in his dismantling of Stephens, and now he has his sights set on challenging for the UFC lightweight championship by year’s end. In a post fight interview, Cerrone referred to the Diaz bout, as a night where he wasn’t himself, but still praised Diaz for being the better fighter that night. What’s next for “Cowboy” is up in the air, but that did not prevent Donald from stating that he wanted his shot at the belt ASAP, and that it didn’t matter who he had to fight to get there, be it Anthony Pettis, a rematch with Nate, or a direct line to title.
It’s great news for MMA fans to see that Cerrone is back on track, and ready for whatever challenges lay ahead of him, for many would agree that there is no such thing as a dull Donald Cerrone fight, and as current champ Benson Henderson prepares to face Frankie Edgar again at UFC 150, the other 155 pound competitors in the UFC are surely anticipating to see who comes away with the belt this time, so they will be sure of who they will be gunning for by fall.