On Saturday night, Donald Cerrone will throw down with Eddie Alvarez, who is a former Bellator lightweight champ that has been long regarded as one of the planet’s best 155’ers. Now, if for some reason Cerrone hadn’t seen Alvarez fight in the past–he’s a busy guy after all–he certainly has now right? As a means to prepare for their UFC 178 scrap? Well, apparently not.
“It’s going to be a scrap. Dude throws down. That’s all I know about him. Haven’t really seen him fight, ever. That’s what people tell me. S**t, I’m ready. Never seen Eddie fight, ever. Never, never, never. I’ve seen a picture of him before. That’s it. I don’t watch fights. People don’t understand. They’re like, ‘You don’t know anything about your opponent?’ ‘No, I know nothing about him.’
Wow. It’s not uncommon to hear from fighters that they don’t watch a lot of MMA, or that they may not have seen an opponent scrap if there’s no footage available, but this is Alvarez. A man, who as the interviewer noted, had two thrilling bouts with Michael Chandler.
Now, Cerrone could be just saying all this, as a form of mental chess and a means to mess with Alvarez mentally, but if not, that’s a crazy revelation.
All that aside, there’s no question there’s a lot riding on the fight, as Cerrone has won four in a row and is currently ranked #5. A win over Alvarez, who is positioned at #14, would further entrench “Cowboy” in the title shot mix.
When asked about the possibility of waiting for the winner of Anthony Pettis-Gilbert Melendez, which will take place on December 6th, Cerrone offered this:
“They don’t fight until December, right? They won’t be ready to fight probably until February again. That’s a long wait for me. I’ll just take fights. I don’t care about my position in the top 10, top five of if I’m No. 1. I’ll fight anybody. I just want to fight. Make money. I won’t sit and wait.”
Now that’s another reason why Dana White is a big, big fan of the 31 year-old vet. If you’re keeping track, Cerrone’s scrap on Saturday will be his fourth of the year. In other words, the Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter is still hoping to have a 5 fight campaign…
UFC 178 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will feature flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson taking on Chris Cariaso. The pay-per-view card will also see Conor McGregor battle fellow featherweight contender Dustin Poirier, and the return of Dominick Cruz, who will face Takeya Mizugaki.