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UFC 178: So Donald Cerrone Insists He’s Never Seen Eddie Alvarez Fight

Kelsey Mowatt

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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.

Cerrone recently spoke with Sherdog.com about the upcoming bout, and during the interview, the lightweight contender relayed the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“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.

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