Donald Cerrone is riding a five fight, winning streak heading into his UFC 182 scrap with Myles Jury, and according to his coach, Greg Jackson, a shift in focus is a key reason why.
Anyone who has followed the career of Cerrone knows that he’s been one of the sport’s top lightweights for some time, but, “Cowboy” has fallen short in several key fights. In other words, if not for Cerrone’s losses to Anthony Pettis, Nate Diaz and most recently Rafael dos Anjos, who knows where the #4 ranked fighter would be positioned right now.
The 31 year-old Cerrone recently spoke to MMA Fighting.com about his career and the changes he’s underdone. In the story, the renowned Jackson was also quoted saying:
“I’ve known him since he was a kid, since he came here eight, nine years ago. So I see a shift in him. And it’s time. That’s what I always say, Donald’s turned his corner. His mentality is different. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard him say, ‘I really want that belt. I’m going after this thing.’ Like, I’ve never heard him say that. Usually it’s like, ‘I don’t care who I fight and what I do.’ But I just see a focus shift in him.”
The gym’s striking coach, Mike Winkeljohn, also echoed Jackson’s sentiments.
While it remains to be seen whether Cerrone can get by the talented Myles Jury on Saturday night, it’s interesting to hear that the New Mexico fighter does indeed have championship aspirations.
If Cerrone defeats Jury, then the Jackson’s MMA fighter will likely be one win away from securing a title shot. If Jury wins, then the 26 year-old could very well crack the division’s top five ranks.
UFC 182 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.