While there’s already a lot riding on Donald Cerrone’s May 23rd scrap with Khabib Nurmagomedov, it looks like things are starting get a wee bit personal for “Cowboy” as well…
As you know, Cerrone will battle Nurmagomedov at UFC 187, and the winner will advance to face newly crowned, lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos. So, obviously it’s a big fight, but it’s also a very intriguing scrap because Nurmagomedov has been busy lately in terms of the smack talk. Of course, that’s not too surprising, considering “The Eagle” has gone 22-0 to date and has pretty much cruised through his UFC competition…
Well, Cerrone was recently the feature attraction at a Q&A fan session, and here is some of what he had to say about Mr. Nurmagomedov (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I will give Khabib everything I got, I promise that,” Cerrone said. “I will leave nothing in the f**king cage, The (Benson) Henderson fight, I left a lot out there. But I plan on getting Khabib. He’s really getting under my skin. He’s doing a good job talking s**t on Twitter and trying to get under me, and it’s working. So I’m stocking that up and I’m going to come f**king unglued.”
Now, clearly Cerrone has grown tired of Nurmagomedov, but the big question is, will he be able to shut down what might be the best grappling game in MMA? A pedigree which also handed newly crowned champ, Rafael dos Anjos a loss last April? Who, lets not forget, is the last man to defeat Cerrone?
“Cowboy” has certainly looked great since his 2013 defeat to dos Anjos, but even the biggest Cerrone fans would admit (provided they watch / understand MMA) that he has a huge test ahead…It should be an interesting night.
UFC 187 will also feature light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones taking on Anthony Johnson, and middleweight champ Chris Weidman battling Vitor Belfort. The card will also include a heavyweight bout between Andrei Arlovki and Travis Browne, and a flyweight fight between Joseph Benavidez and John Moraga. So, yeah, it’s looking not too shabby.
The event will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.