Although Donald Cerrone recently conceded that Khabib Nurmagomedov has been “really getting under my skin”, the lightweight says his mental state’s just fine, heading into their UFC 187 scrap.
Nurmagomedov has been bringing it pretty hard with the trash talk as of late, and at a Q&A fan session recently, Cerrone admitted he was getting pretty tired of it. On the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, however, Cerrone had this to say about Nurmagomedov’s verbal warfare (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It’s funny to me,” Cerrone said. “I appreciate that he’s trying to build this fight up. I really do. But he’s not really saying anything, like, under the belt, trying to dig at me, piss me off. I’m not mad. It’s just like, enough, man. Everyday he’s coming at me. But it’s good. Mentally, I’m fine. I’m not worried at all. I get people telling me that I’m scared of Khabib. That’s humorous to me as well. I’ve never been scared of an opponent in my life and I’ve tried to sign a contract to fight Khabib three times now, so if I was scared, I don’t know why I would try to sign a contract three times when no one else would.”
It is hard to imagine Cerrone being afraid to fight any lightweight, even if many people believe Nurmagomedov and his oppressive grappling game are going to pose serious difficulties for him. While “The Eagle’s” fight style might not be every fan’s cup o’ tea, Nurmagomedov has been doing his best to promote the upcoming scrap, as well as his title shot prospects.
Cerrone went on to say that the fight with Nurmagomedov isn’t personal at all, despite the latter’s repeated digs at “Cowboy”.
The 31 year-old fighter was also asked for his take on Anthony Pettis’s recent loss to Rafael dos Anjos, and Cerrone says the now former champ didn’t look like “himself.” Cerrone faced Pettis in 2013 but was taken out in the first round.
The May 23rd, UFC 187 card will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will also see light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones take on Anthony Johnson, and middleweight champ Chris Weidman battle Vitor Belfort.