Dos Anjos and Cerrone met for the first time in 2013, and handed the latter a unanimous decision loss. At the time, it was Cerrone’s third defeat in six fights, and prompted many to conclude that the lightweight stumbles when it comes to pivotal fights.
Since then, however, Cerrone has silenced many of his critics, by defeating the likes of Myles Jury, Eddie Alvarez and Benson Henderson. Despite Cerrone’s impressive run, however, RDA said the following on “The MMA Hour” (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“I think he’s still the same guy. He’s like a soccer player, a good soccer player that’s at the finals and he has a penalty kick and a chance to score, and he kicks it out of the goal. I think he’s that kind of fighter, you know? When I have big tests, I always go over it. And it will be no different on December 19th. Of course, I think so (he chokes in big fights). And he knows that.”
It’s going to be really interesting to see what goes down on December 19th at UFC on FOX 17. While Cerrone has been a roll as of late, RDA also turned heads by cruising through Nate Diaz, the aforementioned Henderson and Anthony Pettis.
UFC on FOX 17 will be hosted by the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.