Recently more than a few eyebrows were raised when it was announced that Cerrone was going to fight Cote at UFC FN 89 on June 18th. The reason being, that most people believed Cerrone’s welterweight scrap with Alex Oliveira was more about staying busy, rather than abandoning lightweight. Then when Cerrone was booked for another scrap at 170, it raised questions as to whether the veteran might be thinking about staying up.
Well, recently Cerrone spoke to MMA Junkie.com, and as it turns out, his desire to fight sooner than later, is why he’s taking on Cote.
“The weight didn’t matter; I just wanted to fight,” Cerrone said. “Everyone that made sense at 155 just had a fight or had a fight coming up. I wanted to fight sooner than June. I wanted the end of April or the beginning of May. This is the soonest one they could get. (Otherwise) it was sitting and waiting for somebody to get hurt. But the odds of that? You never know. It’s a gamble in itself.”
Fair enough. Cerrone also went on to say that he’s not pleased about the fact that he’s dropped in the lightweight rankings to #9. It does seem pretty ridiculous no? The only 155’ers who have defeated Cerrone since 2013 are reigning champ Rafael dos Anjos, and former champ Anthony Pettis. During that time Cerrone’s scored wins over folks like Benson Henderson, Myles Jury and Eddie Alvarez.
This aside, it’s going to be interesting to see how he does against Cote. A guy who was a contender at 185, has a chin that is apparently made of iron, and who can crack.