The welterweight contender will square off with Cerrone at UFC 206, which will go down on Saturday night in Toronto, Ontario. Over the years, Cerrone has become a fan favorite thanks to his aggressive style and willingness to fight pretty much anyone, anytime. Although Cerrone has had issues with opponents in the past, and he’s beefed with Conor McGregor, for the most part, it seems like the vet is well respected by his colleagues.
But, while speaking to the media this week in advance of UFC 206, here is what Brown had to say about Cerrone (quote via MMA Junkie):
“His whole thing is all just based on lies and a lot of people fall into that,” Brown said. “But I ain’t falling into it.”
“Most of my opponents I’m real respectful to and I think they’re respectful to me,” Brown added. “I don’t know if he means it or not. I don’t know if he’s just a douchebag of a person, but I get the feeling that when he’s talking to other people, especially other fighters, that he feels like he’s above other people, and he’s kind of a bully.”
How about that huh? Now, could Brown be looking for reasons to get riled up? Maybe. But, as Brown alluded to, he doesn’t have a history of taking verbal shots at his opponents every time out. In other words, it does seem like the rugged fighter doesn’t care for Mr. Cerrone.
This aside, from a stylistic perspective, Brown – Cerrone has all the makings of a fantastic, fantastic fight. It’s a big fight for Brown, as Cerrone is ranked #5, and since “The Immortal” has lost four of his last five, this is a huge opportunity for him.