Donald Cerrone is going to get his first fight of 2017 out of the way on January 28th, and the rugged vet hopes it’s the first of six scraps this year.
Cerrone will take on Jorge Masvidal on that day at UFC on FOX 23, which will go down in Denver, Colorado. The fight comes as Cerrone has scored four consecutive wins fighting at welterweight, and as the lightweight contender has moved into the #5 ranking at 170. As a result, a win over Masvidal could very well push Cerrone into a bout with title shot implications.
Recently Cerrone spoke with FOX Sports, and while discussing what he hopes comes next, after facing Masvidal, “Cowboy” stated:
“I just care about keep on fighting. I know they’ve got the (Tyron) Woodley-(Stephen) Thompson fight coming in March. I wouldn’t mind getting a No. 1 contender fight in March also maybe on the same card and then fight the winner of those two,” Cerrone said.
“Just more about keep on fighting. I don’t want to sit and wait. I just like to stay busy.”
Of course, getting by Masvidal won’t be an easy task. The veteran fighter is coming off wins over Jake Ellenberger and Ross Pearson, and although he’s lost two of his last five bouts, both of those defeats were via split decision (against Benson Henderson and Lorenz Larkin). It’s also worth noting that Masvidal hasn’t been stopped since 2009.
As mentioned earlier, Cerrone also said that he hopes to fight six times in 2017. That’s right. Six times. Last year the Jackson – Wink fighter competed four times, and in 2015, Cerrone also threw down the same amount. Not many fighters on the UFC roster can say that.