UFC News: Donald Cerrone announces his return to the Lightweight Division
The Cowboy is set to make a return to the 155-pound division.
What’s the story?
At the latest UFC event in Austin, Texas, UFC veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone finally brought an end to his three-fight losing streak at UFC’s Welterweight Division after brutally knocking out Yancy Medeiros at the Frank Erwin Center. However, following his latest win at the 170-pound division, Cerrone has now revealed his interest in making a return to his old territory in UFC’s Lightweight Division.
In case you didn’t know…
Donald Cerrone initially began his UFC career at UFC’s Lightweight Division, where he had built the reputation of being one of the fiercest fighters in UFC’s 155-pound division. During his tenure in the LW Division, Cerrone had competed in some of the most high profile fights against the likes of Nate Diaz, Dennis Siver, Edson Barboza, and Jeremy Stephens and had stocked up eight wins in the 155-pound division over the course of two years.
However, in June of 2016, Cerrone made his debut at UFC’s Welterweight Division when he squared off against Patrick Cote at UFC Fight Night 89.
The heart of the matter
This past Sunday night in Austin, Texas, Donald Cerrone finally earned himself a win in the UFC’s Welterweight Division when he knocked out Yancy Medeiros within the first round of their fight, as he brought an end to his three-fight losing streak in UFC’s 170-pound division.
However, following his win over Medeiros, Cerrone announced on the Fox-Sports 1 post-fight show, that he is now all set to make a return to his old stomping grounds, that is, the already stacked UFC Lightweight Division.
Additionally, “The Cowboy” also laid out a challenge to top Lightweight contender, “The Eagle” Khabib Nurmagomedov, challenging the Russian fighter to a potential fight in the near future.
“I want ’55. I want to go get that belt, Khabib, I’m coming, baby. I’m coming. I ain’t scared to fight you.”- Cerrone stated.
Khabib, on the other hand, will now rather focus on his upcoming title fight against Tony Ferguson at UFC 223. However, it is safe to say that “The Eagle” technically isn’t someone who usually backs down from challenges and maybe he will, after all, accept “Cowboy’s” offer in the near future and the two men will finally square off in the octagon.
Personally, I think Cerrone should stick to the Lightweight Division, which, in my opinion, suits him perfectly and a potential fight against Khabib and Cerrone will certainly be a huge fight in the making.