After incurring losses to Anthony Pettis and most recently Rafael dos Anjos in 2013, it looks as though lightweight vet Donald Cerrone has decided to move to featherweight, after he fights Evan Dunham at UFC 167.
The 30 year-old Cerrone, who is currently ranked as the promotion’s #10 155ér, recently told The Denver Post that he plans to make the drop after his upcoming, November 16th fight. While discussing his decision the Jackson’s MMA fighter relayed:
“It was my idea,” said Cerrone. “(UFC’s) response was, ‘As long as you do it healthy, it’s fine.”
“Right now, my diet, I can eat what I want. I’m not really disciplined on that side. But if I tighten up what I eat and train a little harder, I’ll be fine.”
The decision might come as a bit of a surprise to some, as although Cerrone has suffered some setbacks this year, obviously both losses came against ridiculously talented fighters. Heading into 2013, Cerrone had gone 6-1 in the UFC. That said, Cerrone relayed his main goal remains winning a championship, so the move could provide a shorter route to a title shot than if he stayed at 155.
And as far as any featherweights Cerrone’s interested in fighting?
“A great fight that I’d love is B.J. Penn,” Cerrone said. “That would be so awesome. He’s a veteran of the sport. He’s fought everywhere. I don’t know how many fights B.J. has left, so it’d be cool to get in there with a legend.”
That’s definitely a fight that on paper sounds pretty good no? Speaking of entertaining fights, Cerrone’s next one with Dunham could also be a doozy, as both men certainly have aggressive, come forward approaches. Dunham, interestingly enough, is also coming off a decision loss to dos Anjos. In February, the rugged vet worked his way to split decision win over Gleison Tibau at UFC 156.