After incurring three consecutive losses, there’s been a lot of speculation about what the future holds for Donald Cerrone, and now the popular fighter has revealed his plans.
Cerrone is coming off a quick, stoppage loss to Darren Till, which followed defeats to Robbie Lawler and Jorge Masvidal. The string of losses ended talk of Cerrone being a top contender at 170, as initially, “Cowboy” won four in a row after moving up to 155.
As a result of the defeats, and the fact Cerrone was badly outsized by Till, many have argued that the rugged vet should return to lightweight. Well, during a recent “Fighter and The Kid” episode, Cerrone reported he intends to do just that (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I’m there five [more] years,” said Cerrone. “I’m going back to 155. I’m only 175, I’ve been waking up at 175 everyday so it’s like pffft, I’m fine. I’m more focused. At 170, I can just not train and f**k off. I put more into it at 155 so let’s do it, let’s have a couple more fights. I probably won’t take 20 a year anymore. I’m probably gonna take it down a little bit.”
This is likely welcome news to a lot of Cerrone boosters. Clearly, Cerrone has demonstrated that he’s capable of scoring impressive wins at 170 – see his win over Matt Brown – but, there’s no question that he gives up a lot of power and size to many welterweights. Case in point, he said this about Till:
“He was a big boy. He hit really hard, right in my nose, and I was like, ‘Don’t do it again! Not in the face! Not in the face!’”
Yup. Mr. Till isn’t tiny for the division. That’s for sure.
In addition, the news that Cerrone intends to fight less, is also good. Sure, we all loved being able to watch Cerrone throw down five times a year. But, at this stage of the 34 year-old’s career, having extended breaks between fights, and taking more time to prepare for specific opponents, is likely wise.
It will be interesting to see who Cerrone faces next. Considering what he’s accomplished fighting in the lightweight division, chances are he’ll face a top 155’er.