Donald CerroneDonald “Cowboy” Cerrone got back in the win column last night in a big way, putting on one of the best performances of his career by absolutely dominating Jeremy Stephens from the first bell to the last.

The unanimous decision win put Cerrone back on track after he saw his landmark 2011 end sourly with a unanimous decision loss of his own, to Nate Diaz. Prior to that loss, Cerrone had notched four straight octagon victories. So, what’s next for Cowboy?

Denver, Colorado, if he has his way.

“I want to fight in Denver,” Cerrone said at last night’s post-fight press conference. “Whoever’s begging at the bit to go is who I want to fight.”

As for which opponent he’d like to face, Cerrone welcomed any top five opponent. Many are pushing for Cerrone to fight Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and Cowboy’s fine with that, too – as long as it happens in his hometown.

“That’d be a good match-up,” Cerrone said of a fight with Pettis. “Stylistically it’ll work out perfect for me. He’ll stand and want to fight and try and take me down. I’ll beat him up and then we’ll keep fighting. That’d be good fight, especially for Denver.”

Cerrone’s win over Stephens last night brought his overall record to 18-4, with one no contest. Cerrone defeated Stephens at UFC on Fuel TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier, which went down from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.