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Donald Cerrone to Make Quick Return Against Nate Diaz at UFC 141


(Unless you have your last name and a dog’s face tattooed on your back, you really can’t call yourself “alpha.” / Photo courtesy of Heavy.com/MMA)

Following his UFC 137 Submission of the Night victory over Dennis Siver, Donald Cerrone — one of the gamest sons-of-bitches in MMA — made it known that he’d like another fight before the year is out. As confirmed by MMA Junkie, the UFC has granted his wish, sticking Cowboy on the UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem card (December 30th, Las Vegas) against lightweight mainstay Nate Diaz. You dodged a bullet, Nam Phan.

Cerrone is currently on a six-fight win streak, including a 4-0 stretch in the Octagon since debuting for the promotion in February. Picking up a fifth UFC victory inside a calendar year would be nearly unprecedented. (I know Roger Huerta did it in 2007; if there any MMA stats masters in the house who can provide other examples, please do so in the comments section.)

As for Nate, the younger Diaz brother last appeared at UFC 135, returning to the lightweight division and submitting Takanori Gomi with an armbar — saving his job in the process. After Cerrone’s recent first-round stoppages over Dennis Siver and Charles Oliveira, a fight against Nate Diaz isn’t necessarily a step up the 155-pound ladder. But it’s clear that being active is more important to Cowboy right now than taking the fights that will set him up for a title shot. Plus, who needs a championship belt when you have lifetime passes to the Professional Bull Riding tour?

Any predictions for this one?

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BelieveInThePowerOfOne- November 1, 2011 at 1:40 am
Cerrone by TKO stoppage.... Second Round... Mark my muthafuckin words...
ghostboner- October 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm
I love me some cowboy but this is a dangerous fight for him. He will not have the reach advantage he is used to and Nate is too dangerous on the ground for Donald to do his usual knock him down and grab a sub routine. That said I've got cowboy all the way.
And if you think he is cocky watch his interview post 137. And then apologize.
Anhonestmoose- October 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm
Damn, that makes 7 fights in just over a year. Most active fighter in UFC history?
madcowboy- October 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Got hand it the cowboy, he talked the talked and walked it... or I should say kicked it,,, he said I will show the german kickboxing champ a few things about kick boxing and sure enough he did....Cerrone is on a title fight highway, and get the hell out of the way.
Iskander Neptu- October 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Good scrap. Neither dude will stand down. Volume vs Power. Cerrone UD.
Diaz moves to featherweight, loses the strength to speak :D
NinjaVanish- October 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm
Cerrone is pretty much a huge dickface that was made by the tapout show. I've never seen any other fighter who got busted for PEDs on his first Zuffa fight and kept his fucking job. He is a cocky prick who is worse than any TUF reject. Fucking cheater.
RubberyDucky- October 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm
Can we please get Cerrone vs Pettis in 2012
KarmaAteMyCat- October 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm
jfjjfjff You really dislike the Diaz brothers. It's cute.
SnackDaddy- October 31, 2011 at 11:59 am
Fuck! I was hoping he would fight Ebson Barboza next. That would've been an amazing fight, full of head-kicks.
TheWarsawExpress- October 31, 2011 at 11:15 am
Lil Diaz didn't go to college for this shit?
keepyahguessing- October 31, 2011 at 9:30 am
either way the fight is a great match up..i think cowboy will get caught if he tries to stay on the ground with nate but on the feet cowboy has power an strength advantage for sure...its a coin toss
SumDumGuy- October 31, 2011 at 8:37 am
Diaz all the way! only people who have won decision againt Nate are ones who can over power him physically and/or wrestle fuck him for 3 rounds. Non of which The Cowboy is known for/capable of. Diaz, second round sub! two bonus checks are making their way to the dioaz household (FON and SON)so that they can finally afford some house buying classes.
jfjjfjff- October 31, 2011 at 8:08 am
cerrone via tko.
Todd M- October 31, 2011 at 7:56 am
Great matchup, I'm right down the line on this one too close to call.
NinJay- October 31, 2011 at 7:47 am
Ugh, as much as I love the Diaz brothers I think Cowboy smashes him. Nate's chicken legs wont stand up to a kick boxer.
miscreant- October 31, 2011 at 7:25 am
Cerrone will SMASH Diaz. Diaz' cocky bullshit will see him sucking leather quickly with the accuracy Cerrone is capable of.
IrishMMA- October 31, 2011 at 7:21 am
This fights gona be beast but i think cerrone has it, he has come out with so much intensity and aggression in his last fight he seems to be really motivated! Cerrone 2nd round rear naked
Get Off Me- October 31, 2011 at 7:08 am
Nice match up.
I think Nate Diaz will get the win.
Nate at 155 is no joke, I still think he beat Gray Maynard.
No matter what, as said above, this fight most likely earns some bonus at the end of the night.
rearnakedchickenchoke- October 31, 2011 at 7:04 am
Maybe not a step up, but fuckin' fireworks and good shot at fight of the night!
skeletor- October 31, 2011 at 7:04 am
Should be an awesome fight. Cerrone takes it though UD.
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