Fighting fire with fire will be Donald Cerrone’s strategy if he gets the chance to lock horns with the UFC undisputed lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Cerrone and Nurmagomedov were actually booked to meet in the cage in 2014 and 2015 respectively. But due to an injury sustained by the Russian, the fights were ultimately cancelled.
Since these fallouts, Cerrone cruised to eights wins and six losses including the defeat of Rafael Dos Anjos in a fight for the lightweight title, while Khabib ascended to the lightweight throne after a solid run that saw him clobbering Al Iaquinta, Conor McGregor, and Dustin Poirier.
Following Khabib’s third-round submission win over Poirier last weekend, Khabib extends his winning streak in the UFC to 12 fights, tying Tony Ferguson for the longest active streak in the lightweight division.
Though the next potential opponents for Khabib do not include Cerrone, the UFC fan-favourite shared his possible gameplan where he sees himself giving the Russian champion the first loss of his career.
— UFC (@ufc) September 9, 2019
Take Him To The Ground
On Wednesday’s open workouts for this weekend’s UFC fight night, Cerrone said he would give Khabib a taste of his own medicine as he will bring the fight to the ground.
“I didn’t see the fight [with Poirier]. I don’t know, I was on the lake,” Cerrone told the media, per MMA Fighting.
“I figured [Khabib won], I heard the news. But I think people need to welcome Khabib to the ground. I’d let him. Come on in, let’s go.”
Though Cerrone is known for his Muay Thai skills, his submission game has earned him 17 wins in his professional career.
This is why he would also turn to his grappling in trying to stop the bear-wrestling machine from Dagestan.
“How does Khabib do on his back?”
“What if I take Khabib down? Who knows? S*it.”
Donald Cerrone has questions about UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov’s ground game https://t.co/3EXeVBGY3e
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) September 13, 2019
Looking To Bounce Back
Cerrone is coming off a doctor stoppage loss to Tony Ferguson.
This Saturday, he will return to action and will face title contender Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC Vancouver at the Rogers Arena.
‘Cowboy’ is looking to bounce back as he sets his sights on another fight later this year, where he is also considering a move to the welterweight division.
“Back in the saddle again. After I beat Gaethje, there’s nobody else, that’s it, no one in front of me.”
“I do want to fight in December though, so I’ll probably have to take a 155 break, go to 170 and we’ll see.”
Cerrone currently holds a 36-12,win-loss record and has the most number of fights in the UFC with 33.
Would you like to see him fight Khabib in the future?
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) September 9, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Khabib Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone)