Nate Diaz (Pictured) and Donald Cerrone may be serving as UFC 141‘s co-main event, but don’t be surprised if the 155-pounders leave Las Vegas with ‘Fight of the Night’ honors and the hefty bonus check that comes along with it.
Cerrone has been on a tear since transitioning to the big leagues earlier this year. The “Cowboy” is looking to collect his fifth consecutive victory of 2011 come Friday. Diaz, on the other hand, just dropped back down to the lightweight class and is fresh off the most impressive victory of his career.
His lopsided submission of legend Takanori Gomi not only ended his two-fight losing skid, but it appears to have boosted Diaz’s confidence level to unprecedented heights.
“I feel like I’m better than all the guys in my division. I don’t see where any of them are better than me.” Diaz stated. “[Cerrone’s] definitely a guy who likes to fight, he comes forward. I think I’m better than him everywhere, honestly.
“He better knock me out, or not, he’s gonna be in trouble.”
If that’s the case, Cerrone might be in a bit of a bind. Of his 17 career victories, only one has come via some form of knockout. Although, 13 of his wins have been by way of submission.
UFC 141 takes place this Friday inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.