It’s Hump Day, so let’s talk about trying to get over the hump. Having won six straight scraps, Donald Cerrone (pictured) is arguably the hottest fighter in the UFC’s deep lightweight division. However, MMA fans have seen Cerrone go on a similar tear not too long ago that resulted in a championship-less run.
In fact, despite Cerrone’s impressive 26-6 (1 NC) record, “Cowboy” has never taken a belt back to the ranch.
He’s come close on several occasions, but always came up short. He lost all three lightweight title tilts in the WEC, two of which came to Benson Henderson who he meets this Sunday in Boston on just 13 days’ notice.
The last time Cerrone rode a six-fight winning streak into a fight, he lost badly to Nate Diaz at UFC 141. Cerrone bounced back to rattle off two consecutive wins to earn a title eliminator against Anthony Pettis, but was TKO’d by the eventual UFC champ in under one round.
It can be argued that Cerrone is a choker, but that might be a tad harsh. Let’s just simply go with, always the bridesmaid, but never the bride.
Cerrone almost always has fans sitting on the edge of their seats when he takes center stage, but what has he done during this current run to make people believe that he’s a legitimate threat to the throne this time around?
Well, his strength of schedule and the fashion in which he’s finished off four of his last six foes can’t be denied. Submission of once-promising Evan Dunham, highlight reel knockout of Adriano Martins, tapping out the ever-dangerous Edson Barboza and KO’ing the durable Jim Miller is impressive.
He then welcomed Eddie Alvarez into the octagon and showed the former Bellator champion that things are done much differently in the big leagues. This month’s decision over fast-rising Myles Jury wasn’t his most notable performance, but a win’s a win and that’s why he jumped at the chance to meet Henderson at the 11th hour.
Another loss to “Smooth” would surely prove the 31-year-old Cerrone will never be anything more than an entertaining fighter. However, posting an impressive finish over a former WEC and UFC champ who he’s 0-2 against could place him on the doorstep of a championship affair.
The UFC’s motto for 2015 is “The Time is Now.” Cerrone better take that mantra to heart.