Donald Cerrone had never lost two fights in a row before falling to Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision at UFC 214 last July. In fact, Medeiros held his own in most of the exchanges up until the final 10 seconds, when Cowboy doled out an insanely accurate boxing combination to bring an end to the bout.
Ahead of the matchup, Perry met with FanSided MMA, and the discussion turned from his latest bout to what - and who - could come next if he were to secure a victory on Saturday night. Perry said. "But I respect Cowboy, he has done a lot, he's a great fighter". I ain't scared to fight you.
Both men promised it was going to be fast and furious from the outset and so it proved to be as they both touched gloves and immediately went at it throwing a large volume of punches and kicks at no less than two paces. And going out there and trying to perform every night, on the one night, is tough. I don't really watch the way some guys, like Ariel Helwani or a coach might watch the fight.
Now, these comments should resonate for a couple of reasons.
This leads us to Cerrone who wants to fight at a 165-pound weight division as he believes that would be ideal for him as the last five pounds to lose in order to make lightweight can be challenging for him. While there's no question that Cerrone's scored some memorable wins while competing at 170, Darren Till made it pretty clear that "Cowboy's" more suited for the lightweight division (or a 165 division if there was one, which is something else he noted after UFC FN 126). Cerrone and Nurmagomedov, to remind, have plenty of history together, having been booked to fight twice in the past to no avail. But for starters, Cerrone confirms he's moving back to 155.