When you reach the level of popularity that Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has, one could expect a certain level of named opponents to fight.
However, in this weekend’s UFC main event, Donald Cerrone is fighting an undefeated prospect who is both unranked and unknown.
For Donald, his ‘anyone, anytime, anyplace,’ is exactly why he’s become a fan favorite, but this guy’s tough, and he has a fight on his hands.
Taking to his pre-fight media scrum, Cerrone explained why he accepted the dangerous matchup with hardly any upside for the veteran.
“The rankings don’t matter. I feel like in the last year the rankings don’t f–king matter anyway, right? ‘Cowboy’ takes a fight with somebody (unranked), and they’re like, ‘What the f–k?’ But someone who has the title can fight anybody they want, and it’s like, ‘Ah, that’s just a good fight.’ Come on, man. It seems like the last year the rankings aren’t mattering. I just needed an opponent.”
“The MMA audience is so stupid. They just think because a guy says, ‘I’ll fight anybody,’ that means they’ll do it. No, that’s not true. They said they’ll fight anybody in public, and then when they get the call and their manager sits down with them and they’re like, ‘They offered us ‘Cowboy’ and their manager says, ‘Stylistically I don’t know if that’s a good matchup for you right now, you’re coming off a loss’ and blah, blah blah.”
“For Darren to say, ‘You know what, I’ve only had a couple fights, I’ll fight a f–king legend, let’s go.’ Dude, right on, bro,” Cerrone said. “I was that son-of-a-b-tch kid. I remember taking those fights. My hat’s off to the kid. The steam’s running on him. Good opportunity for him. But people say no all the time. It’s f–king asinine to me.”
Here’s his full scrum: