What’s Next for Donald Cerrone?

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Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (17-3) has been popular with hardcore MMA fans for quite some time, and he’s beginning to make a name for himself with casual fans as well. Cerrone has transitioned nicely into the UFC, winning his first four fights with the promotion.

Cerrone was particularly impressive at UFC 137, defeating well respected lightweight MMA fighter Dennis Siver in the very first round via rear-naked choke.

Given all the things Cerrone has accomplished less than a year after signing with the UFC, he’ll probably be getting a number one contender fight in the near future.

Fellow WEC import Ben Henderson is currently scheduled to fight Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Clay Guida at the UFC’s debut on FOX, scheduled for Nov. 12, and the winner of the matchup is expected to face Frankie Edgar in his next title defense.

Given the high number of talented fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division, finding a good matchup for Cerrone shouldn’t be a difficult task.

Anthony Pettis (the last WEC lightweight champion) is expected to face “Ultimate Fighter 5” contestant Joe Lauzon in Feb. 2012, and the winner would be a good matchup for Cerrone. Pettis especially would be an excellent matchup for Cerrone, given the solid striking abilities of both MMA fighters. I’m not sure Cerrone would be willing to wait that long though, since he expressed a desire to fight in December right after his UFC 137 victory.

“I’m just here to keep fighting,” Cerrone said. “Hell, I’m trying to get another fight in December. If I could do that…that would be great.”

At 28 years old, Cerrone still has a lot of MMA fights left in him, and I’m sure he’ll eventually end up fighting for the UFC’s lightweight belt.

With stoppages in three of his four UFC fights, Cerrone has already proven he belongs in the promotion. Cerrone is already establishing himself as one of the most entertaining fighters in the UFC, and his well rounded skills will ensure he remains relevant for a while.

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