UFC 126: Donald Cerrone All Studied Up for Paul Kelly, Calls Mac Danzig ‘Hypocritical’


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
UFC fighter Donald

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (17-3) is officially in the UFC. He’ll make his debut for the promotion this Saturday at UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort in Las Vegas when he takes on English fighter Paul Kelly.

Kelly (11-3) will be making his ninth appearance in the UFC, so he’s definitely earned his stripes in the Las Vegas-based promotion. It’s safe to assume that with eight fights in the Octagon, opponents will know who Paul Kelly is.

Apparently, not if you’re Donald Cerrone.

When the WEC veteran received the offer to fight Kelly, he admittedly didn’t know much about his opponent. Kelly might not have liked this fact very much, but Cerrone explained to MMAWeekly Radio that he meant no disrespect to him in any way, shape, or form. Having a lot going on is what Cerrone blames for not knowing more about his UFC 126 opponent.

“I never meant any disrespect to the guy, I just never heard of him,” Cerrone said. “Now, of course I’ve seen tape on him, I’ve studied him. I understand who he is.”

Not having knowledge about Kelly and his arsenal might not be a good thing. As a matter of fact, it’s downright dangerous to not know what the English mixed martial artist is capable of. Kelly has finished two of his last three opponents. First, he submitted Matt Veach at UFC 112 by guillotine choke, then after a tough decision loss to Jacob Volkmann in August, Kelly beat T.J. Brian by TKO at UFC 123.

Luckily for “Cowboy,” he’s done his homework. He’s watched the film on Kelly, and now, he knows exactly what kind of fight he’s getting into – one that promises some stand-up action.

“He’s got a good uppercut, great overhand, and good hooks,” said Cerrone. “He likes to be inside and brawl. If you want to go out and shoot, baby, let’s go! I’ve been looking for a stand-up fight this whole time.

“I’m really forward to throwing down, man. That’s what I love to do.”

Apart from his fight with Kelly, Cerrone has had some other beefs that have garnered the attention of the media. Of course, Cerrone’s open dislike of Cole Miller has been echoed through the blogs, forums, Twitter and other outlets for quite some time. The rivalry has boiled for years, yet the two have never had the opportunity to settle their differences.

Cerrone may have a fight on Saturday with a different competitor, but it’s clear that he doesn’t keep Miller far off from his cross hairs on a day to day basis. Any opportunity he gets, he tells Miller of his intentions.

“Every time I see him, I remind him. I’m coming for you, Cole. I’m coming for you, I’m coming for you,” said the lightweight fighter.

Not only is Cole Miller an issue, but recently, Mac Danzig called out Cerrone on Twitter, saying, “So, all you have to do to secure a fight you haven’t earned is wear a silly hat, call yourself ‘cowboy’ and talk trash? Seems strange.”

Cerrone explained that Danzig is hypocritical in doing this, and feels the TUF 6 winner won his last fight by a fluke. “Cowboy” held nothing back when defending his Jackson’s MMA teammate, Joe Stevenson.

“First of all, Danzig, you were on the chopping block and then you accidentally knocked out my teammate, Joe Stevenson. Now you want to do exactly what I did by calling Cole Miller out and you want to be a hypocrite. Come on, bro!”

These may seem like heavy distractions, but regardless, Donald Cerrone will get his chance to take out whatever frustration he has on Paul Kelly on Saturday night in Las Vegas.


Erik Fontanez is a staff writer for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
Erik on Twitter or e-mail Erik a question or comment.


Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 10 days ago
  • 287 views

This Wednesday night, a pivotal fight takes place in the lightweight division when Donald Cerrone squares off against Jim Miller in Atlantic City. Cerrone is on a three-fight win streak, all of which were finishes that he earned fight-night bonuses for. The fight against Miller will arguably be Cerrone's biggest fight since a first-round TKO loss to Anthony Pettis in 2013. Miller comes into the fight having won three of his last four, and his last two in a row. Both of his last two wins have bee more

  • 9 days ago
  • 28 views

This Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 45 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is headlined by a lightweight clash between the Garden State's own Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone. This is a matchup with major title implications, therefore making it a pivotal scrap inside the Octagon at 155 pounds. Miller, the most recognizable face from Whippany, New Jersey's AMA Fight Club, enters the bout ranked as the No. 7 lightweight in the world, according to the UFC's official rankings. The 30-year-old was a dark-horse t more

  • 8 days ago
  • 68 views

Nate Diaz took a shot at a certain cowboy for 'sucking too much UFC d***'. He hardly uses social media as much as other fighters, but it's always interesting when Nate Diaz bitches rants on twitter. This time, the blunt of it is targeted at his former opponent in Donald Cerrone, who fights tomorrow against Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City. Here's what Diaz had to say: Some people just suck way too much #UFCdick ... An they where cowboy hats — Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) July 15, 2014 more

  • 8 days ago
  • 16 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held its weigh in event earlier today (Tues., July 15, 2014) at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for those fighters competing at the UFC Fight Night 45: "Cerrone vs. Miller" event, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow night live on Fox Sports 1. For complete UFC Fight Night 45 weigh in results and video click here. The staredowns were nothing to write home about, as is usually the case, but you can at least get a look at how each figh more

  • 8 days ago
  • 11 views

The ultimate prize has thus far eluded Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller, as neither man has found a way to lock down a shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight crown. more

  • 8 days ago
  • 19 views

Neither Donald Cerrone nor Jim Miller has ever headlined a UFC pay-per-view. Neither guy has ever been champion (or even fought for UFC gold). Both are eternally kicking around the bottom half of the lightweight Top 10, and though they each come into Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 45 main event riding a modest win streak, they've lost their most recent bouts against top-flight competition. Still, this fight, man. This fight. If you're a hardcore MMA fan, Cerrone vs. Miller is about as close to heav more

  • 8 days ago
  • 39 views

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 45 headliner Donald Cerrone, who looks to take earn another post-fight bonus against Jim Miller this Wednesday (July 16, 2014) at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) title contender, Donald Cerrone, is set to scrap with New Jersey native, Jim Miller, this Wednesday night (July 16, 2014) at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey more

  • 8 days ago
  • 24 views

Lightweights Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller face off in New Jersey for a shot to see who can rise above the gatekeeper status both men are far too good for. Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller Lightweight Aren't these guys coming off losses? It feels like it. Both are top flight fighters in the division who have only quietly put together a win streak. Donald Cerrone is remembered more for his losses to Rafael dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis than his wins over Adriano Martins and Edson Barboza. Miller is r more

  • 7 days ago
  • 57 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog more