One of the most beloved fighters in the UFC may be returning to the Octagon soon. Donald “Cowboy Cerrone took to Instagram on Wednesday morning to tease his next fight. In the post, Cowboy shared a photo of himself training with the caption: “Guess y’all see me soon!! @ufc.”
The post can be seen below:
Cerrone has long been one of the biggest stars in the sport. He is known as a dynamic fighter who will take a fight anywhere, at any time and at any place. Cowboy has hit a rough patch in his career, however. The 37-year-old competitor has lost four fights in a row, three by TKO. His last win came on May 4, 2019, when he defeated Al Iaquinta in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy in Ottawa, Canada.
Since then, he’s lost to top-tier talent, Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor and Anthony Pettis.
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In January 2020, Cerrone Competed in the Biggest Fight of His MMA Career
Cowboy was one half of the main event for UFC 246 on January 18. He stood across the Octagon from the biggest star in MMA history, Conor “Notorious” McGregor. UFC 246 was McGregor’s comeback fight after taking a hiatus for over a year, and he returned in style.
Cerrone was brutalized for the entirety of the fight. The match only lasted 40 seconds, with Cowboy getting slammed with powerful shoulder strikes, as well as a knee and headkick which led to his TKO loss.
The UFC veteran hopped back onto the saddle quickly, however. In only four months’ time, Cerrone was locked in the cage once again, and he turned in a much better performance. He took on former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis during UFC 249 on May 9.
It was a rematch years in the making. The two fought in 2013 when Pettis finished Cowboy by first-round TKO. The fight was very different this time around. It was a back-and-forth war, going all three rounds. As history has it, Pettis earned his second victory over Cerrone, winning by unanimous decision.
Many viewers scored the victory for Cerrone, however, and the fight showed that Cowboy was still a deadly force in the UFC.
It’s Unclear Who His Next Opponent Will Be or at What Weight Class
Cerrone’s next opponent is anyone’s guess. The 51-fight veteran has competed at welterweight and lightweight in the past year. Cerrone is currently ranked at No. 13 in the lightweight division.
If the UFC wants to give him a ranked lightweight, a match with No. 15 powerhouse Drew Dober could be a barn burner and a meaningful test for both men.
Cerrone may elect to not cut the weight for his next fight, especially if he is taking a fight on short notice. If that’s the case, and he decides to fight at welterweight, he may be squaring-off with an unranked opponent.