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UFC 178: Cerrone Talks About Facing Alvarez

Donald-CerroneLAS VEGAS, Nev. – No. 5 ranked lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (24-6, 1 NC) will fight his fourth fight of 2014 as the working man’s champion takes on No. 14 ranked contender Eddie Alvarez (25-3) at UFC 178 on Saturday. Cerrone has come to be known as the man who will take any fight anywhere while his opponent Alvarez was considered the top lightweight fighter outside of the UFC who is now making his UFC debut.

“Cowboy” has won four straight fights, all with finishes, since his loss to No. 3 Rafael dos Anjos (22-7) by unanimous decision. Cerrone has pulled off two submission wins along with two by knockout over the stretch with his last two wins coming against Top 15 contenders in the division. The Denver native defeated No. 11 Edson “Junior” Barboza (14-2) with a first round submission in April and then defeated No. 9 ranked Jim Miller (24-5, 1 NC) with a first round knockout by head kick in July.

Cerrone’s willingness to take on any fight was put to the test for this event as he was originally set to fight No. 7 ranked Bobby “King” Green (23-5) but would instead be asked to change direction and take on Alvarez in his first UFC fight since signing on after leaving Bellator.

“It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take whatever fight was in front of me. I don’t care who the opponent is,” Cerrone said, “I’m ready anytime and I love fighting. If you are a fan of watching people go out there and throw down, then I’m happy to go out there and fight my [expletive] off for you.”

“I hope [Alvarez] comes over to UFC and does well,” said Cerrone, “Unfortunately he has to make his debut against me and its going to be a great fight.”

Cerrone was interviewed by Duane Finley about his upcoming fight with Alvarez and gives viewers some advice on how to take in the fight, “Don’t blink, because its going to be fast-paced and action packed.”