Donald Cerrone, fresh off an underdog victory against Ragin’ Al Iaquinta, seems to have found a resurgence since the birth of his young son and appears poised for another title run in the 155 lb (Lightweight) division. While talks have gone hot and cold regarding a potential blockbuster of a fight seeing Cowboy taking on Conor McGregor, I see a potential fight with Justin Gaethje on the horizon.
Interestingly, the headhunting (well….kicking), “always down for a scrap” ways of Cerrone seem to be a gift and a curse. His long and storied career, starting with his professional MMA debut in 2006, has been a lot of ups and downs but if he indeed is fighting Conor at any point, my concern is his losses in big fights against southpaws.
Donald Cerrone fights traditionally / orthodox, and almost all of his losses have come against people in the open stance. From Diaz to Pettis (that night), RDA, Benson Henderson (x2), Robbie Lawler, Darren Till, and Leon Edwards were all southpaws. In fact, his only losses (in 48 professional fights) against a like-stanced righty are Jorge Masvidal in 2017, and Jamie Varner in the WEC in 2009.
I don’t focus on negatives or flaws in my skill analysis, so the theme here will be more on the refinement of said skill, along with an uncanny ability to land game-changing head kicks, Muay Thai musings (refined in recent years by Joe Schilling), and utilization of his BJJ Black Belt when the opportunity arises. This feels overdue, and Twitter (follow me @brendandorman) seemed to agree. Enjoy and keep it positive, cheers.
- Satara – Eclipse [No Copyright] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_6HeJlML6g
- Satara – 1941 [No Copyright] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJdcVmeRO-0
- Legna Zeg -Take On The World [No Copyright] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Xu0oPI1Uo
- Unknown Brain x Rival – Control (feat. Jex) [NCS Release] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLZHcnuqscU
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