“Cowboy” Hopes to Ride Back Into Title Contention

(Cerrone squares off against Varner.)

(Cerrone squares off against Varner.)

Call him “Cowboy” – Donald Cerrone he hates to be called by his first name.

Cerrone was looking to rope himself the WEC lightweight title in a January match with champion Jamie Varner but was down on all scorecards. Cerrone found some momentum late in the bout until a stray knee to a grounded Varner halted the bout due to injury, forcing a much-maligned technical decision early in the fifth round.

Cerrone told Fox Sport’s Inside the Cage radio that he wanted to jump back into the cage right away but Varner’s injuries delayed a possible rematch. Instead, “Cowboy” will face WEC newcomer James Krause, a fighter WEC co-manager Reed Harris believes has serious potential. But Cerrone is looking to unroll the un-welcome mat for the 10-0 fighter.

Weighing-in at a slim 163-pounds two weeks out from the fight, Cerrone claims he’s ready to fight, exhibiting the calm and determination tempered by his experiences as a professional bull rider.

“He ain’t just coming in to make a name off of me,” Cerrone said.

Fox Sports’ Inside the Cage appears on Reno, NV 1450AM and is hosted by Greg Delong with co-host Danny Acosta.

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