Report: Donald Cerrone Planning Move to 145 After UFC 167
By FCF Staff
It looks like UFC 167 could mark the last fight Donald Cerrone takes at lightweight for the foreseeable future, as the highly regarded vet says he’s planning to move to featherweight after he fights Evan Dunham at the event.
The 30 year-old Cerrone revealed the news to The Denver Post, and had this to say about transitioning to 145:
“It was my idea,” said Cerrone. “(UFC’s) response was, ‘As long as you do it healthy, it’s fine.’
“Right now, my diet, I can eat what I want. I’m not really disciplined on that side. But if I tighten up what I eat and train a little harder, I’ll be fine.”
Cerrone also added that he hopes to fight the legendary BJ Penn at some juncture, who is coaching opposite of Frankie Edgar in the next season of TUF, and is expected to move to 145 for a bout with the latter afterwards.
As far as Cerrone, the Jackson’s MMA fighter has gone 7-3 to date in the UFC and has been one of the promotion’s top lightweights for sometime. In 2013, however, he’s suffered losses to Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos and is currently ranked #10.
UFC 167 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 16th and will feature welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre taking on Johny Hendricks in the main event.