UFC on FOX 17: Donald Cerrone Says Money That Comes With Being Champ Excites Him The Most
By FCF Staff
Donald Cerrone could secure the UFC’s lightweight title tonight at UFC on FOX 17, but the charismatic fighter admits that the cash which comes with it, is what matters to him the most.
During Cerrone’s rise up the lightweight ranks, “Cowboy” has repeatedly said that he’s more interested in competing, and doing so often, than becoming champion. After scoring eight straight wins, Cerrone has been tapped to fight champion Rafael dos Anjos tonight in Orlando.
The 32 year-old recently spoke to UFC.com about his championship shot, and while doing so, Cerrone had this to say:
“I don’t know if I’ve felt an overall change, but winning that title has taken on a different meaning for me,” Cerrone said. “I’ve always been the guy who will fight anyone at any time and I’m still that way, but getting that title means more money, and I’m a guy who likes money. Fighting and beating everyone I face is still the overall plan and that has never changed. Getting that belt and being a champion; that doesn’t mean s*** to me, but getting that belt and the money that comes along with it; that is what has me excited.
“I’ve grown accustomed to living a certain type of lifestyle and I’m not looking to give that up anytime soon. We play hard around here and it takes a lot of money to play as hard as we do. There’s no way I’m giving that up, that’s for damn sure.”
Cerrone and dos Anjos battled for the first time in 2013, and the latter won the bout via unanimous decision.