Donald Cerrone’s famous “anyone, anywhere, anytime” approach to fighting is certainly being put to the test.
Known for his willingness to step in and accept a fight on short notice, Cerrone’s latest match up against Tony Ferguson -- which is scheduled on June 8 at UFC 238 -- will be just over a month from his last fight, a five-round bout against Al Iaquinta. Cerrone is currently riding a three-fight win streak defeating Mike Perry at welterweight, followed by wins over Alexander Hernandez and Iaquinta to propel him into title contention in the cutthroat 155-pound division.
Former interim champion Ferguson is currently riding an 11-fight win streak, second only to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomdeov for the longest active win streak inside the Octagon.
Ferguson recently met with UFC officials in Las Vegas after overcoming some personal issues and requested a quick return to the Octagon. The UFC turned to longtime company man Cerrone, who claims he didn’t hesitate to accept.
Cerrone posted on his Instagram account that he was cave diving at the time and once he got the call, packed up immediately to go home and train.
“Was down cave diving when the UFC called, ‘hey want to fight in 3 weeks?’ I said ‘hell yes,’ dropped the bowl of guacamole and set the beer down. Hopped the next bird home and ready to rock June 8 in Chicago.”
UFC 238 will be headlined by a bantamweight title bout with flyweight champion Henry Cejudo aiming to become a dual-division champion when he faces off against heavy-hitting Brazilian Marlon Moraes.