Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is as hot as a pistol right now. After his quick win over Charles Oliveira two weeks ago at UFC on Versus 5, he told Joe Silva he's waiting for the phone call. Even if there was opening for UFC 135 just six weeks, he'd take the fight.
"I want the Denver card coming up very soon. Hopefully nobody get hurt, but then I hope somebody gets hurt," joked Cerrone. "I told [UFC matchmaker] Joe [Silva], I'm the guy to call. I'll fight anybody, anywhere. I have to back that up."
Well, it won't be that soon, but Cerrone is now booked to take on Denis Siver in late October.
Siver's original opponent Sam Stout had to back out of the fight. There's no official word on the reason, but it makes sense to think that Stout is out because of the recent passing of his brother-in-law and trainer Shawn Tompkins.
Tompkins passed away on Aug. 14. He died in his sleep from a heart attack. The 37-year-old, who worked out of Las Vegas and Canada, was laid to rest on Aug. 19. Stout, 27, is riding a nice streak with two straight wins and 4-of-5.
Now it's Cerrone turn to step in with Siver, who's also been on fire. The Russian fighting out of Germany has won four straight including an upset over Sotiropoulos. Stylistically, this is a dream for fight fans. Cerrone loves to bang it out and Siver, is a very good one-trick pony with an excellent stand-up game.
This is a another statement fight for Cerrone, who was one of the big stars in the WEC, but always had that cloud of doubt hanging over him. How good were WEC lightweights? We get more answers at UFC 137.