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“Cowboy” Cerrone Credits Non-MMA Sports For Recent Turnaround

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Donald Cerrone just wants to fight.

He’s stated before that his wish is to compete six times within a calendar year, and he is currently heading towards fight No. 3 just four months into 2014.

Cerrone submitted Edson Barboza Saturday night at UFC on FOX 11, and immediately asked UFC president Dana White to insert him into the next event – which takes place this coming Saturday – as a replacement.

While White turned that down, Cerrone made sure to tell the FOX Sports 2 post-fight show he is ready for anybody.

“Anybody that wants to sign on the dotted line, I’m ready to go,” he said. “Next week in Baltimore (UFC 172). Albuquerque (New Mexico in June). There is no running for me.

“Whoever wants to make money, any hungry fighters out there,” said Cerrone, looking directly into the camera. “‘Cowboy’ has the answer. Sign the line. I don’t care where you are at on the roster.”

Cerrone, who picked up his ninth UFC fight-night bonus and 14th overall including his WEC run, floored Barboza with a stiff jab before quickly transitioning to the back and locking in a rear-naked choke. It was the 15th submission win in his career and third straight finish.

“It was the opportune moment to jump in with a submission,” Cerrone said. “Everybody knows Cowboy starts slow and has gotta ask, ‘Which Cowboy is gonna start up?’ It was the optimal moment to go for the submission, especially after I took 30 punches before I got going.”

Chael Sonnen, working the analyst table on the show, threw out TJ Grant as a potential opponent for Cerrone.

“Sure,” he replied. Whoever wants to sign.”

Brian Stann, also an analyst, tossed out Sonnen as an opponent, to which Cerrone stated “yes.” Even former UFC fighter David “Tank” Abbott got brought up, and Cerrone accepted him as an opponent.

While he continues to drive UFC officials crazy with his non-fighting sports such as bull riding and wakeboarding, Cerrone believes they are what drives him to be the best fighter he can inside the cage.

“I go out (and do those things) and when it comes time to train, I train,” he said. “Training seven days a week is hard. I went back to doing what I do, which is screwing off on the weekend to be a maniac.”

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