Donald Cerrone Will Be on the Cusp of Title Contention with UFC 141 Win

Chris AlfaroContributor IIIDecember 28, 2011

LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 15:  UFC fighter Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone arrives at UFC, Famous Stars and Straps and New Era's 'The Magic Party' at XS the nightclub on February 15, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
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When the UFC and WEC merged late last year, they brought a host of new lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight talent into the world's largest MMA organization.

Putting these fighters on the big stage has allowed many of them to become stars.

Donald Cerrone has proven to be one of the brightest.

Cerrone is a warrior through and through. Ever time he steps into the octagon, he is quick to engage and fight in crowd-pleasing fashion. He always hunts for a finish.

He has been so impressive in his MMA career that he won five "fight of the night" bonuses in ten WEC appearances and has already claimed one submission and knockout of the night in just four UFC appearances.

The man is amazing.

Couple that with his impressive six-fight win streak, and here is a fighter who is knocking on the door for a title shot.

At UFC 141, Cerrone will face Nate Diaz in the co-main-event, in what is sure to be one of the biggest events of the year.

More eyes will be on him than ever before.

If Cerrone can pull out a win in the jump-out-of-your-seat style he is known for, expect him to make a strong case for a title shot in 2012.

It just wouldn't make sense to prevent this red-hot prospect from staking his claim at the top.