UFC 141: Donald Cerrone Is Still a Legit Contender

Antwyn JacksonContributor IIDecember 31, 2011

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone just loves to fight.  He went an impressive 4-1 in 2011, and despite the fact that he lost to Nate Diaz in the finale, one has to respect the fights he won and the way he won them.  

Cerrone started off the year with his UFC debut against Paul Kelly and didn't look back.  He won that fight with a rear-naked choke in the second round to secure the win along with a "Fight of the Night" bonus.  

Cerrone used that as a springboard to capture a total of four wins and three bonus checks for his effort.  

In reviewing Friday night, there's no shame in losing to Diaz.  Diaz was better that night.  Cerrone never took the fight where he wanted it to be, but don't count out a title run for him in 2012.  

Depending on how the other contenders fare against each other, it's not inconceivable that Cerrone can put himself right back in the hunt with a couple of good wins while others are falling down the mountain.

If Cowboy can utilize more head movement, use his Muay Thai a little more effectively and not let emotion fuel his fight, he will be fine.  

Perhaps the loser of the Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon fight would be his next forray into the octagon.  

If it is Pettis, then that probably would've been the fight he would've had if the WEC still existed. 

Either way, Cowboy will be just fine.