Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard: What's Next for Donald Cerrone

Cody Guinn@@CKissGuinnContributor IIIAugust 12, 2012

May 15, 2012; Fairfax, VA, USA; Donald Cerrone raises his hand in victory over Jeremy Stephens during the Korean zombie vs Poirier event at Patriot Center.  Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE
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Donald Cerrone is one of the best all-around fighters in the lightweight division.

Last night at UFC 150, while many believed his jiu-jitsu game would be on display, Cerrone finished the tough veteran Melvin Guillard by knockout and once again threw his name in the hat of top contenders at 155.

So, what's next for "Cowboy?"

Quite simply, one name comes to mind: Anthony Pettis.

Cerrone had called out Pettis a while back, and now, coming off this win, he looks as if his wish will be granted

Cerrone said last night post-fight about Pettis (via, "Sign the contract and let's dance, baby!"

Pettis, the former WEC Lightweight Champion, was tentatively named No. 1 contender in the lightweight division following his devastating knockout against Joe Lauzon, but following Nate Diaz's impressive win against Jim Miller, Diaz leapfrogged Pettis and was named No. 1 contender.

Pettis then called out Diaz, but Diaz would opt to wait for the winner of Henderson-Edgar II.

Now, with Cerrone right up near the top alongside Pettis, the two will likely face off sometime later this year, with the winner likely facing the winner of Ben Henderson and Nate Diaz.

I, for one, can't wait to see the fireworks Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis will bring, and I'm going to go ahead and say no matter who else is one the card, this has to be a favorite for Fight of the Night.