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Donald Cerrone is on one heck of a run right now. But you know what? We've seen this movie before.
The swaggering Colorado cowboy rips off a few wins, typically in spectacular, bonus-winning fashion. Excitement builds like a rising tide. Then he just hits a wall.
Just because he hasn't hit a wall yet in this particular run doesn't mean that one can't or shouldn't take a cautionary lesson from history. Now, don't get me wrong, his current run—Evan Dunham, Adriano Martins, Edson Barboza and the aforementioned Mr. Miller—is nothing to sneeze at. It's probably the best of his career, UFC or otherwise.
But if you look closely, there's not a made man in the bunch. Look at the true contenders Cerrone has faced: Rafael dos Anjos, Anthony Pettis, Nate Diaz. All of them were losses. Cerrone has never fought for a UFC belt, but back in the WEC, he did so three times—twice against Benson Henderson and once against Jamie Varner. He lost all three times.
The next fight of Cerrone's frenetic 2014 isn't set. Originally, it was phenom Khabib Nurmagomedov, until the Dagestani went down with a knee injury in training. Now, Jorge Masvidal, an exciting fighter, is calling Cerrone out.
Either of those fights could net Cerrone yet another performance bonus to supplement his extreme sports habit. Only the latter would be likely to net him a win, at least if you're using history as a judge.
UPDATE: Looks like Cerrone may now be matched up with one Mr. Eddie Alvarez. I'm putting my money on the Bellator transplant.