Donald Cerrone needs no introduction to MMA fans, but if things go right for him this weekend, he’ll no doubt soon acquaint himself with a much larger audience.
There’s no way to overstate the scope of Cerrone’s opportunity on Saturday when he rematches Rafael Dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC on Fox 17. Not only could he win the first major championship of his career, but after nearly five years and 18 fights in the Octagon, Cerrone might also finally get his chance to break big.
I mean, really, really big.
The finer points are still being worked out, but early indications are that the winner of Dos Anjos vs. Cerrone could be next up for fledgling featherweight champ and budding superstar Conor McGregor. He is calling his own shots these days, and his top priorities include jumping up in weight to attempt to become the first fighter to simultaneously hold two UFC titles in two separate weight classes.
It’s unknown if the fight company would allow him to do that without stripping him of the 145-pound belt, but UFC President Dana White has already confirmed he’ll book the Irishman an immediate title shot if he hops up to 155 pounds.