After knocking out Yancy Medeiros in the first round of the UFC Austin main event, Donald Cerrone made a big callout. ‘Cowboy’ is now looking to change weight classes again…

Leading up to UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin, Texas, 44-fight MMA veteran Donald Cerrone found himself in unfamiliar territory. Tasting straight defeats for the first time in his storied career, ‘Cowboy’ was riding stoppage losses to Jorge Masvidal & Darren Till, with a decision dropped to Robbie Lawler in between.

The pressure was certainly on Cerrone to perform on cowboy territory, he was not facing a gimme in Yancy Medeiros, though. The Hawaiian is a product of the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu team in California and was riding a three-fight win streak coming into last night’s headliner.

Streaking Medeiros vs. skidding ‘Cowboy’ ended in the first round, but it wasn’t the end of Cerrone’s story. In fact, ‘Cowboy’ scored a massive finish with just two seconds remaining in the opening frame, dispelling all the retirement talk.

Back to Lightweight

Following his big skid-snapping knockout in Austin, Cerrone revealed some big plans for his next fight. Not only does ‘Cowboy’ want to return to 155 pounds, he wants possibly the toughest test available at lightweight.

As first reported by MMANYTT, ‘Cowboy’ wants a piece of Khabib Nurmagomedov:

“I want [155 pounds]. I want to go get that belt,” Cerrone said. “Khabib [Nurmagomedov], I’m coming baby. I’m coming. I ain’t scared to fight you.”

“These big old boys hit hard and they’re a lot bigger. Like I woke up at 168 [pounds] made weight easy. I wish there was a [165 pound] weight class. UFC could we get a 165 weight class, please? Cause that would be cool,” Cerrone said.

“I’ll just fight whatever they tell me. They’ll call me and tell me ‘we need you at 170’ and I’ll be like OK. I’ll take any fight. They all pay the same to me so it don’t matter what it is.”

Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports.

Thoughts on Cerrone Returning to 155

Cerrone finds himself essentially just too small for welterweight and just too big for lightweight. As time goes on, an older fighter has a harder time cutting weight. In the case of Cerrone, this presents an issue.

“I can make 160 pounds. It’s just that little bit, I just don’t have the bodyfat, or I’m too lean”.

The UFC has talked about opening a 155-pound division at some time in the future, but that doesn’t help ‘Cowboy’ right now.

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