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Cowboy Cerrone Made it Personal with Anthony Pettis, Now He Gets to Answer For It

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Anthony Pettis is anxious to get back in the cage and settle a newfound rivalry with fellow former WEC fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

The two fighters are on a collision course for a bout later this year, so it’s no longer a matter of if, it’s only a matter of when.

“That is the fight that’s going to happen. We’re currently working, trying to put together the avenue for which they’re going to fight. I would look for an announcement sooner rather than later for when that fight’s going to be,” Pettis’ manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., told MMAWeekly Radio earlier this week.

“Hopefully it’s the sooner the better because Anthony can’t wait to get his hands on him.”


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Post #1   9/1/12 2:04:47PM   

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This fight is going to be awesome

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Posted by Budgellism

This fight is going to be awesome

Hell yeah it is. Hopefully it has the old WEC feel to it....none stop action

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Post #3   9/1/12 2:41:43PM   

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can't wait for this fight! Just announce it already!

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Posted by prophecy033


Posted by Budgellism

This fight is going to be awesome

Hell yeah it is. Hopefully it has the old WEC feel to it....none stop action


There is going to be no jab and jive and no lnp. I'm taking Pettis, but this is going to be an incredible fight, no matter who wins.

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Post #5   9/1/12 3:15:27PM   

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Love it. They're both super tough and like to stand and bang, and their respective ground games are threatening enough to prevent expectation of a standup war. It's what most of us want to see, right, including myself, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if Pettis or Cerrone mix in some takedowns with their strikes.

They've both improved their wrestling considerably after figuring out their BJJ guards won't always cut it against the top guys. They need to get top position and maintain it for a strong chance to win.

This is the biggest test for Pettis in his career. Bendo was an instant classic, for sure, but Cerrone is the Terminator - he hasn't been stopped, and it'll take several ninja kicks to do that. Cerrone's also got the range and height on Pettis, so he could likely control distance on the feet. There's 2 wrinkles here, that I see -

1) Who takes it to the ground, if at all

2) If one guy starts controlling the fight and the other fades a bit

Both guys are resilient, they've come back from considerable adversity, but there's also been a fight or two where they've largely let the other guy do their thing (Cerrone against Diaz, Pettis against Guida). It'll be a test of will as much as skill.

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I hope this is in Dec Vegas event
Either way I don't see me picking cerrone to win this fight

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Cerrone is the much better fighter style wise his leg kicks I see as a huge factor...

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Posted by isk

Love it. They're both super tough and like to stand and bang, and their respective ground games are threatening enough to prevent expectation of a standup war.



I don't think you meant what you typed. Ground games preventing expectation of a stand up war? You mean their ground games will ensure this is a stand up war.

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Ah, I may need to clarify. They're both pretty good on the ground, but not so good that I think either of them would fear the other any more than in the standup. It's more in their takedowns and their increasing willingness to use them (especially Pettis). Cerrone's not used takedowns in his last couple fights, but they're still available.

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I don't see how Cerrone wins this fight, it all points to Pettis picking Cerrone apart or knocking him out.

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Gotta be a hater on this one. Just had enough of Bendo, Cerrone, Pettis and Varner being linked together til the end of time.

God forbid Bendo beats Nate....then the UFC could end up doing yet another version of these WEC LW fights.

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I can't wait for this fight to happen. This is match making at it's finest. 2 top 10 LW's that are very exciting to watch.
This has excitement written all over it. The winner of this fight will be close to a title shot shortly down the road.
I wouldn't be surprised if the winner of this got the Nate Diaz/Benson Henderson match sometime in the Spring of 2013.

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Sweet match up!!

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I hope Pettis beats Cerrone handily.

Cerrone's a very fun to watch, but something about him rubs me the wrong way.....

Don't think it's the hat, since Don Frye has a cowboy hat and I like Don just fine.
It might be the tattoo?
Maybe it's the way Cerrone fought Diaz?
Is it Cerrone's terrible trash talk/ fight building?

I don't know, but I'm not cheering for him.


Moreover, I want Pettis Bendo II

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