Why Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone gave up a sure UFC title shot
By: Elias Cepeda, FOX Sports
"When Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced by injury to pull out of his UFC 187 lightweight No. 1 contender's match against Donald Cerrone, 'Cowboy' could have been made the default next title challenger. After all, Cerrone has already won seven straight fights, including ones over the likes of former champion Benson Henderson, rising contender Myles Jury, Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza.
"The fact is, Cerrone already had an argument going for him that he should be the next in line to face new champion Rafael dos Anjos. With Nurmagomedov (who beat dos Anjos in his last contest, over a year ago) out of their fight at the last minute, Cerrone seemed poised to simply wait for the inevitable championship bout.
"Cerrone had no interest in a free pass, however, and insisted to UFC president Dana White that he be given a replacement opponent so that he could still fight at UFC 187. Cerrone got John Makdessi, who is fresh off a huge KO win at UFC 186 in Montreal, and the 'Cowboy' now risks losing his title shot.
"'Dana called me up and told me that Khabib was out,' Cerrone tells FOX Sports, 'and I told him, 'OK, so who is going to replace him?''
"Cerrone tells us that he didn't for a moment consider the 'smart' path of sitting out, waiting for either Nurmagomedov to heal or simply for a title fight, instead. 'Not at all,' he says."
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