Can Cerrone Continue His Climb Up Lightweight Ladder?

Published on January 3rd, 2015 6:11 pm EST

One of the most intriguing fights (and closest, at least on paper) on Saturday night will see Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone square off against Myles "Fury" Jury in the co-main event. Cerrone, who fights as often as he possibly can, enters this fight as the #4 fighter in the Lightweight division, while Jury is currently the eighth ranked fighter in the division.

Cerrone, who is currently in the midst of a five fight winning streak, would likely enter the Lightweight title picture with an emphatic win on Saturday night. Cerrone is one of the division's most exciting fighters and I have no doubt that the UFC would love to get him into a title fight as soon as they possibly can.

Thanks to an injury to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rafael dos Anjos is expected to get the next shot at Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. If Cerrone wins on Saturday night, a title contender eliminator fight between Nurmagomedov and Cerrone may take place later in the year, with the winner getting the winner of Pettis and dos Anjos. A fight between Cerrone and Nurmagomedov had been signed for 2014 but Nurmagomedov was forced to pull out due to injury.

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Cerrone has been close to a title shot before but ended up losing decisively to Anthony Pettis. This loss forced Cerrone to make the long, slow trek back up the Lightweight ladder.

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The undefeated Myles Jury is no slouch and should give Cerrone everything that he can handle. Having said that, however, Jury has not faced any top competition in the Lightweight division.

The Cerrone/Jury fight on Saturday night has plenty of interesting implications for the division and should be fascinating to watch.


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