Donald Cerrone might be penciled in to face UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos later this year but he's always willing to make time for others.
Speaking with Chael Sonnen this week, Cerrone explained why interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor wouldn't get into his head if and when the Irishman moves back to 155 pounds.
Although, in so doing he describes how Dos Anjos has already managed to.
"Let him come on with it," Cerrone said. "Oh f**k, come on Chael. Bring that s**t on. The only problem is he's not going to be able to do that s**t talking stuff with me because [Dos Anjos] is walking a f***ing thin line with me right now.
"When I saw [Dos Anjos] at the [UFC Fan] expo we were joking around. 'Let's get this date going.' As soon as I leave the expo he tweets at me saying, 'Cowboy when I see you again you're going 0-2 to me' so he starts the fire."
Cerrone and Dos Anjos even shot a quick, friendly video together prior to UFC 189 in Las Vegas. Nate Diaz wasn't impressed.
"When we were together, b***h you weren't saying nothing now I turn my back you want to tweet to me all crazy?" said Cerrone. "Next time I see Dos Anjos I might f***ing punch him in the mouth. You have to see me, b***h. So if McGregor wants to talk s**t? It doesn't fly with Cowboy. That's not how I was raised.
"You can't just hide behind Twitter, hide behind the UFC. 'Oh, you can't hit me until we fight.' Nah, you've got to stand up for what you're talking about. Hopefully we won't cross paths. He hasn't crossed the line and pissed me off just yet, but he's walking the line, for sure."
You have to wonder what it would take to get over that line. Someone like McGregor might know.
"Conor's just good at f***ing talking s**t," said Cerrone. "If I was to fight Conor and he gets on public TV and talks s**t that wouldn't fly with me. At the first opportunity of seeing him I'd check him.
"We might be crossing paths but who the f**k knows. I'd welcome that. Hopefully he talks s**t and I slap the s**t out of him, pump the pay-per-views up and I make four million dollars."
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You are all missing the point about "Stitch" Duran! Stop whining all you APOLOGISTS!
At its very core this is a wonderful success story, symbolic of all the rights and freedoms we as Americans enjoy.
1. The UFC - An American Success Story: Against all odds and opposition at the highest levels, the UFC managed to gain widespread popularity and acceptance on a global scale, within a relatively short period of a decade!
2. "Stitch" Duran's Freedom of Expression: A right our great nation has afforded us; a right "Stitch",a proud American, exercised in sharing with us his thoughts honestly and uncensored on his employers.
3. The UFC's Right to Protect Its Interests: America - a capitalist society! Enough said.
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