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Morning Report: Donald Cerrone says Nate Diaz 'got in his head,' and promises never to 'fight angry' again

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Donald Cerrone is still hearing about his 2011 loss to Nate Diaz.

In arguably the marquee performance of his career, Diaz battered Cerrone over three rounds to score a unanimous decision victory in the co-main event at UFC 141.

"The Diaz brothers have the most incredible following," Cerrone told UFC commentator Joe Rogan Tuesday on his podcast. "Almost as incredible as the Conor McGregor following. His cult is unbelievable. 'He'll beat your ass again.' Well, bring his ass on because I'm ready whenever."

Cerrone has bigger fish to fry at the moment as he prepares to challenge lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 17 on Dec. 19 in Orlando, Florida.

"I'm not making any [excuses]," Cerrone said of the loss the Diaz. "He got in my head. Absolutely. That s**t don't happen anymore. Everyone tells me, 'Conor's in your head. Dos Anjos is in your head.' No the f**k they're not. It was a super lesson.

"I fought out of anger. I sucked that night. That's all there is to it. No excuses. Mother f***er beat me."

Cerrone and Diaz had a bit of a beef going into the fight stemming from an incident where "Cowboy" tried to shake hands at an open workout. Diaz then slapped the hat clear off Cerrone's head at the pre-fight presser. Adding further insult, Diaz missed weight by coming in a pound over the allotted lightweight limit.

At the time, Cerrone said the anger would motivate him in the fight.

"I fight good, pissed off," Cerrone said pre-fight. "When people piss me off, I like that. You wanna talk s**t to me? You're just going to enrage me and piss me off. So feed my f***ing flame. Let's go, motherf***er."

Now with a few years to reflect, Cerrone admits he's actually quite fond of the brothers from Stockton.

"As much as he talked, I like those guys," Cerrone said of the Diaz brothers. "I really do, because there is no front on them at all. What you see is what you get. If I were to run into the Diaz brothers out in the street, we're fucking throwing down. No question. That's just who they are. It's not like they put on this big persona.

"That's who they are 24/7. It's awesome, to me. I've got nothing but respect for both of them. I'd have a drink with them right now. I don't have any animosity or anger or hate toward either one of them. I'd hang out with both of them. It sucks that Nick is in trouble with this whole marijuana thing."

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