This past week, Donald Cerrone appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and he talked about his upcoming lightweight title fight against Rafael dos Anjos, which takes place Dec. 19 in Orlando, Florida. Cerrone dropped a decision against Dos Anjos in their first meeting in Aug. 2013, and has since won eight straight fights.
Among the many topics hit on surrounding the bout, "Cowboy" said that another previous opponent — Anthony Pettis — had offered to help him prepare for Dos Anjos, who took the belt from Pettis at UFC 185 in March.
"Anthony said, ‘Cowboy, if you need me to come down and train you for dos Anjos, I hate that motherf***er. I’ll be there,’" Cerrone told Rogan. "I said, ‘Pettis, I might just hit you up on that.'"
Some of that might have been the Budweiser talking.
On Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani reported that the former champion Pettis told him that he never offered to train Cerrone for Dos Anjos.
According to the report, Pettis said Cerrone took a recent conversation they had out of context. Pettis also reiterated that he would never train with anyone in his weight class, and said that doesn't hate Dos Anjos. He just wants to get his belt back.
"I need to get my glory back," Pettis said.
UFC Tonight said that Pettis' plan is to get by Eddie Alvarez, whom he's now officially booked to face on Jan. 17 in Boston, then fight Dos Anjos, whether he's still holding the belt or not. According to the report, Pettis said he would rather fight Dos Anjos even if Dos Anjos loses to Cerrone because a three factors. One, he was already the champion. Two, he already beat Cerrone. And three, he wants to exorcise the demons from UFC 185, when he lost the title to the underdog Dos Anjos.