LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Mixed martial artist Donald Cerrone holds the Breakthrough Fighter of the Year award at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Donald Cerrone has a big match up with a friend and former training partner in Melvin Guillard, when the two high-energy brawlers step into the cage at UFC 150 in Denver, Colo., on Sat., Aug. 11, 2012.
For "Cowboy," the idea of fighting a friend is no big deal to him. In fact, since the beginning of his career, Cerrone has always been outspoken about his willingness to fight anyone and everyone, no matter what his affiliation or feelings for them.
During an interview with "Inside MMA," Cerrone re-iterated the fact that mixed martial arts (MMA) is not a team sport -- it's every man for himself:
"I'd fight Leonard Garcia, and that's my brother. It's a business. It's what we do. It's a one-man sport. It's not a team. So, we train together, and it's blood, sweat and tears, but it's a business, and we're both trying to get to the top. I have no problem fighting him. I have nothing bad to say about the guy. We're going in there and getting paid."
Despite the fact that he's lost two of his past three fights, Cerrone's opponent, Guillard, is a dangerous fighter. Is Cerrone making a big mistake by looking past him?
"Cowboy" may be a favorite in his upcoming fight, but he hasn't won it yet. That said, he's already looking forward to his next couple of fights.
Specifically, he still has his crosshairs fixed securely on Anthony Pettis:
"I definitely wanna go after that title, and getting a rematch with Henderson would be an honor. That'd be sweet, for the belt. But, I really wanna fight Anthony Pettis. I want him to quit crying about his hurt shoulder and step up and fight me. I don't know what I gotta do. Just grab your purse and let's dance, brother."
He believes cardio will be a major factor, but he had trouble deciding who will emerge as the victor:
"It's gonna come down to conditioning, for sure. Frankie's just a ball of fire. Henderson's totally resilient. Who wins? I don't know, man. Frankie wants his belt back, and Henderson wants to keep it. I don't know who, and I don't know win. All I know is I'm coming after one of them."
Though Cerrone had trouble picking a winner, he's hopeful that Henderson will retain the belt, allowing himself the opportunity to get a rematch and a title shot, all rolled into one.
"I would like to fight Henderson, just because a third time for the belt would be awesome. I think a win over Melvin and a win over Pettis would definitely put me in line. If there's someone else in there, I don't care. I just wanna keep fighting."
Finally, Cerrone was asked to give his prediction on how his own fight at UFC 150 will go down. This time, he didn't have any trouble coming up with an answer:
"I'm walking away with a victory. Not a doubt in my mind. I'd bet the farm on it."