Two dynamic mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are ready to storm into "The Windy City" as Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone are set to collide in a much-anticipated lightweight showdown at UFC on FOX 6 on Jan. 26, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
"Showtime" and "Cowboy" will finally get to settle their differences after their 155-pound tilt was postponed on a few occasions due to a series of unfortunate events. After a war of words only added more fuel to the fire in a fight that will possibly determine who will next challenge UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson, the two scrappy fighters will soon let their fists (and kicks) do the talking inside the Octagon.
Both known for their striking and tendency to wow fans with their diverse and sometimes unorthodox style of offensive attacks (See Pettis vs. Henderson at WEC 53), Pettis and Cerrone are surely the favorites to deliver a 'Fight of the Night' performance.
After all, these two combatants are far from dull which will result in a not so "typical" fight which fans are accustomed to according to Cerrone's head trainer, Greg Jackson, who recently spoke to Sherdog about the potential "war' in "Chi-Town:"
"Cowboy is certainly a little unique in the way he does his striking, and we've seen how dynamic Pettis is. I don't think it will be typical anywhere. On the ground, on the feet, in the wrestling aspect -- I don't think it's going to be a typical fight anywhere just because both of these guys are so talented. It's going to be one of those fights where you have to fight for small things and try to get the advantage where you can. It's a real war. I'm really looking forward to the fight. Pettis is amazing. He comes from a great camp, and I think it's going to be a hell of a fight."
Many have accused the famed leader of Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts gym of watering down what once were exciting fighters and converting them to point chasers, despite Greg Jackson's stable of fighters earning more fight night bonuses than just about any other camp around, including Cerrone himself, who has six bonus checks to his credit over the last three years.
Not far behind is Pettis, who has one "Submission of the Night," a "Fight of the Night" and two "Knockout of the Night" awards under his belt in the last 24 months.
How about it Maniacs, can "Showtime" and "Cowboy" deliver the goods in Chicago? Is it too early in the year to start predicting an early "Fight of the Year" candidate for 2013?