Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Donald Cerrone said he would "absolutely" drop down to featherweight following the UFC 167 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (Nov. 16, 2013), because he believes he can "dominate" the competition at 145 pounds.
Just don't expect his boss to rubber stamp that request.
UFC President Dana White told reporters following the "St. Pierre vs. Hendricks" show -- which was contested inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada -- that he's not interested in watching a guy jeopardize his health just to get a size advantage in a lower weight class.
"I've seen that kid cut weight before and have horrible weight cuts at 155. You've heard me say a million times that I don't care, that these kids can do what they want. But I don't want that kid going to 145. Get fucking Dolce, get anybody you want to, gut nobody's going to make that 145 cut a healthy cut. There's no way. I don't like it. The kid is shredded. He doesn't have an ounce of fat on his body. He has grueling cuts at 155. There's no way he should cut to 145. Not that this kid listens to anything I fucking tell him to do anyway. But I don't like it, and I don't want him to do it."
This isn't the first time White has put his foot down over weight cutting.
Cerrone (20-6) has been hot-and-cold during his 2013 fight campaign, splitting a pair of wins and losses that includes a "Submission of the Night" over Evan Dunham at last weekend's "Sin City" festivities (full results here). The 30 year-old World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) standout has struggled to keep himself in the title picture and probably expects to get over that hump as a featherweight.
White may not be able to stop him from losing weight, but he can refuse to book him a fight at 145 pounds.
Who will yield?