One of the busiest fighters in all of mixed martial arts (MMA), Donald Cerrone, will step into the Octagon for the tenth time in less than three years this Wednesday (Aug. 28, 2013) at UFC Fight Night 27, which goes down from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Having faced the cream of the crop in the lightweight division dating back to his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) days, "Cowboy" has gone toe-to-toe with past and present champions who carry big name value such as Anthony Pettis, Ben Henderson and Nate Diaz, just to name a few.
But, as he eyes his second straight win, Cerrone will take on a man who doesn't exactly carry the "name" as the aforementioned fighters in the form of Rafael dos Anjos, admitting on "The MMA Hour" that he didn't know who the Brazilian was prior to signing on the dotted line.
According to "Cowboy," he's not trying to be disrespectful by saying that, it's simply the truth.
"Not to be disrespectful about the guy. It's just that I don't really pay attention. It has nothing to do with me or (people) directly around me, I just don't pay attention. I'm sure he's been out there doing great things. I just have no idea."
Nevertheless, it's safe to assume Donald got familiar with the scrappy Brazilian pretty quick, seeing as how the Evolve MMA fighter has reeled off four straight victories inside the highly-competitive UFC lightweight division, second only to Ben Henderson's seven straight wins.
That streak, however, doesn't necessarily impress Cerrone, because as the 26-fight veteran says, at the end of the day, Rafael still has to step into the Octagon against him.
"I don't care. It doesn't matter to me. He can win 10 in a row, he still has to fight me."
Currently ranked at No. 10 in the official UFC rankings, a win over an established veteran such as Cerrone (ranked number six) would definitely boost Rafael's stock and inch him closer to a shot at the division strap.
And perhaps make a name for himself at the expense of "Cowboy" in the process.
Their 155-pound fight will serve as the co-main event as Cerrone's training partner, Carlos Condit, will headline the UFC on FOX Sports 1 event opposite Martin Kampmann in a pivotal welterweight showdown.