Donald Cerrone likes to fight.
It doesn't matter if it's with his fists for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), or with his boat out in the middle of Lake Granby. The only difference is, you don't get charged with third-degree assault inside the Octagon, something Cerrone must soon answer for in the wake of his "boat rage" incident back in June.
But if Rafael Dos Anjos thinks his opponent's legal woes are going to be a distraction when they sling leather at the UFC Fight Night 27 event later tonight on FOX Sports 1 in Indianapolis (results), he better think again.
"Cowboy" breaks it down for ESPN:
"I'm 100 percent devoted to this fight [with dos Anjos] and that's it. My mind is where it's supposed to be, and the legal matter has nothing to do with it. I'm 100 percent ready, my camp was good, and I feel great. This is the year that I feel I'm getting the belt. I don't know who is in line, whether it's TJ Grant or Josh Thomson. I don't know who's sitting in the slot. But hopefully a win over dos Anjos will put me in line with them, and then a win over them will get me a title shot. That's the overall game plan."
A loss in "Circle City" and Cerrone will have more to worry about than just his boat license.
That's because the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) lightweight has already stumbled en route to the division title, once against Nate Diaz in late 2011 and then again against Anthony Pettis earlier this year. To complicate matters, Cerrone admitted to seeing a sports psychologist to help him conquer the mental side of mixed martial arts (MMA).
We'll see if the doc has earned his dough later tonight.