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UFC on FOX 17: Donald Cerrone 'very impressed' by Conor McGregor, but still concerned with 'beating' Rafael dos Anjos

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"Cowboy" would like a crack at "Notorious," but knows he has a tall task in front of him and that's dethroning the 155-pound champion Dos Anjos in a rematch tonight (Sat., Dec. 19, 2015).

No. 2-ranked UFC Lightweight Donald Cerrone is currently the owner of one of the longest active win streaks in the leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion and if he wants to keep it going, he will need to take out Rafael dos Anjos in a rematch for the 155-pound strap at UFC on FOX 17 this evening (Sat., Dec. 19, 2015).

Cerrone will step into the Octagon for the fourth time in 2015, marking the third year in-a-row in which he's totaled four UFC fights in one calendar year, following wins over Myles Jury, Benson Henderson and John Makdessi.

The 32-year-old former kickboxer has won eight straight overall, with his last loss coming at the hands of "RDA" back in Aug. 2013 and he's looking forward to the opportunity of evening the score inside Amway Center.

However, the chance of making good on this promise to do bodily harm to current Featherweight kingpin Conor McGregor is also a sweet bonus.

Cerrone's comments on "Notorious'" latest stoppage (video) of former pound-for-pound star Jose Aldo at UFC 194 (via MMA Fighting):

"I was very impressed. He did exactly what he said he was going to do. He went out there and held up his side of the bargain ... I can't overlook that. I have to go and do what I'm here to do and that's beat RDA. I have to do that before I can even think, or talk, about Conor McGregor. I got one task at hand and that's beating RDA. As soon as that's over, we can talk all you want."

Those who've gotten "Cowboy" riled up in the past have paid a steep price, but it's not like the loud-mouthed Irishman really cares.

McGregor announced after his latest prediction came true that he'd be pursuing his dream of becoming a dual-weight champion, which will start sooner rather than later.

Now that the SBG Ireland product has the green light to test himself against the sharks at 155 pounds, it also means Cerrone could get his hands on the former, but only if he turns back a "completely different" Dos Anjos in the "Sunshine State."

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