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Monday Morning Hangover: What's next for 'Cowboy' Cerrone after knockout loss to Rafael dos Anjos?

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as UFC on FOX 17 blew the roof of the Amway Center last Saturday night (Sat., Dec. 19, 2015) in Orlando, Florida.

For complete coverage including play-by-play results click here.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Michael Johnson, who saw his title hopes go up in flames after Nate Diaz walked away with a unanimous decision victory (see it). And Junior dos Santos, who was knocked out by Alistair Overeem in the second round of their heavyweight collision.

Full recap here.

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now 48 hours removed from the show?

Donald Cerrone.

After what I'm sure felt like an eternity of waiting for a man who fights every other weekend, Cerrone climbed into the Octagon with the hopes of winning his first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title.

In the process, "Cowboy" -- who was undoubtedly the sentimental fan favorite -- looked to obtain some get-back from "RDA" after the Brazilian bomber defeated him two years ago in what was his last loss before going on his eight-fight win streak.

That bout proved to be more competitive, as dos Anjos absolutely blitzed through Cerrone this time around to the tune of a 66-second knockout victory to retain his 155-pound strap (see it again here).

And though the bout didn't last too long, trying to dissect where it went wrong isn't that hard, as "Cowboy" revealed during the post-fight press conference (video replay here) that the knee to the body delivered by "RDA" proved to be the dooming strike.

Sure, Rafael piled it on with a body kick and a bevy of punches to the dome to put on the finishing touches, but the perfectly-placed knee is what started the downfall, according to Cerrone.

Where "Cowboy" goes from here, is harder to figure out.

After seven months on the sidelines, it's easy to assume that Cerrone will look to get back into the swing of things sooner, rather than later. Of course, that's assuming UFC matchmakers call him at all.

Which they will, despite his recent comments.

That's because they don't come as durable and hard-working as Donald, as the 155-pound standout has proven time and again he can rise from a devastating defeat and work his way back to the top. And he can do it faster than anyone else, too.

Will he, though, is the question, as only he knows if he'll take more time off following the heartbreaking loss.

If he chooses to get back into the Octagon in a few months, perhaps a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov is in order.

"The Eagle" is aiming to make his return to action in early Spring 2016 (though he has his sights set on someone else), and a fight between the two men makes sense, as two previous scheduled matchups have gone up in smoke due to injury.

Unless, of course, you have something better in mind?

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