PHOTO CREDITS: (John Locher, The Associated Press)
Donald Cerrone just took New Years resolutions to a new meaning. Cowboy moved up from the 155 pound division to the 170 pound division. Cerrone fought for the UFC lightweight title back on December 19th in an early defeat against Rafael Dos Anjos.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the move and that Donald already has a lock on an opponent.
On Feburary 21, 2016, Donald Cerrone will meet Tim Means at UFC Fight Night 82 in Pittsburgh. The card already has names such as Cody Garbrandt, Derek Brunson, and John Lineker. The full card so far is as follows.
~Donald Cerrone vs. Tim Means
~Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker
~Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy
~Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
~Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
~Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
~Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
~Shane Campbell vs. James Krause
~Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
~Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
~Daniel Sarafian vs. opponent TBA
~Bryan Barberena vs. Jonavin Webb
In his post-fight interview, Cerrone gave no clear hints on the weight change, but I have a suspicion for why he decided to do this.
There are rumours flying around that Conor McGregor will fight Rafael Dos Anjos in the foreseeable future, meaning a longer wait time. Plus, Cerrone already lost twice to Dos Anjos, if you take a look at Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, it was looking as if Tate was never going to get another shot. It is easy to make a third fight if the first two was split in half, but is very difficult if one fighter took the first too. It gets boring as a fan.
With that thought, Cowboy would be fighting more fighters that he feels he has already taken out. A move to welterweight gives him more challenges and keeps him on his toes for fights.
His opponent, Tim Means, is a winner of his last 5 of 6 fights, and has a professional record of 25-7-1.