A Very “Cowboy” Christmas

Jeff Bottari|Zuffa LLC|Zuffa LLC

Jeff Bottari|Zuffa LLC|Zuffa LLC

What do you want for Christmas? That is a question that we hear from parents, significant others and even relatives we hear from once or twice a year. More than likely you are going to get clothes if you don't speak your mind. So let me voice what I want this year. Longtime featherweight kingpin, Jose Aldo, just lost at UFC 194 to Conor McGregor. The 13-second knockout completely shook up the division and leaves us with some question marks as to who McGregor's next foe will be. All signs point to Frankie Edgar challenging for the 145-pound belt coming off of a first round TKO over Chad Mendes, also this past weekend. However, there's someone else I have in mind... Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone will be challenging for the lightweight title in a rematch against champion Rafael dos Anjos this weekend. Cerrone's last loss was also to Dos Anjos when they first met two years ago. 2015 has been the year of newly crowned champions with seven of the ten weight classes getting new faces at the top. For arguments sake, let's say Cerrone emerges the champion after this weekend. McGregor has been seriously considering making the jump up to lightweight because of a tough cut down to 145-pounds, especially with the IV ban in place. When questioned if he would vacate the featherweight title, McGregor remained vague, but that's neither here nor there. Cerrone and McGregor had words for each other at the UFC's "Go Big" press conference a few months back so the two definitely have a starting point with trash talking each other. McGregor is the organization's biggest star and everyone loves a good scrap from "Cowboy." In this matchup, we would see two very dynamic strikers with mouths to sell the fight and who are basically guaranteed to show up on fight day as neither fighter have ever withdrawn from a UFC bout due to injury. McGregor would be faced with a much larger opponent than usual as he usually towers over his opponents at featherweight. This fight would be guaranteed fireworks from bell to bell, simply put. If Cerrone captures UFC gold, get your cowboy hats and Irish flags ready -- you're in for a treat.

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