Donald ‘cowboy’ Cerrone takes on number 14 ranked contender Matt Brown in a welterweight match up that will provide chief support at UFC 206 in Toronto, Ontario.
Cerrone was due to fight at UFC 205 in the promotions blockbuster and historic debut show in New York City but when opponent Kelvin Gastelum weighed in too heavy, he was denied the chance to showcase his skills in the iconic Madison Square Garden Arena.
This will only fuel his fire to get back in put on a great show in Toronto. He comes into this fight with an incredible string of victories.
Cerrone has won twelve of his last fourteen fights and his only two losses since May 2013 have come against the same man Rafael Dos Anjos.
Cerrone was swarmed with punches by Dos Anjos and at times in his fight against Eddie Alvarez in 2014 although he won that fight. He doesn’t possess great hand speed but Matt Brown is unlikely to be able to expose this factor as a weakness as he doesn’t have particularly fast hands.
Cerrone is very upright in his stance coming from a muay thai background but it allows him to deliver lethal kicks. Striking is a great attribute for him but it is hard to pin his success solely on one area.
He is a very strong and versatile fighter. He is no great boxer but he can mix his strikes up well and throw hard punches without any wind up which makes him harder to predict for other UFC fighters.
Matt Brown ranked number 14 is not coming into this fight in the best of form having lost his last two fights. In fact he has only won once in his last five fights. However in this most unpredictable of sports you cannot simply cannot write him off on the basis of his record.
Despite the fact he has been losing he is still a viable option because he puts on a good show and steps up to the plate. He has a strong submission game and he may have to try and utilise this as Cerrone is believed to have the advantage in the stand up.
Brown really needs to pull out a performance here to prove he is a fighter thats not on his way down because that’s how it seems at the moment for him.