At three pounds over the non-title mark, Cerrone (33-11 MMA, 20-8 UFC) talked about putting his foot down and returning to lightweight, where he’s repeatedly come within steps of a title. But for now, he said, he isn’t sweating the weight for Friday’s weigh-in.
Cerrone joked he has other methods for that (which you can hear about here). Rest assured, a trip to 155 pounds might leave him a puddle on the floor.
The tough-guy routine he expects from Perry (12-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at weigh-in face-offs brought a smile. As he told MMAjunkie on Wednesday, he doesn’t fault the slugger for bringing the drama that broke out into a public feud with his former team at Jackson Wink MMA.
“He’s kind of like a goofball when it comes to all the weigh-ins,” Cerrone said Thursday. “I’m sure he’ll do something retarded. I don’t know. (It’ll be) fun. I’m sure he’s got something up his sleeve.”
Indeed, the only crack in Cerrone’s happy facade came with the mention of Mike Winkeljohn, the co-founder of the Jackson Wink MMA Academy he left when the coach agreed to corner Perry.
Ever-aware of the “clickbait” his words produced, Cerrone couldn’t help himself and cursed Winkeljohn when asked whether he wished he could have avoided the feud by moving back to lightweight earlier.
“It happened,” he said. “It did. And Winkeljohn drew his line in the sand. And now I get to spit on him on the other side, so it’s all right. (Expletive) him. There’s your clickbait, mother(expletives). (Expletive) you, Winkeljohn.”
He continued, “My fight with Perry has nothing to do with Wink. That’s outside drama that has … it won’t even come into play on Saturday. Just right now you’re bringing it out in me. I’ll see him (over there), but it has nothing to do with it. My opponent is Perry. Perry has nothing to do with the drama going on with any of that.”
His most recent trip to the cage hasn’t been hassle-free, but Cerrone enjoys the storyline of participating in his 40th fight under the WEC and UFC banners, and no less in the promotion’s birthplace of Denver, his hometown.
“From the WEC and here today, all of this is fun,” Cerrone said. “This is the journey. Sitting here talking to you guys, I enjoy this. I enjoy the weigh-ins. I enjoy being scared and sitting in my room like, ‘Oh my God.’ Because one day that’s not going to be there. Then what do I have?
“Taking it all in and having fun and joking around and messing with the guys in camp. … All that is fun to sit back and reflect on. It’s cool. And then when you get a win, and the whole team lights up. Or you get a defeat, and the whole team is like a big unit. It’s so cool, man. And the journey of this life, it’s been fun, man. I couldn’t have picked a better career. I couldn’t have picked a better job. It’s (expletive) awesome. So thank you, UFC. Thank you, guys, you clickbait pricks for being there. It’s good.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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