Jorge Masvidal could be Donald Cerrone’s toughest test at welterweight

By Owen Phillips     28/1/17     Views

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Jorge Masvidal. Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

At UFC on FOX 23 in Denver, hometown hero Donald Cerrone takes on Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight clash that looks to provide all the ingredients for a must-watch battle between two entertainers.

Donald Cerrone (32-7, 1NC) faces his most difficult task at welterweight so far when he takes on Jorge Masvidal (31-11) at UFC on FOX 23. Masvidal has put his run of close judges decisions behind him with a more high output style that is making his life a lot easier in the octagon and making fans with it.

There is still the ‘Gamebred’ swagger and the evasive movement that has made him so difficult to hurt in his MMA career. He has been finished by strikes only once in 42 fights and will need all of his guile against a red-hot ‘Cowboy’. Cerrone has been finishing opponents with style and ease that suggests he may be in the best form of his life.

Masvidal, like Cerrone has moved up to welterweight and enjoys the feeling on fight day when he hasn’t had to destroy himself with severe weight-cutting.

Masvidal feels Cerrone has stolen high-profile fights from him and intends on making him pay for it. Masvidal was meant to have fought Kelvin Gastelum and previously Bobby Green, but these matchup’s were removed so they could be lined up against Cerrone.

“Whether he knew or not, somebody’s got to pay with interest for what was done with me, and it’s going to be ‘Cowboy,’” Masvidal said.

 

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Cerrone has been using precise combinations to wear down and stop his opponents, and looks so relaxed at 170 pounds. Cerrone likes to enjoy his fight week, smiling and joking with his adversary. This puts him in the right mood to do well. Noticeable animosity towards his opponent tends not to lead to the right result.

Back in 2011 Nate Diaz irritated Cerrone and got the win by decision.

Matt Brown was bringing the anger right up until he accepted a hug from Cerrone in the third round, then Cerrone got relaxed and put Brown away. There was a noticeable change when Cerrone felt he was on ‘reasonable’ terms with Brown. Matt Brown didn’t want anything to do with Cerrone’s relaxed, jovial nature up until this point.

It seemed to work for Brown to keep up the aggression leading up to and including most of the fight.

At the UFC on FOX 23 weigh-ins, Donald Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal were kept well apart and there were some words exchanged. Masvidal was all business and Cerrone smiled back.

Can Masvidal keep things serious and put constant pressure on Cerrone during the fight? That would seem to be the best way to have success against the rarely beaten and extremely consistent Cerrone. Donald Cerrone’s most recent loss was a fast TKO against Rafael Dos Anjos, where Dos Anjos was in Cerrone’s face and didn’t let up with strikes until the referee stepped in.

What a fantastic co-main event, taking place on Saturday in Denver, Colorado, USA for UFC on FOX 23 leading into the blockbuster women’s bantamweight main event of Valentina Shevchenko vs Julianna Pena.

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