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Donald Cerrone wants Demian Maia at UFC 207 after Gastelum

Donald Cerrone raises his hand after defeating Rick Story in a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 202 on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone  seems to be making a comfortable home at welterweight despite comments in the past of his 170-pound fights just a way for him to stay busy.

Cerrone is heading into his fourth welterweight bout when he faces Ultimate Fighter winner and No. 5-ranked Kelvin Gastelum on the huge UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden, but already he is thinking about his fifth fight in the weight class he has made a home throughout 2016.

“What I really want to do (after UFC 205), which I think makes the most sense right now is Demian Maia,” Cerrone said during a pre-UFC 205 media lunch (transcription via Bloody Elbow). “Let’s see if Demian will be ready to fight on Dec. 30. He’s up there kicking ass, so that’s what I want to fight.”

“He’s probably the guy to fight next for the title, right? He’s crushing everybody. A lot of those people get scared of people when they’re good. I like it. So, bring that sh-t on.”

Dec. 30 is the date of UFC 207, set to feature the return of Ronda Rousey who will challenge Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight title, as well as bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz defending the title against Cody Garbrandt.

Maia currently stands as No. 3 at welterweight and is coming off of arguably his most impressive career victory. UFC on FOX 21 saw Maia submit longtime top welterweight and former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit in less than two minutes. It was the first time in a decade Condit had been submitted in his pro career.

In typical “Cowboy” fashion though, Cerrone says he would be willing to go down on the scale too if the financial compensation was right.

“Oh man, if the money’s right, I’d damn sure would make 145 (pounds). No problem. It would suck, but here I am today, this morning, I was 176/177 pounds, eating whatever I want. So, it’s nice to fight up and heavy, right? For sure.”

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