ROUNDTABLE: Is this the best version of ‘Cowboy’ we’ve ever seen?

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

May 4, 2019; Ottawa, ON, Canada; Al Iaquinta (red gloves) fights Donald Cerrone (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Is this the best version of Donald Cerrone we’ve ever seen?

Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner

Definitely, I actually believe he can win a title. He has not shown that he actually will though. Donald Cerrone is the Dan Marino/Charles Barkley of MMA, he’s got records and a tremendous amount of skill and he’s exciting to watch but he hasn’t won the big one. Cerrone vs any top guy is sure to make money and be a great fight; at this level, it doesn’t matter who is in the Octagon with him, he is going to give them all they can handle.

I still see Conor McGregor as a bad matchup for Cowboy but Cerrone is such a good story that he would have to be the hero and beat the evil loud mouth McGregor in the story of that fight. Justin Gaethje could end Cowboy’s streak and take his title hopes away but at the same time it’s a good matchup for him, guys that keep coming forward like Justin Gaethje usually end up on the canvas against Cowboy. Lots of possibilities for Cerrone and I like every single option on the board.

Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It sure seems like it. He looked really good. I don’t think anyone is talking title fight, especially against UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and his wrestling, but he’s in line for a big money fight against Conor McGregor if the UFC decides to go that way. If he were to win that, you give him a title shot. I do think this is the best version of Cerrone we’ve ever seen, he seems to have gotten better recently.

Patrick Shaheen, Host – MMA Scope Podcast

We’re seeing a cowboy who is formulating game plans and executing them. It’s beautiful to witness, Cowboy has always been one of the most technical strikers in the UFC. But he seems to be setting the pace in his last three fights. Controlling distance, defending takedowns, and activity off his back when he gets there. He’s not going to let you beat him right now, and it’s amazing to see from a guy who (I personally) have been a huge fan of since I’ve been a fan of the sport.


Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor

I don’t know if this is the best, but it seems to be the most consistent and reliable version of Donald Cerrone we’ve seen. It’s definitely the most fun version of Cerrone to watch. The days where “Cowboy” would show up and lay an egg in a big fight seem to be gone. Yes, he is still a bit of a  slow starter, and he acknowledged that he had some motivation issues prior to his fight with Al Iaquinta on Saturday, but once the cage door closes, we seem to be getting a version of Cerrone who isn’t going to quit or be gun shy if he falls behind early. This version of Donald Cerrone can certainly challenge for a UFC title if given the opportunity.

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