Is the sun setting on this Cowboy?
Is "Cowboy" Cerrone now cemented as a gatekeeper for the UFC?
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, 35, has amassed a cult-like following with MMA fans for his take on all comers' attitude. While a lot of fighters in combat sports claim to not back down from anyone, Cowboy has proven time and time again to live by the mantra.
Cerrone (33-10) will take his talents this weekend to Singapore when he faces off with rising star Leon Edwards (15-3) in the main event for UFC Fight Night 132.
Edwards, who was born in Jamaica, but now fights out of Birmingham, England, is looking to replicate fellow Brit, Darren Till, who used a victory over Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 118 to catapult his performance into the main event slot in his hometown of Liverpool last month against Stephen Thompson.
While Edwards is looking to break into the UFC's top ten rankings, he has never faced anyone with the resume of Cerrone, who owns victories over Rafael dos Anjos, Benson Henderson, and Eddie Alvarez, all former UFC champions.
Cerrone is tied with Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping for the most wins in UFC history with 20.
While a UFC championship has eluded Cerrone up to this point, he presumably can stake his claim as the "People's Champ" because of his fan friendly demeanor and his willingness to take on anyone at any time. Heck, even UFC President Dana White has shown goodwill towards Cerrone.
Cerrone, who fights out of renowned MMA gym, Jackson Wink MMA, and is close with teammates Jon Jones and Holly Holm, can often be seen on social media riding his Jet Ski or motorcycles or enjoying a cold frosty Budweiser.
Cerrone endured a three-fight losing streak last year with losses to Jorge Masvidal, Robbie Lawler, and Till, but rebounded this year with a first-round knockout of Yancy Medeiros in the main event of UFC Fight Night 126.
This will be Cerrone's 12th appearance on a UFC card in the Co-Main or Main Event.
While title contention for Cowboy might be in the rear-view mirror, it's not hard to fathom Cerrone stepping in as a late replacement in a title fight or build another winning streak to move back into the top ten rankings.
Who's ready to see Cowboy v. Carlos Condit?
Cerrone comes into this bout as a slight favorite and the usually calm and collected Cerrone has not been shy about his dislike for Edwards and what he deems as a cocky attitude from the Brit.
It would be a safe bet to assume a spot in the UFC's Hall of Fame will be waiting for Cerrone when his time to ride off into the sunset comes calling just don't expect him to go out without a fight.
UFC Fight Night 132 will be held on Sat. Jun. 23 at 8AM/5AM ETPT from Singapore and will only be available on the UFC's streaming service, Fight Pass.