Donald Cerrone has made it clear that he intends to walk out of his lightweight title fight against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 17 on Saturday as the new champion.
Cerrone, who is currently on an eight-fight winning streak, will also be looking to avenge his unanimous decision loss to Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 27 in August 2013.
"I'm going to knock the [expletive] out of him," Cerrone told FOX Sports. "I predict that!"
It has been nearly seven months since Cerrone last stepped foot in the Octagon, but the 32-year-old is brimming with confidence and full of adrenaline ahead of his first UFC title fight.
"It's still there. I feel good. I took off and did a bunch of crazy [expletive] so I'm still there," Cerrone said. "I'm doing fine and ready for this fight. I can't [expletive] wait."
Should Cerrone dethrone Dos Anjos as lightweight champion in Orlando on Saturday, ‘Cowboy’ confirmed that he will defend his title more often than any other champion.
"Oh no, it's the same. [Expletive] no let's go, let's run, run, run," Cerrone said.
However, Cerrone is not getting ahead of himself as he knows his last loss in the UFC came at the hands of Dos Anjos. Furthermore, Cerrone acknowledged that Dos Anjos came close to knocking him out and is thus refusing to underestimate the reigning champion.
"He hit me hard. I remember that," Cerrone said. "First round he clubbed me good. I've got to use a little more head movement. Try not to get swapped as hard as I did then.
"He's a good fighter, I'm not taking anything away from the dude. I'm excited, this is going to be fun."