While initial reports indicated that undefeated lightweight Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone (9-0 MMA, 2-0 WEC) would be next in line for a WEC title shot with current champ Jamie Varner, the 25-year-old today said the bout is not a guarantee.
"That's what [WEC officials are] talking," Cerrone told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com
), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
). "But I've got to let my left hand [expletive] heal up. I think I broke it in the first round. It's killing me. I look like I have a Mickey Mouse hand right now."
Cerrone was awarded a "Fight of the Night" bonus for his win over former champ "Razor" Rob McCullough at WEC 36. But his injury and unclear direction from the WEC have left the Varner vs. Cerrone bout's status uncertain.
"I feel definitely in line, but if they want me to fight somebody else, I'm game, too," Cerrone said. "It doesn't matter."
Cerrone won a hard-fought unanimous decision victory on the preliminary card of "WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown" to keep his unblemished record in tact. Many MMA fans have questioned why the bout wasn't included on the Versus broadcast, and Cerrone is among those who was confused by the decision.
"I was more hurt than anything," Cerrone said about being left off the main card. "I talked with (WEC officials) Reed (Harris) and Scott (Adams), and they were like, 'Man, you kind of write your own fate. You go in there, you put on a good show, you win, I promise you we're going to put this on air.'
After the fight they both came to me and they were like, 'Yeah, you're on the live show for sure.' And then it didn't get aired. It felt like I put all of mine on the line, you know what I mean, and I didn't get any return. I discussed that with Scott last night, and he was like, 'I'm sorry, dude. It was supposed to be aired. It just didn't go right.'"
Despite the snub, Cerrone did receive a $7,500 bonus for his efforts.
Regardless of any additional monies paid, Cerrone believes the performance was reward enough.
"It's OK," Cerrone said of not appearing on the broadcast. "It doesn't matter. The fight went the way that I wanted it to go, and I can't ask for anything else."