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Donald Cerrone calls out 'feared' Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone has wasted no time in hunting for a new opponent as he returned Khabib Nurmagomedov's call out.

'Cowboy' has won over many fans with his willingness to fight whoever, whenever and said after his win over Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night 45 that he 'will fight anybody'.

It was a thinly veiled shot at Nurmagomedov, who has struggled to find a top opponent to face off, with many hesitant to fight the undefeated Russian.

Cerrone isn't one of those though and even before his fight, he spoke to MMACorner about Nurmagomedov, saying he "Everyone’s scared to fight this guy. I’m not. I don't care and I'll get in there and fight him."

Response

Nurmagomedov has been quick to reply to Cerrone, sending two tweets to Dana White asking for the fight.

The first tweet read: "Lets go, I'm ready, @Cowboycerrone @danawhite @ufc @lorenzofertitta @arielhelwani @dc_mma."

And 12 hours later, he asked Dana White for a five round fight with Cerrone, likely meaning he wants to headline a Fight Night card.

"I want 5 rounds with @Cowboycerrone , I want to test myself, @ufc @danawhite" Read the tweet.

On paper, the fight is a win for everyone involved. Khabib gets his top opponent that he needs to beat before a title shot against either Anthony Pettis or Gilbert Melendez and Cerrone gets a ton of respect, fan support and a nice payday - which is his motivation for fighting so often.

Title shot

The fans also get to see top tier talents go to war over five rounds and find out which one progresses towards a title shot.

Of course the result of the fight would change a lot of things but still the UFC would be happy either way because they'd either have an undefeated monster ready for Pettis/Melendez or a fight anytime, anywhere guy with a title shot and it would be ideal for Cerrone as champion.

It's very unlikely that the fight doesn't get made and also unlikely that it isn't a number one contender's fight either.

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