Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone takes main event fight on two weeks notice

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Donald Cerrone loves to fight. The 31 year old fighter is now set to face Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 59 on January 18th - just 15 days after he beat Myles Jury at UFC 182.

The man they call 'Cowboy' has made no secret of his desire to fight and excite as often as he can in the octagon, but with Eddie Alvarez pulling out, Cerrone is taking it to the extreme.

Crazy Cowboy pushing for a title fight

'Cowboy' is currently riding a six fight win streak that has seen him defeat former Bellator champion, Eddie Alvarez and the previously undefeated, Jury.

That win streak has put Cerrone on the verge of a title shot, and had the timing been a bit better, this fight could've seen him seal number one contendership.

Yet Cerrone isn't one to wait around and with the Lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis having a fight lined up with Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185 in March, that leaves Cerrone with plenty of time to find another fight.

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Still, with Cerrone earning a reported $140,000 for winning his fight with Jury (that doesn't include undisclosed bonuses), you have to think that for stepping up to face Henderson he's going to get another lucrative payday.

Can he overcome Henderson?

The biggest question surrounding the fight is not just how much damage Cerrone suffered at UFC 182 - it was a very convincing decision victory for 'Cowboy' - but whether or not he can actually beat Benson Henderson.

The former Lightweight champion has beaten Cerrone twice before in their WEC days, once in a close decision, the other was a convincing finish for Hendo.

Granted the second of those fights was over four years ago, but it begs the question as to whether Cerrone can bring it to the level that Henderson has been fighting at.

Henderson has lost to just two people in the last four years - Anthony Pettis (twice) and Rafael dos Anjos - and before that he was seeing off contender after contender.

On the flip side, Cerrone has perennially struggled with the elite of the division - losing to both Pettis and dos Anjos in 2013 and Nate Diaz back in 2011.

Some will argue that he's a different fighter now than when he last lost to dos Anjos. More complete, better all rounder, great stamina.

His six fight win streak coming into the event is varied, with two victories coming via decision, another two via knockout and the other two via submission.

At the end of the day though, Cerrone loves one thing more than anything, even fighting and that's making money, you can be sure that 'Cowboy' is going to have plenty of that to kick off 2015.

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