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Donald Cerrone: If you're not hyped for UFC 213 fight vs. Robbie Lawler, 'then (expletive) you'

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LOS ANGELES –When Donald Cerrone crossed paths with Robbie Lawler last week during UFC 211 festivities in Dallas, there was no Daniel Cormier-Jon Jones moment of animosity.

In fact, the encounter was quite the contrary as Cerrone gave Lawler “a big ol’ hug” and exchanged pleasantries with his UFC 213 opponent. The way Cerrone sees it, this fight sells itself and needs no drama attached to it.

“I don’t think you have to gas us up,” Cerrone said Wednesday during a media luncheon. “We’re already full tanks, man.”

Indeed, Cerrone (32-7 MMA, 19-4 UFC) and Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC), who will square off at the July 8 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, have reputations as two of the toughest guys in the UFC. Both have displayed a willingness to stand and trade shots, which makes this one of the most anticipated fights of the summer.

Cerrone will enter coming off a devastating TKO loss to Jorge Masvidal in January at UFC on FOX 23 that snapped a four-fight win streak. Lawler finds himself in the same boat, having lost the welterweight title to Tyron Woodley by knockout last July at UFC 201 after a five-fight win streak.

One would think there’d be a sense of urgency for both men to be victorious and get back on the path to a title shot. Or maybe not.

“Robbie is old school, been around forever. And so have I. Somebody’s going to lose. But I don’t think Robbie looks at it like that; neither do I,” Cerrone said. “I don’t go in there like, ‘(Expletive) I have to win. My career.’ … I’m going to fight, to fight one of the best brawlers, going to stand up, (expletive) throw down, and put on a show. This fight is for me. This is what I love. There’s no place I’d rather be than in that mother(expletive). And then throwing down with one of the greatest? C’mon, I’m loving it – every minute of it.”

Cerrone and Lawler originally were set to meet last year at UFC 205 until Lawler called it off, saying he needed more time following his loss to Woodley. They’ll finally get it on this summer, and no matter what else gets added to the card, Lawler-Cerrone seems destined for “Fight of the Night” honors at UFC 213.

“Fight of the Year” perhaps?

“Oh, for sure. In my mind it already is,” Cerrone said. “‘Fight of the Everything.’ Fight of my life. Can’t wait, man. I’m (expletive) pumped. It’s going to be exciting. I don’t even know why I need to keep selling this fight. If you’re not a (expletive) MMA fan and watching this fight, then (expletive) you. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

Watch the video above to hear more from Cerrone.

And for more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.



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