UFC on FOX 11's Donald Cerrone: Edson Barboza 'has never fought anybody like me' before

Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

"Cowboy" believes his UFC on FOX 11 opponent, Edson Barboza, has never faced anyone like him before.

Donald Cerrone is confident that Edson Barboza has never faced anyone of this caliber before.

"Cowboy" spoke with MMAWeekly.com regarding his Brazilian opponent's touted striking and ferocious knockout power, but expressed some doubts over Barboza's ability against a Top 10 fighter such as himself.

"Edson [Barboza] brings dangerous striking and has knocked people out but I don't think he has fought anybody like me." Cerrone told MMAWeekly.com. "I really don't. The guys he has made highlight reels on have been so-and-so guys, so now he comes in the Top 10; lets see how he does."

Ultimately, Cerrone is simply hoping his opponent trains hard for the fight so that they can win one of the post-fight bonuses. The former WEC title contender has won a total of eight bonuses, including three 'Fight of the Night' awards as wells as picking up bonuses in his two most recent octagon outings.

"[I'm] not taking anything away from the guy. I've seen zero tape on him expect the guy he spun the wheel kick on in the UFC. I just hope he [expletive] trains hard and shows up because I'm looking to win one of those bonuses. "

Cerrone also discussed his interest in testing the waters at featherweight, and how it was an idea that was quickly "shut down" by UFC President Dana White.

"Dana [White] shut that [featherweight plans] down really fast. I went and talked to him and he said, 'no, not going to happen.' "

The two lightweight competitors are scheduled to meet in one of the feature fights on the UFC on FOX 11 main card, which is headlined by a heavyweight battle between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 19 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

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