"Cowboy" Donald Cerrone has never been shy about expressing what's on his mind. And he thinks Anthony "Showtime" Pettis has been ducking him long enough. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis turn up the heat

Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone are two of the most popular and exciting fighters in the all of MMA. And with their highly-anticipated clash only months away, the two lightweights are engaged in a war of words that show no signs of slowing down.

Sometimes, the greatest of fights come from right out of nowhere.

Two guys with no history, who don’t match up particularly well, in a fight with little or no buzz – take Leonard Garcia vs. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, for instance. Sometimes a fight takes the MMA watching world by complete surprise, and shows once again why this sport is, as Kanye West might say, “cray”.

This is not one of those fights.

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Anthony “Showtime” Pettis is the reason God invented Mixed Martial Arts. These are two lightweights (lightweights!) who just about everybody has heard of, and with good reason: they’ve been bombarding your eyeballs with awesome for years now.

“Showtime”, you might recall, is the guy who once did this in an MMA fight. For his part, Donald Cerrone has won “Fight of the Night” honors four times. And now they’re going to fight. In the same cage. Against one another.

If this fight was a cocktail, it would be two parts excellent striking, two parts well-rounded ground game, and garnish with a dollup of crazy.

And the war of words is heating up. You’ll recall that Pettis and Cerrone were originally scheduled to face off at UFC 150 this past August, before Pettis pulled out of the fight with a shoulder injury. The accusations of ducking from Cerrone’s side haven’t stopped since.

In a recent interview, “Cowboy” took another shot at Pettis, and claimed the former WEC lightweight champion was avoiding him once again. Via MMA Junkie:

“Every time I suggest (the fight), his manager comes back and says, ‘Well, maybe ‘Cowboy’ could fight somebody else right now,’ and it’s just this excuse to not fight.”

This time, Pettis wasn’t going to take it lying down. Or rather, his manager Mike Roberts wasn’t.

“Anthony is running for whoever has got the belt, and unfortunately for ‘Cowboy,’ it’s never been him.”

Ok, so this isn’t full-fledged Chael Sonnen-on-Anderson Silva levels of trash talk yet. Nor is it the “if ya feelin’ forggy, jump!” intensity of Rashad vs. Rampage. But I guarantee it’ll be a more exciting fight than either of those fights were.

Add in the fact that they clearly don’t like each other, and I’m sold.

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