Cerrone not one to dwell on recent title defeat

Someday when his fight career is over, Donald Cerrone won't think about his losses more than his wins -- as some pro athletes claim to do.

Truth be told, he won't think about wins or losses, period. For Cerrone, that's not what mixed martial arts is about.

"I don't dwell on results at all," Cerrone told ESPN.com. "I don't care. It makes no difference to me. It's something that happens in competition -- winning and losing. I did not perform well on the nights I lost. That's all there is to it."

That kind of mentality should be a plus for Cerrone (28-7), as he's coming off a deflating loss to UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos on Dec. 19.

Cerrone, 32, earned a shot at the title with an eight-fight winning streak, but he was knocked out in short order by dos Anjos. Cerrone lasted 66 seconds and likely missed out on a lucrative matchup against featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Dos Anjos will meet McGregor for the 155-pound championship at UFC 196 on March 5.

If there's a silver lining to the loss, it's that it frees Cerrone up to compete in any weight class he wants. As a lightweight title contender, the UFC wasn't keen on allowing Cerrone, who enjoys a full dance card when it comes to fights, to skip between weight classes.

Now that he's not in line for a title shot, there should be no promotional restrictions on Cerrone's desire to fight frequently. He'd like to get in "four or five" appearances in 2016. He'll make his first at UFC Fight Night on Sunday, in a welterweight bout against Alex Oliveira (13-3-1).

"I just want to fight," Cerrone said. "I've tried to go up and take fights at 170 pounds before and [the UFC] always told me no. Now, they're telling me yes, so I'm like, 'Hell yeah.'

"[Fighting at 170] makes camp a little better. I don't have to pick and choose what I eat. I don't care though, I'll fight at 155. Either one. I'll go to 185 pounds, who cares? Just give me fights."

Ahead of this weekend's bout in Pittsburgh, which headlines the UFC event, one of the main topics of conversation has been Cerrone's relationship with the UFC and its exclusive apparel provider, Reebok.

In his last fight, Cerrone was fined an undisclosed amount by the UFC for sewing a patch of old Muay Thai shorts into his Reebok uniform. Cerrone has done so for years and says the patch, which features an American flag, is in honor of his grandmother and a symbol of his pride in the U.S. The promotion saw it as a violation of its official outfitting policy.

According to Cerrone, who fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he has discussed the matter with UFC president Dana White and believes the two sides have come to an understanding.

"I need to go on record and say I'm not the victim," Cerrone said. "I was fully aware I would be fined before the last fight. I knew the circumstances going in, I just didn't know how much I was getting fined. Dana and I talked and came to some grounds that we're going to stick to.

"There's a pretty good chance I will [wear the patch on Sunday], yeah."