"As soon as I get through this one, I'm calling out who I want to fight in December," Cerrone told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I hear they've got a Vegas card. And maybe I'll sneak one more in. I'll bring the boat down to Vegas one more time before I've got to put it away."
Cerrone is hoping to fight at least four times this year to return to the frequency he was at in 2011. He admits at least part of the reason has to do with finances.
To put it simply, fighters aren't getting paid when they are sidelined. Cerrone knows he's only making cash when he's fighting, so he might as well do it as much as possible.
"How hard was it to get a loan for this house I'm trying to get? That was the hard part (about only fighting twice in 2012)," Cerrone said. "They're like, 'Well, you had a decrease in income.' I said, 'Yeah. I need to get back after that.' They go off your year's income – 2011 rocked, and 2010. But we're back in the winning track. We're good."
Cerrone says he's poised to fight Benson Henderson and earn a UFC championship belt.
"I'd like a rematch with Ben for sure, and I feel like that's the direction I'm going," he said. "A win over Rafael – I'm not sure if T.J. Grant is getting an immediate shot, or who the next guy is, but that's who I'm going after. Whoever the next guy is. I'm going to chase that title down."
In the meantime, he needs to slip past Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 27.
"The guy's on a four-fight win streak," Cerrone said. "I don't know too much about him – I know he's a great striker and great jiu-jitsu, and that's really all I know. But he needs to worry about what I'm going to be doing. I'm coming hard. Whether it goes to the ground, or stands up, I plan to kick ass and take names."
UFC Fight Night 27 will be headlined by a key bout between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann. Cerrone fights Dos Anjos in the co-main slot.