Donald Cerrone
Cowboy

USA

Booked against Sanchez in May
WelterweightUFC
February 4, 2021
Cerrone is set to face Diego Sanchez in a welterweight match at a UFC event on May 8, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone is coming off the first draw of his storied career, while Sanchez reportedly intends to retire after his next bout. The two longtime mainstays of UFC competition have never before met in the Octagon. Cerrone will turn 38 in March, while Sanchez turned 39 in December.
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First draw of storied career
WelterweightUFC
September 19, 2020
Cerrone and Niko Price fought to a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's somehow the first draw of Cerrone's illustrious career. In many ways, Cowboy should be happy with the result given the fact he would have lost via split decision if Price wasn't deducted a point for repeated illegal eye pokes in Round 1. Cowboy does deserve credit for bouncing back following a slow start. He was pounded by Price in the early minutes of the bout, but his chin held up to the point that he could regain some momentum and generate some offense of his own. Cowboy has enough talent and experience to remain somewhat competitive moving forward, but it's quite clear the UFC must be exceedingly careful in regards to who they match him up against. Cerrone in his prime would have blown past a brawler like Price, but Cowboy will be turning 38 years of age this coming March, and it's quite clear his movements have slowed considerably the past couple years.
Agrees to fight Price Sept. 19
WelterweightUFC
August 14, 2020
Cerrone and Niko Price have verbally agreed to fight Sept. 19 during UFC 253 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone is coming off of four straight losses, his most recent being to Anthony Pettis on May. 9 during UFC 249. He's 36-15, with most of his wins coming via submission (17). Price has split his past four fights and is coming off a loss to Vicente Luque at UFC 249 on May 9. Price is 14-4 with most of his wins coming via KO/TKO (10).
First four-fight losing streak
WelterweightUFC
May 9, 2020
Cerrone lost to Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Cowboy may have deserved a better fate, but it was close. It's the first four-fight losing streak of Cerrone's storied career. It only took 53 bouts. He looked better on Saturday than he had of late, but it's fair to wonder if all the wars Cowboy has been in over the years are beginning to take their toll. Simply put, Cerrone is unable to get his head off the center line these days. He absorbs way too much punishment and doesn't possess either the foot nor head movement to get out of the way of his opposition's strikes. The positive is that his chin -- which has been questionable of late -- held up in this one. It's fair to wonder where Cowboy goes from here. The days of him competing with the best in the sport are clearly over, but he remains as popular as ever, and he appears to have enough left in the tank to win as long as the company is careful with who they match him up against. Cowboy turned 37 years of age this past March.
Added to UFC 249 card
WelterweightUFC
April 24, 2020
Cerrone (face) will square off against Anthony Pettis at UFC 249 on May 9, Shaheen Al-Shatti of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone and Pettis will headline the prelims for the UFC's return from a sports hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This news essentially also serves as confirmation that Cerrone's possible facial fractures stemming from his Jan. 18 bout versus Connor McGregor have since been cleared by a doctor and the veteran fighter will aim to bounce back from three straight losses in the Octagon. Despite the recent losing streak against elite competition, Cerrone enters this matchup as only a slight betting underdog of (+115). He'll also own slight height and reach advantages on fight night.
Suffers possible facial fractures
WelterweightUFC
January 21, 2020
Cerrone has been suspended indefinitely by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to possible facial fractures suffered in his lost to Conor McGregor, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone didn't even last a minute in his UFC 246 defeat, taking several calculated shoulders to his face that appear to have broken his nose in the opening seconds. He then took a head kick that send to the canvas followed by a number of ground shots -- any one of which could have resulted in a broken bone. Cowboy is a fighter that likes to stay as active as possible, but the NAC may force him to take some time off in this particular case. He'll be sidelined until Feb. 18 at the very minimum, but will need X-rays cleared by a maxillofacial surgeon if he intends to fight again before July 17, 2020.