Donald Cerrone


First four-fight losing streak
May 9, 2020
Cerrone lost to Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
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.
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Added to UFC 249 card
April 24, 2020
Cerrone (face) will square off against Anthony Pettis at UFC 249 on May 9, Shaheen Al-Shatti of The Athletic reports.
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
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 reports.
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.
Stopped by McGregor in 40 seconds
January 18, 2020
Cerrone lost to Conor McGregor via TKO (punches) at 0:40 of Round 1 at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
As one would guess from the result, this fight could not have gone any worse for Cerrone. Cowboy found himself on the defensive just moments after the opening bell rang. McGregor smashed his shoulder into Cerrone's nose during a clinch situation just seconds into the fight and Cowboy was never able to recover. He ate a head kick from Conor just seconds later and it was academic from there. Referee Herb Dean gave Cowboy plenty of chances to recover but it wasn't happening. The UFC's all-time leader in wins and post-fight bonuses, this has the feel of Cerrone's last chance at a big-time fight. Cowboy's immense popularity will continue to keep him relevant for as long as he wishes to continue to fight but this was a massive setback and there's no way around that. Cerrone has done a ton for this sport and if nothing else, it's nice to see him get a big pay day for his efforts.
Set to face Conor McGregor
November 28, 2019
Cerrone will take on Conor McGregor in a welterweight matchup at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Cerrone is coming off back-to-back losses, most recently to Justin Gaethje via TKO (punches) at UFC Vancouver in September, but he was pegged to take on McGregor in his first UFC action since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of 2018. The fight will be McGregor's third time appearing in the welterweight division, while Cerrone is a former lightweight who has fought exclusively in the welterweight division from 2016 to 2019. "Cowboy" holds the UFC record for most wins, as he carries 23 with the promotion and a 36-13 record over his MMA career. Okamoto also reports that Cerrone signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC ahead of the bout. Cerrone carries a height advantage, while McGregor has a slight advantage in reach.
Tastes Gaethje's power in Vancouver
September 14, 2019
Cerrone lost to Justin Gaethje via TKO (punches) at 4:18 of UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
Cerrone took a couple leg kicks early, but appeared to be doing well in the exchanges in the initial stages of the bout. That rhythm all ended when Gaethje caught him with a right hand that sent Cerrone to his knees, and followed it up with several uppercuts while Cerrone was attempting to stand up. Gaethje turned to the ref to stop the fight, but it took a few more follow-up shots before the referee was convinced. Cerrone protested the decision after the fight, but it was the correct call by the referee. Despite the knockout, he didn't appear to be in too bad of shape after the bout, even calling for a fight in December.