Cerrone Almost Faced Brown At UFC Austin
Before his fight at UFC Austin was announced, Donald Cerrone was planning to drop back down to 155-pounds.
Why? Well, he was originally set to face a former opponent, Matt Brown
Instead of battling Yancy Medeiros, Cerrone was scheduled to face an opponent he already defeated at the UFC’s event in Austin, Texas.
“I was going back to 155-pounds, and I thought the fight was supposed to be with Matt Brown,” Cerrone told Jim Norton and Matt Serra in a recent appearance on UFC Unfiltered.
“Matt Brown called, and I begged the UFC for the fight, I told them that he wanted to do it.”
“Cowboy” explained to the former fighter, Serra, and Stand-up comedian, Norton that Brown pulled out of the fight before it was announced. Brown’s near sudden cancellation kept Cerrone at welterweight and against Yancy Medeiros, instead.
“So originally, the fight was me and Matt Brown in Austin, main event,” Cerrone said. “So, I was like, ‘alright, I wanted to go down to 155, but f—k it, whatever, no problem. So then, they said ‘well, now Matt, I guess the day doesn’t work for him, I don’t know what the excuse was.”
“So, now, here I am, main event in Austin, by myself, and then Yancy’s like ‘I’ll do it!’ So I said ‘OK, here we go!’
In November, Brown took what he said was his retirement fight against Diego Sanchez in Norfolk, Virginia. The fight would be a memorable one for Brown, where he won via a highlight reel elbow knockout in the first round. However, the thrill of that fight may have him riding the fence about calling it quits and the legacy he had left behind.
Cerrone feels Brown wanted redemption for their first fight at UFC 206, which was why he he originally agreed to the rematch.
“He was talking about retirement, and I guess maybe I was the fight that he wants redemption,” Cerrone said. “He doesn’t wanna go out like that – I have no idea. He was asking for the fight, and I was obliged to give it to him.”
Cerrone and Medeiros will headline UFC Fight Night 126 on February 18th.