Cerrone ‘Was In’ as UFC 226 Replacement

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has been known for his quick turnarounds between fights, and he nearly pulled off a “Cowboy” yet again.

Cerrone competed in the main event of UFC Singapore last week. According to him and his coach, Brandon Gibson, Cerrone nearly pulled out due to food poisoning, but his competitive spirit kicked in.

“Friday morning after weigh-ins he ate a little bit and he didn’t feel good,” Gibson said. “Then Saturday he was feeling really ill, he hadn’t drank much, he couldn’t hold anything down. He was genuinely ill [but] we got to the arena and he was like, ‘Let’s cowboy up and do this.’

He was actually starting to vibe in the warm-up room. I could tell he wasn’t feeling good but was doing his best to get in that mindset. He was gonna go out there and compete.

Cerrone did go out and compete, and while he seemed to win the later rounds, he fell short to Leon Edwards in a unanimous decision. Now, Gibson says, Cerrone recently received a phone call following Yancy Medeiros pulling out of his UFC 226 bout with Mike Perry. Cerrone was ready to do another quick turnaround, even though his girlfriend was about to give birth to their son.

But a medical suspension from the Singapore event caused Cerrone to be unable to pull it off, and the UFC ended up pairing Perry with Paul Felder.

“He got the phone call [this week] to fight Mike Perry and he said yes,” Gibson said. “He’s under a medical suspension right now so it’s kind of off the table. His son hadn’t been born yet. Lindsey was probably having contractions. They were at the hospital and he was like, ‘Hey, do you have time to do this? I’m feeling good. I’m ready. I just came off an awesome camp. Mike’s been training out of JacksonWink but no hard feelings. Let’s go put on a show. I’ll step up.'”

Cerrone’s coach said while he wishes for Cerrone to not be as crazy as he’s used to being, there is no taking the fight out of the Cowboy.

I don’t want him fighting five times a year. I think those days are over, but he’s always gonna be that, ‘I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime’ kind of guy. Some of these, you’ve just got to get up and ride with ‘Cowboy.’ That’s the life he’s gonna live.

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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