Cerrone Explains Drama Prior To UFC Denver
While Mike Perry was the one to call him out, Donald Cerrone doesn’t blame him for why he left the JacksonWink camp.
“He’s just doing what a fighter would do going to a gym,” Cerrone, who faces Perry in the FS1-televised co-headliner of UFC Fight Night 139, told MMAjunkie on Wednesday. “It’s the rest of it that is (expletive) to me.”
Instead of Perry, Cerrone blames co-founder, Mike Winkeljohn, who will second Cerrone to the ring on November 10th at the Pepsi Center.
“It just came down to the money,” Cerrone said during media day. “Mike Winkeljohn is solely about the money, and it’s (expletive) to say that.”
“I talked to Wink as a man, face to face, and everything was fine,” Cerrone said about his issues with the gym and a potential fight with Perry. “I explained it, and he was like, ‘Oh, I thought you called Perry out,’ and blah blah blah. I was like, ‘No, it was actually the other way around. He wanted to fight me.’
“Next morning he calls me on the phone like, ‘Well, I thought about it, and not taking Perry means I don’t get paid. I was like, ‘You don’t get paid? What are you talking about?’ On the phone he called me, like a (expletive) girl. And he’s like, ‘So we’re going to go ahead and go with him.’ And I said, ‘Yep, you just drew the line in the sand, man. If I catch you again, (expletive), I’ll see ya.’”
In the aftermath of the rivalry going public, Cerrone claims that many fighters were looking to step in and help “Cowboy” prepare for Perry, a few former JacksonWink veterans.
“The thing that sucks is he knows all the traits, like he’s going to try and be (expletive) toward me to get in my head to get me to fight angry,” Cerrone said of Perry being trained by his former coaches. “But those years are way (expletive) gone on me, so he can try. I’m just going to laugh and shake his hand.”
Initial Report: MMA Junkie