Cerrone Looking for Turnaround in 2018
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is a favorite among UFC fans, praised for his highlight reel performance and his ability to take fights on short notice, even after he had just fought recently. Cerrone, known for competing at lightweight for the longest time, made a change after losing a title bout to Rafael dos Anjos in 2015. Cerrone switched to welterweight, where he won all four of his bouts in 2016.
But Cerrone’s 2017 was one to forget. After the four-fight win streak, and winning 13 of 16 bouts between 2013 and 2016, Cerrone lost all three bouts he fought in during 2017. Cerrone was finished in six minutes by Jorge Masvidal back in January, lost a three-round unanimous decision to Robbie Lawler at UFC 214 in July, and he was knocked out by Darren Till in the main event of an October UFC Fight Night.
“It’s just wild,” Cerrone said during a recent edition of the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “I mean, [expletive], it’s not a thing that’s the norm. When we step in there we’ve been a pretty successful squad, but lately we’ve had a bit of trouble. Look at me, I’m [expletive] three losses. The first I’ve had ever. It’s [expletive], I don’t know what the [expletive] is going on.”
Cerrone’s team at Jackson-Wink MMA suffered a publicity blow as well to make things worse. Following UFC 219, a team photographer at the event referred to Cyborg as a “he.” The said photographer was stripped of his credentials and is no longer allowed at any UFC event.
“I know [Cyborg], but regardless of who it was – like if somebody wants to go say that, do it on your own time,” Cerrone said. “You’re not the [expletive] media person for one of the largest MMA schools in the country and then [expletive] start talking like a total [expletive] jackass, you know what I mean? That was my take off that.”
Cerrone will look to turn things around and change his fortunes in 2018, and that begins on Feb. 18, when he faces Yancy Medeiros in the main event of UFC Fight Night 126.