After months of animosity, trash talk, and training, Donald Cerrone and Mike Perry finally faced off on Saturday at UFC’s return to Denver.
The feud began with Cerrone and JacksonWink co-owner Mike Winkeljohn’s falling out over Cerrone taking the Denver fight with Perry. Cerrone asked if Perry would train at another gym, due to Cerrone’s standing, but Winkeljohn would stand with his new protege and cast Cerrone aside.
Saturday, while the UFC celebrated its 25th anniversary, Cerrone would take the frustration and anger towards Perry and Winkeljohn out by snapping Perry’s arm in the first round of their UFC Denver co-main event.
“What’s this about loyalty,” Winkeljohn said regarding Cerrone over the weekend on his Instagram. “Loyalty is two sided. Especially for the media, who only sees one side. Where was Cowboy Cerrone the last ten years, helping others in the gym? Nowhere to be found. He didn’t come to our classes, he didn’t even use Greg Jackson his last two fight camps. When he came, he would grab sparring partners, then he would take those sparring partners back up to his ranch, where he would pay for fun free sh*t. So those guys would go up there, sometimes they would stay and train, and they would lose. Hmmm. Any gym owner would tell you, cancer has to be removed. It’s removed. The gym has no drama. It’s a happy place, I’m a happy guy. That being said, I really wish that Mike Perry had not taken Cowboy down.
“Anyway, if you have fighter experience and you want to come train with the best fighters in the world, and help each other – Jon Jones, Holly Holm, Michelle Waterson, Devin Clark, Bevon Lewis, Carlos Condit, CR, John Dodson and so many others – you’re more than welcome. If you’re one of those guys who swings on Donald Cerrone’s you-know-what, that’s weak and weird.”
Winkeljohn claims the the beef between the two sides is resolved, but the drama has created a fractured culture inside the JacksonWink gym. The war of words has led to coaches and fighters choosing sides in the split and has seen some fighters leave the well-known facility.
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