UFC legend Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is coming off of his fifth straight loss after last night’s UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. Although Cerrone was originally meant to fight Diego Sanchez, Alex Morono stepped in on a week’s notice to hand Cerrone a TKO in Round 1.
Although four out of five Cerrone’s recent losses came from fellow legends such as Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis, Tony Ferguson and Justin Gatheje, the fact that four out of five of these losses have come by TKO and that Cerrone is 38 years old, might raise some questions about his future in the sport.
No one wants to see such a respected legend of the sport like Cerrone take needless damage.
After losing to Conor McGregor in January 2020, Cerrone insisted with a smile and a black eye that he would keep on fighting and fighting was what he loved.
After last night’s defeat, Cerrone’s tone was a bit different. Cowboy admitted that he was ‘heartbroken’ at the result, going on to say that although he didn’t feel like retiring, how he feels and how he performs are two different things.
Speaking to Brett Okamoto later, Cerrone was adamant that he’s “got to snap the streak” and “I’ll never go out like this. There’s no way I’d end like this. I couldn’t let my legacy end like this”.
However, Cerrone would indeed have cause to hold his head high even if he retired. No one can take away his prior accomplishments and legendary records that are yet to be beaten.
Cerrone has fought in over 54 professional MMA fights and won 37 of them. 10 of those wins come by way of knockout and 17 of them come by way of submission. Cerrone holds records for most wins in UFC history at 23 wins, most finishes (16, tied with Charles Oliveira), most performance of the night awards, most wins by head kick and most fights in the division at 33 fights in his UFC career.
Cerrone also holds an impressive kickboxing record, winning 28 of his 29 fights and 17 of those of those wins coming by way of knockout.
Cerrone also has a boxing match on his record, which even though it might be a loss, is still a testament to how much of a combat sports veteran Cowboy is.
During his UFC career, Cerrone has achieved notable victories over Charles Oliveira, Eddie Alvarez, Al Iaquinta, Jeremy Stephens, Edson Barboza, Matt Brown, Mike Perry, Benson Henderson and Jamie Varner.
No matter what the future holds for Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, no one can take away his achievements from him or change the fact that the future Hall of Famer is a true legend of not just the UFC or even MMA but a legend of combat sports as a whole.