Donald Cerrone Fights Off Financial Woes and Retirement, Plans Another UFC Title Run

January 21, 2014
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Donald Cerrone

Donald Cerrone had thoughtsabout retiring as he was preparing to face Evan Dunham at UFC 167. Had he not won the fight, “Cowboy” said he was ready to hang up the gloves, mainly because he lost the fire that once drove his passion to fight.

Recently, however, Cerrone said he’s ready to come back with an all new focus. The drive to fight is back, he said, and this time he plans on being more responsible with his finances.

“What really happened is I spent all my money and now I’m broke,” Cerrone told Majority Draw Radio. “Now I only got one choice, and that’s to fight.

“It’s hard to have money in the bank and want something and then not get it. I just (expletive) buy it. I have no idea what saving money is. It has nothing to do with wanting to go broke. I wish I had millions in the bank; I’d never go broke. Let’s get that belt and get millions in the bank.”

The downslope, as Cerrone referred to it, began around the time he lost his UFC 141 fight against Nate Diaz. Since then, the Jackson’s MMA standout said he began to taper off in his training, being present physically, but lacking the mental focus that he had in years prior.

The problem, Cerrone revealed, was that he reached a comfort zone and remained there for an extended period of time.

“What happened was I got real comfortable financially, and just kind of let off everything — my training, I lost my fire,” he said. “I was training, going through the motions.”

Even as he collected a notable win over K.J. Noons at UFC 160 last May, Cerrone said he was missing something.

“I was fighting, but didn’t have that inner kill in me,” he said.

Now Cerrone wants back in the cage, and desires those millions of dollars that he said comes with a championship belt. His next fight is at UFC on Fox 10 on Jan. 25, then he targets UFC 171, the pay-per-view card in Dallas headlined by Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.

Beyond his next opponent, Adriano Martins, the most willing competitor to fight the 155-pound Cerrone is Cole Miller, a featherweight that earned the Submission of the Night award at UFC Fight Night 35 earlier this week. Miller has long desired a match with Cerrone because of some personal differences, and he called out Cowboy just moments after his win in Duluth, Ga., asking him to drop to 145 pounds for the fight to happen.

“I’m gonna send Mike Dolce over to you and you can put the bill on me,” Miller said in his post-fight interview this past Wednesday. “He’s probably gonna tell you the same thing I’m gonna tell you: Lay off them cheeseburgers and Twinkies, homie.”

Unfortunately for Miller, the timing for the two to meet in Dallas might not work after all, as Miller broke his hand in the UFC Fight Night 35 win.

But if both heal and recover well enough, Miller can get what he wants on a later card, and Cerrone can grab yet another payday in an effort to stay thoroughly active in 2014.

“We’re going for six this year, brother,” Cerrone said, referencing how many fights he plans on in 2014. “I like money.”

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  • drkdisciple

    The only thing missing on this article is a link where we can donate to help cowboy with his financial hardship.

    • JDMMA

      lol… his 10 acre Ranch def needs an inground pool

  • Rum Runner

    Definition of Man Child

  • J.D.C.D.

    I listened to entire interview on Majority Draw Radio and one of the interviewers did a follow up on Cerrone and said all his stuff is paid in full. He doesn’t have money in his bank account. I think they said being cash poor.

    I think his situation is sad. The Cowboy needs to save some money and or get help. He says in the interview going home and just reading a book after training is boring but what is the alternative. Keep fighting because your broke all the time because you can’t stop help yourself.

  • King Of The Spread

    Damn, Sorry to feel bad for a guy who makes more in a night than I do in a year.

    The UFC may need to look into financial planning with these fighters like the NFL does but I mean to just spend all your money and not think twice really?

  • Sensei_jr

    Send your donations to lol

  • TheCerealKiller

    F him. Stupid people make their own beds and don’t want to sleep in them. He could always get a part time at Mickey D’s!

  • Sir_Roy

    If he thinks “making millions” will somehow change things, he’s got a rude awakening. He’ll just want bigger, more expensive toys to play with. He needs to grow-up and curb his impulses.

    Plenty of millionaires go broke all the f’n time.

  • Chuck Norris mini me

    Hell he could make millions n millions if they ever do a midget movie of walker Texas ranger!!!!!

    • Big Tuna

      Your an idiot. He is 4 inches taller than Chick Norris.

  • Big Tuna

    Guys like Velasquez fight to feed their family not buy crap. They do not get lazy because the fridge has to be full again next week they have no option but to become champions.

  • guest

    cant feel bad for this guy. the single worst reputation fighter in MMA. his real side is disgusting. he once fired a manager because he didnt bring back enough girls after the fight for “cowboy” to have sex with. cerrone was also well known to have passed one of his prior girlfriends around to his friends at his ranch. he used to date a very well known female fighter and told her that if she didnt bang leonard garcia that she had to move her stuff out of his house and never speak to him again. granted, the girl had problems of her own, but to be that way? he is a disgusting arrogant person.

  • james j

    Classic athlete who will be bankrupt

  • horace

    Just go get a construction job and move on. Or how about a college degree? amazing how dumb these guys are.

    • shakejunt

      yeah give up your passion and live an oh so enjoyable 9-5 life.

  • shakejunt

    bunch of fair weather fans here.

    cowboy brings it 90% of the time and it’s not like he’s losing to scrubs.