Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Leonard Garcia are both part of the Jackson’s MMA Team in Albuquerque, N.M., training under coaches Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn. But you won’t always find them in the gym in town.
The two fighters that have grown as close, or closer than, brothers over the years, own a ranch outside of town. They’ve outfitted the house with extra bedrooms and built a full-on gym of their own out on the ranch. Why? Because they allow fighters from around the world to come stay on the ranch and train with them there and at Jackson’s.
Cerrone is slated to fight at UFC 141 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30, his fifth bout in a banner year. Having already gone four-for-four, “Cowboy” has turned a corner in his career, rocketing up the UFC lightweight ranks, now in a co-main event showdown against Nate Diaz.
He and Garcia attribute much of that to the lifestyle they lead out on the ranch. Bringing in hungry fighters from all over the world not only gives those fighters an opportunity, it keeps Cerrone and Garcia motivated and stock full of eager training partners.
Preparing for his UFC 141 fight with Diaz, Cerrone allowed MMAWeekly.com’s Conner Cordova full access to check out The Cowboy Way on the ranch. And now we bring it to you in this behind the scenes look at Donald Cerrone…