Donald Cerrone has opened up on his retirement plan after having to pull out of UFC 274.
Cerrone was set to face Joe Lauzon in his 49th fight under the Zuffa banner yet Dana White had said the loser of the fight would probably be done. It was a scrap many fans wanted to see but on fight day, ‘Cowboy’ was forced out of the bout due to food poisoning and now has opened up on having to pull out and detailed his retirement plan.
“My heart is broken and torn. I can’t believe I had to make that call. If you know me, you know I only pulled out because I had to. Thank you for the UFC and the medical division for helping me as far as we could, try and make that buzzer, but we just couldn’t get it. I have 48 fights under Zuffa. I am saddened that I couldn’t have my 49th, put on a show for you all. My number is 50, gentlemen. I’ll retire when I get 50,” Cerrone said in an Instagram video.
“So I got two more fights left in the UFC. So thank you, Dana White. Thank you, Joe Lauzon. Thank you for understanding and not taking that fight with an ill, sick ‘Cowboy.’ I wouldn’t want to fight that guy. You want a strong, healthy motherf*cker. So, we’ll meet again. Like I said, ‘Cowboy’s’ got two more fights under Zuffa. I want 50 fights and then I’m bowing out, and I’m out of here, boys. I’ll be back stronger than ever and ready to take on the world.”
Cerrone also put in the caption of the video that two more fights is all he has left: “This is not the way I wanted this fight to go. 48 fights I’ve never had to pull OUT. Thanks you @ufc and like I just said probably 50 is my number!!!! 2 more fights then I ride off into the sunset.”
Donald Cerrone (36-16 and two No Contest) is on a six-fight winless streak but he still hopes he can get two more. Who and when he will fight next is uncertain at this point but Cowboy still has a bit of fight left in him.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime