Donald Cerrone – Playing with Fire

Donald Cerrone – Playing with Fire

It comes as no surprise to many mixed martial arts fans that have followed the career of one Donald “”Cowboy” Cerrone, to learn he has and still does participate in extreme activities outside of the cage. Cerrone, by far, has some of the most interesting adventures outside the cage and some leaving us hiding behind our seats hoping the outcome is not devastating for the popular UFC fighter.

Donald Cerrone is a fan of adrenaline pumping sports that most of us would never wish to endure. The thought of riding on the back of a raging 1500-pound animal is not my idea of a lovely Sunday afternoon. For Cerrone that’s just the start of the day which he will later finish off by climbing hundreds of feet of rock in what could be a potentially being fatal accident should he fall. Maybe fatal is overdramatic but anything could happen! That’s the thought UFC President Dana White has every time he sees a video posted of Cerrone doing something crazy where he could potentially injure himself or worse.

 

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White has been very outspoken about Cerrone’s antics outside the cage but what can the UFC frontman really do about it? Dana has told media that Cerrone has been seen during fight week riding bulls and performing wake boarding stunts. During one particular fight week, Donald decided to be a passenger in a small plane where the pilot had performed backflips and barrel rolls at a very high speed and bystanders went on to say the plane was far too close to the ground and a very dangerous maneuver.

Even though the Cowboy is fearless, everybody has their limits. At the end of last year, Cerrone, an experienced diver, participated in a deep-sea cave dive in Mexico in which he and a friend were in a life-threatening situation. Cerrone at one point said that he had accepted death but talked himself into fighting back like the Cowboy he is  as to keep a promise he made to his family, that he was going to arrive home safely. Being stuck in a pitch-black cave, a substantial distance from the surface with no idea where you are must have been the most terrifying experience. Being able to keep a clear head and not panic shows who Donald Cerrone really is.

The caption on his Instagram post read: “Today I can honestly say I’m Happy to be alive. We had catastrophic worst case scenario on our dive. Total silt out , lost the cave line and lost my buddy couldn’t see my own hands was the most scariest moment to this day in my life. I remember kissing Danger and Lindsay and saying I’ll see y’all soon, don’t worry daddy’s coming home!!!! Told the grim reaper “ Not today Mother Fucker “ I’m figuring this the fuck out and coming home !!”

This “crazy” attitude and strong mental wellbeing reflects in the cage. Cerrone is one of the most active fighters, not just in the UFC but all organizations. His pressing style and true grit have earned him multiple records and achievements within the organization including most wins (22), most finishes (16) and most importantly the record breaking 16 Post Fight Performance awards.  Let’s just hope his death defying stunts do not get in the way, especially with the possibility of earning his largest paycheck to date, should a mid-summer bout with Conor McGregor take place.

“A Few Days late on my USADA update!! Don’t worry I’ll #Sendit” wrote in his most recent Instagram post.

 

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I am sure by now that Dana is becoming tolerant and getting used to how the Cowboy wants to live his life outside the cage, but it is to safe to say Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will not be putting an end to his solo skydiving, off-roading, water skiing or any other idea he can come back with. The question is what’s the next death-defying activity we will see from the Cowboy?