Donald Cerrone is now on a two-fight losing streak after being knocked out by Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC Vancouver. He is now 2-2 since his drop down to lightweight and 3-2 in his past five.
Yet, for ‘Cowboy’ he is not ready to pass the torch to the younger fighters. Instead, he says he is still chasing after the belt and nows he can win the title.
“I don’t feel like I’m passing the torch yet,” Cerrone said in his post-fight interview. “I’m going to get the belt. It’s going to happen. I guess I just slid down the rankings a little bit. I’m going to come back. I’m going to train hard and I’m going to get it. It’s the last thing I’ve got to do with my legacy.”
Although he has yet to win a UFC title, Donald Cerrone is still one of the best to ever do it. He has the most wins and finishes in UFC history, and many fighters strive to be like him. For ‘Cowboy’ that is pretty cool that people want to be like him.
“That’s really cool. I see people trying to fight a lot and trying to be like ‘we’re trying to do it like you are’ and it’s cool to have that legacy that people want to adapt,” Cerrone said. “I’m stoked. I love this sport. There’s not anywhere else I’d rather been in there tonight.”
However, for Donald Cerrone, he knows if he doesn’t win a UFC belt, his legacy won’t be what he wants it to.
“You can have the greatest legacy ever in the world but if I don’t have a belt, I just fall a little bit short,” Cerrone said. “Now me reflecting on everything, that’s the one thing I want.”
Regardless, all ‘Cowboy’ knows is that he tried and it is a good lesson for his son.
“On the flipside of that if everyone says you try so hard and you never get it, is it going to crush you? No, I tried,” Cerrone said. “That’s something I can teach my boy. I tried. I gave it hell.”