AUSTIN, Texas – For someone who “couldn’t even explain” the feelings and emotions that come from professional fighting, Donald Cerrone does a pretty damn good job of capturing the experience.
Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC), who meets Yancy Medeiros (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) in Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 126 headliner, has made the walk to the cage at the highest level a near-record amount of times. The upcoming fight marks the 37th bout of his UFC/WEC career, and the only fighters with more bouts in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce combined history are Wanderlei Silva (40) and Dan Henderson (40).
“Cowboy” has experienced nearly all the highs and lows the sport has to offer. From losing a title fight to winning in highlight-reel fashion, Cerrone has his triumphs and tribulations, but it doesn’t get any easier.
Despite all of Cerrone’s experience, he said the journey to the octagon for a UFC fight never gets less nerve-racking.
“This is what I love,” Cerrone told MMAjunkie. “I love fighting. It’s the scariest, most intense, fun feeling. I couldn’t even explain it to you. From right now, (I) can’t sleep at night, eating’s hard, make the weight, half the battle’s over. Fight day, (expletive). All your friends are like, ‘You’re going to kill him!’ Uh, no, (expletive). I’ve got to go in there and fight. It doesn’t just go like that. Scared. Pack your (expletive). We’re in the arena. All your teammates are fighting. Your coach is there.
“It’s crazy. It’s scary. You go throw up in the bathroom – I do anyway. Then you’re standing, and you walk down the hall with (expletive) lights in your face. Now you’re live on TV. You walk down that tunnel, and you’re like, ‘Holy (expletive).’ Six weeks (of training camp), and it’s here, and it’s now.”
UFC Fight Night 126 takes place at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The welterweight headliner between Cerrone and Medeiros airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Cerrone said his addiction to the rush that comes with fighting is what keeps him going. Fans know he seeks an adrenaline rush anywhere he can get one. However, he said nothing compares to stepping in the octagon (via Twitter):
“I’ve been on the edge of plane about to jump out, I’ve been on top of mountains, and nothing puts that (expletive) hair on the back of my neck feeling like walking to that (expletive) octagon and they shut that door,” Cerrone said. “And you’re like, ‘Well, there’s only two ways this can go: in or out.’”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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