Donald Cerrone isn’t retiring after his loss to Leon Edwards at UFC Fight Night 132. He’s not going to Bellator, and there’s a good chance he’s not changing weight classes, either.
Cerrone (33-11 MMA, 20-8 UFC) fell short to Edwards (16-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) by unanimous decision in Saturday’s headliner, which took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore and streamed on UFC Fight Pass. It was a competitive fight, but “Cowboy” didn’t have enough to get it done, especially after nearly withdrawing from the fight at the 11th hour due to illness.
With the loss, Cerrone fell to 1-4 in his past five bouts dating back to January 2017. Prior to the current slump, he’d never even lost back-to-back fights. Edwards is arguably the “worst” defeat due to his position and ranking in the welterweight division, but Cerrone doesn’t feel it hurts his brand in any significant manner.
“I don’t think I lost any stock,” Cerrone told reporters at the UFC Fight Night 132 post-event news conference. “I love my job more than any of you can ever imagine. I love getting in there and fighting, so winning and losing is part of this game. Of course it sucks. I only got half my check, but hey, I had fun. I really did. I had a good time.”
As per usual, Cerrone started slow against Edwards. His success and workrate picked up as the rounds wore on, but ultimately it was too little, too late. He gave all respect to his opponent after the fact, but in textbook fashion was already looking ahead to the future.
“He went out there and got the unanimous decision, five rounds, good for him,” Cerrone said. “Congratulations. I’m still looking to fight two more times this year, so if there’s anybody out there looking to fight ‘Cowboy,’ the old dog, give me a call and we can set this up.”
At 35, Cerrone may be on the back half of his career, but he said moving on from the sport hasn’t crossed his mind in the slightest. His passion for competition is as strong as ever, he said, and because of that, he has no intention of hanging up his gloves for several more years.
“I’m going to go until UFC says, ”’Cowboy,’ enough, bro. Enough, enough, enough,’” Cerrone said. “(I want to fight) at least five more years, definitely. At least. Until the UFC says, ‘No more.’”
Although fighting is still strong in his heart, it’s not Cerrone’s immediate priority in the aftermath of UFC Fight Night 132. That space belongs to family, because on the heels of his loss, Cerrone is headed straight home to New Mexico for the birth of his first child.
“I’m home on the first bird,” Cerrone said. “My wife’s having a baby, man. It’s time to get home. She’s holding it, we’re going to have a C-section as soon as I get home. He’s nine-and-a-half pounds right now. Literally I land, we go to the hospital, and here he comes.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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