|Born||Donald Anthony Cerrone
March 29, 1983
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Team||Jackson's Submission Fighting|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Donald Anthony Cerrone (born March 29, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and Muay Thai kickboxer who fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently competes as a lightweight in the UFC. Cerrone is currently ranked the #10 lightweight in the world by Sherdog.
Mixed martial arts career
Donald started his career in Commerce City, Colorado at a gym called Freedom Fighters, winning his first 25 Muay Thai bouts. Cerrone began training with Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, Nathan Marquardt, Keith Jardine, Georges St. Pierre, Leonard Garcia (who would become his good friend) and other skilled MMA fighters at Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu school in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Cerrone was signed to fight in the WEC. His first fight in the promotion was against Kenneth Alexander. Originally a win via submission in 0:56 seconds of the first round, the decision was changed to a no contest when Cerrone tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide.
At WEC 38 he fought WEC lightweight champion, Jamie Varner, losing via technical split decision. The fight was highly competitive and won the Fight of the Night award. However, the fight was stopped prematurely in the fifth round when Cerrone hit Varner's temple with an illegal knee while Varner was still on the ground. Varner was given time to recover, but he was unable to continue, noting that he had double vision and had sustained a broken hand.
Cerrone was again scheduled to face Rich Crunkilton on June 7, 2009 at WEC 41, but Crunkilton was forced off the card with an injury and replaced by James Krause. Cerrone defeated Krause via first round submission.
Cerrone and Varner had agreed to a rematch, tentatively at WEC 43, but Varner was unable to receive medical clearance as a result from his hand injury. Cerrone fought Benson Henderson for the WEC Interim Lightweight Championship on October 10, 2009 at WEC 43 in San Antonio, Texas, losing by unanimous decision. The fight was awarded Fight of the Year honors by Sherdog for 2009. Cerrone credited Henderson for being "a hell of a fighter" and conceded that he was slow to start the action, which may have cost him the match.
Cerrone fought Benson Henderson in a rematch of their 2009 fight of the year, this time for the WEC Lightweight Championship on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48. Cerrone lost via first round guillotine choke submission.
Cerrone faced rival Jamie Varner in their highly anticipated rematch on September 30, 2010 at WEC 51. He won the fight via unanimous decision, winning all 3 rounds. In between rounds, there were often many shoves and obscenities exchanged by both fighters, including a shove at the very end of the match. In the post fight interview, Cerrone declared he'd be willing to do a rematch in Arizona, Varner's home state, to settle their score once and for all. The bout won Fight of the Night honors.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Cerrone faced Paul Kelly on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126, replacing an injured Sam Stout. Cerrone defeated Kelly via tapout due to a rear naked choke. For their performance, both fighters earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
Cerrone was expected to face Mac Danzig on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131. However, Danzig was forced out of the bout with a chest injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Vagner Rocha. Cerrone won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26), having neutralized his opponent's ability to get close and grapple by way of punishing leg kicks. During the post-fight interview Cerrone apologized for his performance, admitting he "fought to not lose, not to win."
Cerrone was expected to face Paul Taylor on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5, replacing an injured John Makdessi. However, Taylor was forced out of the bout with a foot injury and replaced by Charles Oliveira. He didn’t waste much time in the fight, landing a hook to the body of Oliveira that dropped him. He then swarmed Oliveira, defeating him via TKO three minutes into the opening round, earning Knockout of Night honors for the performance.
Cerrone lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 141 via unanimous decision, in a performance that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. Despite knocking Diaz off of his feet multiple times with leg kicks, Cerrone could not offset the volume punches from Diaz, as Diaz landed 82% of the strikes he threw en route to his victory over Cerrone. On his loss to Diaz Cerrone stated, "You know instinct, I think that's the thing a lot of people aren't doing. That's where I made the mistake in my last fight, is, you need to learn to turn your brain off and just go by reactions. Don't go in there and try and think and do things and fight with your brain, because that's the thing, I got angry and tried to kill him, and when you try to go [too] hard you just can't do it."
Cerrone was expected to face Yves Edwards on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. However, Edwards was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Jeremy Stephens. Cerrone defeated Stephens by unanimous decision.
Cerrone fought and defeated Melvin Guillard via first round KO on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150. Guillard landed a strong left hand early in the first round that floored Cerrone, who got to his feet only to absorb several more strikes from the pursuing Guillard. Around a minute into the fight Cerrone threw a high kick which grazed Guillard's head - stunning him - and continued to drop him with a straight right which forced the stoppage. The performance earned Cerrone Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night honors. This was also Guillard's only knockout loss to date.
Cerrone faced Anthony Pettis on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6. Pettis won the fight by TKO in the first round, finishing Cerrone with a kick to the body. This marked the first time in his career that Cerrone lost via strikes.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Fight of the Night (Five times)
- Sports Illustrated
- 2009 Fight of the Year vs. Benson Henderson on October 10
- Sherdog Awards
- World MMA Awards
- 2011 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
- 2009 Fight of the Year vs. Benson Henderson on October 10
- S-1 United States
- 2006 S-1 United States Muay Thai Champion
- Dominion Warrior
- 2006 Dominion Warrior Light Heavyweight World Champion
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||21 wins||6 losses|
|Win||21–6 (1)||Evan Dunham||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 167||November 16, 2013||2||3:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Loss||20–6 (1)||Rafael dos Anjos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2||August 28, 2013||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||20–5 (1)||K.J. Noons||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 160||May 25, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||19–5 (1)||Anthony Pettis||TKO (kick to the body and punches)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson||January 26, 2013||1||2:35||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||19–4 (1)||Melvin Guillard||KO (head kick & punch)||UFC 150||August 11, 2012||1||1:16||Denver, Colorado, United States||Catchweight bout (157.5 lb); Guillard did not make weight; Knockout and Fight of the Night|
|Win||18–4 (1)||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier||May 15, 2012||3||5:00||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||17–4 (1)||Nate Diaz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 141||December 30, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||17–3 (1)||Dennis Siver||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 137||October 29, 2011||1||2:22||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||16–3 (1)||Charles Oliveira||TKO (punches)||UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle||August 14, 2011||1||3:01||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||15–3 (1)||Vagner Rocha||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 131||June 11, 2011||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||14–3 (1)||Paul Kelly||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 126||February 5, 2011||2||3:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||13–3 (1)||Chris Horodecki||Submission (triangle choke)||WEC 53||December 16, 2010||2||2:43||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||12–3 (1)||Jamie Varner||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 51||September 30, 2010||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||11–3 (1)||Benson Henderson||Submission (guillotine choke)||WEC 48||April 24, 2010||1||1:57||Sacramento, California, United States||For WEC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Ed Ratcliff||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 45||December 19, 2009||3||3:47||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||10–2 (1)||Benson Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 43||October 10, 2009||5||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States||For Interim WEC Lightweight Championship, Fight of the Night, Sherdog Fight of the Year|
|Win||10–1 (1)||James Krause||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WEC 41||June 7, 2009||1||4:38||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||9–1 (1)||Jamie Varner||Technical Decision (split)||WEC 38||January 25, 2009||5||3:10||San Diego, California, United States||For the WEC Lightweight Championship; Fight of the Night; Varner hit with illegal knee in 5th rd.|
|Win||9–0 (1)||Rob McCullough||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 36||November 5, 2008||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States||WEC Lightweight title eliminator; Fight of the Night.|
|Win||8–0 (1)||Danny Castillo||Submission (armbar)||WEC 34||June 1, 2008||1||1:30||Sacramento, California, United States|
|NC||7–0 (1)||Kenneth Alexander||NC (overturned)||WEC 30||September 5, 2007||1||0:56||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Original win by triangle choke; Overturned due to testing positive for banned substances.|
|Win||7–0||Yasunori Kanehara||Submission (triangle choke)||GCM: Cage Force 3||June 9, 2007||2||2:46||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–0||Anthony Njokuani||Submission (triangle choke)||ROF 29: Aftershock||April 28, 2007||1||4:30||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||5–0||Ryan Roberts||Submission (armbar)||ROF 28: Evolution||February 16, 2007||1||1:49||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|Win||4–0||Jesse Brock||Submission (triangle choke)||ROF 26: Relentless||September 9, 2006||1||1:35||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States|
|Win||3–0||Craig Tennant||Submission (armbar)||ROF 24: Integrity||June 17, 2006||1||1:26||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States|
|Win||2–0||Cruz Chacon||Submission (triangle choke)||ACF: Genesis||February 24, 2006||2||2:25||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||1–0||Nate Mohr||Submission (triangle choke)||ROF 21: Full Blast||February 11, 2006||1||1:42||Castle Rock, Colorado, United States|
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