Donald Cerrone

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Donald Cerrone
Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.jpg
Born Donald Anthony Cerrone
(1983-03-29) March 29, 1983 (age 31)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Other names Cowboy
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)[1][2]
Style Muay Thai, Kickboxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Team Jackson's Submission Fighting
Trainer Greg Jackson
Years active 2002–present
Professional boxing record
Total 1
Wins 0
Losses 1
Kickboxing record
Total 29
Wins 28
Losses 0
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 22
By knockout 3
By submission 14
By decision 5
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 4
No contests 1
Other information
Website http://www.donaldcerrone.com
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 23, 2011

Donald Anthony Cerrone (born March 29, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and kickboxer who fights out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and competes as a Lightweight in the UFC. As of January 17, 2014, he is #8 in official UFC Lightweight rankings.[3]

Background[edit]

Cerrone is from Denver, Colorado. Energetic and troubled in his youth, Cerrone was diagnosed with Attention Defecit Disorder at a young age. Cerrone later attended Air Academy High School outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado which is when he began professional bull riding. Cerrone had many stints in jail for fighting before taking up Kickboxing and Muay Thai when he was 20 years old.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Donald started his career in Commerce City, Colorado at a gym called Freedom Fighters, and holds an undefeated professional Kickboxing and Muay Thai record of 28-0. 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.

He was featured on the Versus television series TapouT, where he was sponsored before his fight with Anthony Njokuani. Cerrone won the fight in the first round with a triangle choke.

Cerrone is sponsored by Budweiser, Bad Boy Buggies, EZ-Go, Greenlee, Realtree and Bell Helmets, and managed by KHI Management, LLC.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

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.[5]

Cerrone was scheduled to face Rich Crunkilton at WEC 34, but Crunkilton was forced off the card with an injury and replaced by Danny Castillo.[6] Cerrone won the bout via armbar in the first round.

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.[7] 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,[8] 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.[9]

Cerrone defeated Ed Ratcliff via third round submission at WEC 45 on December 19, 2009.[10] The bout also earned Cerrone Fight of the Night honors.

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.[11] Cerrone lost via first round guillotine choke submission.[12]

Cerrone faced rival Jamie Varner in their highly anticipated rematch on September 30, 2010 at WEC 51.[13] 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.

Cerrone instead faced Chris Horodecki on December 16, 2010 at WEC 53.[14] He won via submission in the second round with a triangle choke.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[15]

Cerrone faced Paul Kelly on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126, replacing an injured Sam Stout.[16] 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.[17] However, Danzig was forced out of the bout with a chest injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Vagner Rocha.[18] 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."[19]

Cerrone was expected to face Paul Taylor on August 14, 2011 at UFC on Versus 5, replacing an injured John Makdessi.[20] However, Taylor was forced out of the bout with a foot injury and replaced by Charles Oliveira.[21] 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.[22]

Cerrone faced Dennis Siver on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137, replacing Sam Stout.[23] Cerrone defeated Siver via first round submission, earning Submission of the Night honors.

Cerrone lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 141 via unanimous decision, in a performance that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[24] 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.[25] 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."[26]

Cerrone was expected to face Yves Edwards on May 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[27] However, Edwards was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Jeremy Stephens.[28] Cerrone defeated Stephens by unanimous decision.

Cerrone fought and defeated Melvin Guillard via first round KO on August 11, 2012 at UFC 150.[29] 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.[30] 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.

Cerrone next faced Strikeforce veteran K.J. Noons on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[31] He won the fight via dominant unanimous decision.

Cerrone faced Rafael dos Anjos on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[32] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Cerrone faced Evan Dunham on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167. He won the fight via triangle choke in the second round. The win also earned him his second Submission of the Night bonus award.[33]

Cerrone faced Adriano Martins on January 25, 2014 at UFC on Fox 10.[34] He won the fight by knockout due to a headkick in the first round. The win also earned Cerrone his third Knockout of the Night bonus award.[35]

Cerrone is expected to face Edson Barboza on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.[36]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

  • Dominion Warrior Inc
    • Dominion Warrior Muay Thai World Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • S-1
    • 2006 S-1 Muay Thai U.S. Lightweight Tournament Winner
  • Kickdown Classic
    • KDC Amateur Welterweight Championship (One time)

Professional boxing record[edit]

0 Wins, 1 Loss, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 0-1 United States Geoffrey Spruiell TKO 2 (4), 2:39 2003-11-21 Colorado Los Caporales Regency Hotel, Denver, Colorado

Kickboxing record (incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing Record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Edson Barboza UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 22–6 (1) Adriano Martins KO (head kick) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson January 25, 2014 1 4:40 Chicago, Illinois, United States Knockout of the Night.
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) 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fightmagazine.com/fighters/donald-cerrone-2607.htm
  2. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/bouts/ufc-131-mac-danzig-vs-donald-cowboy-cerrone
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mma/news/20130125/donald-cowboy-cerone-mma/
  5. ^ Trembow (2007-09-12). "Cerrone tests positive for diuretic at WEC 30". MMA Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Castillo replaces Crunkilton at WEC 34". mmajunkie.com. 2008-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Rich Crunkilton Out vs. Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone, James Krause In:". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2019-04-15. 
  8. ^ "WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson on October 10 in San Antonio, Texas". MMAFrenzy.com. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Donald Cerrone on WEC 43 main event: Benson Henderson definitely won that fight". MMAJunkie.com. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Lightweight Donald Cerrone says WEC 45 plan for quick start ended at "charge"". MMAJunkie.com. 2009-12-20. 
  11. ^ "WEC 48: Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone II booked for PPV debut on April 24". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  12. ^ "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber – Live Results and Commentary". BLOODYELBOW.com. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  13. ^ "VARNER VS. CERRONE 2 SIGNED FOR WEC 51". mmaweekly.com. 2010-07-20. 
  14. ^ "Donald Cerrone vs. Chris Horodecki slotted for WEC 53 in December". mmajunkie.com. October 21, 2010. 
  15. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone Steps In To Face Paul Kelly At UFC 126". mmaweekly.com. January 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Mac Danzig vs. Donald Cerrone grudge match slotted for UFC 131 in Vancouver". mmajunkie.com. March 14, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Mac Danzig out at UFC 131, Vagner Rocha now faces Donald Cerrone". MMAJunkie.com. May 17, 2011. 
  19. ^ "UFC 131 Results: Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Punishes Vagner Rocha To Win Unanimous Decision". mmaweekly.com. 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
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  28. ^ "Edwards out, Stephens in against Cerrone at UFC on FUEL TV 3". MMAjunkie.com. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  29. ^ Mrosko, Gene (July 13, 2012). "UFC 150: Donald Cerrone vs Melvin Guillard booked for Aug. 11 in Denver". mmamania.com. 
  30. ^ "Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone targeted for Jan. 26, possibly UFC on FOX 6". MMAjunkie.com. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons added to May's UFC 160 card in Las Vegas". MMAjunkie.com. February 19, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  32. ^ Staff (June 5, 2013). "Donald Cerrone vs. Rafael dos Anjos co-headlines UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 in Indy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  33. ^ Staff. "UFC 167 bonuses: St-Pierre, Hendricks, Woodley, Cerrone win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  34. ^ Matthew Roth. "Donald Cerrone meets Adriano Martins at UFC on Fox 10". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  35. ^ Staff (2014-01-25). "UFC on FOX 10 bonuses: Caceres earns $100K, Cerrone and Pettis each pocket $50K". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  36. ^ Dave Doyle (2014-02-03). "Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza announced for UFC on FOX 11". MMAfighting.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 

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