Donald Cerrone

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Donald Cerrone
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Cerrone in 2016
BornDonald Cerrone
(1983-03-29) March 29, 1983 (age 39)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
ResidenceEdgewood, New Mexico, U.S.
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
DivisionLightweight (2006–2015, 2019)
Welterweight (2016–2018, 2020–2022)
Reach73 in (185 cm)[1][2]
StyleMuay Thai, Jiu Jitsu
Fighting out ofDenver, Colorado
TeamInyodo Martial Arts Club (2002–2006)[3]
Jackson Wink MMA Academy (2006–2018)[4]
BMF Ranch (2018–present)
TrainerGreg Jackson (2006–2018)
Joe Schilling (2018–present)
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Eliot Marshall[5]
Black belt in Gaidojutsu[citation needed]
Years active2003 (boxing)
2005–2022 (MMA)
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
Kickboxing record
By knockout19
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout10
By submission17
By decision9
By knockout8
By submission2
By decision7
No contests2
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Donald Cerrone (born March 29, 1983), known professionally by his nickname "Cowboy", is an American retired mixed martial artist, actor, and former professional kickboxer.[6] He competed in the Lightweight and Welterweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Cerrone will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July 2023.


Cerrone was born in Denver, Colorado and is of Irish and Italian descent.[7][8] At a young age, Cerrone was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder but never received treatment for it.[9] Growing up he was considered a troubled child. He would eventually start street fighting and would often end up in jail overnight. When Cerrone was about 16 his parents were fed up with his behavior and sent him off to go live with his paternal grandmother Jerry Cerrone. Donald claimed that Jerry took him in with open arms. She would sometimes bail Donald and his friends out of jail after they got into another fight and according to Cerrone himself that the next morning she would never bring up exactly what happened the night before, she would just repeat the phrase "you know what you did" and leave it at that.

Cerrone attended Air Academy High School, where he began professional bull riding.[10] At the age of 20, Cerrone began training in kickboxing and then later Muay Thai. After winning a few kickboxing competitions, Cerrone pursued a career in mixed martial arts (MMA).[11]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Cerrone began his career in Commerce City, Colorado at a gym called Freedom Fighters.[4] In 2006, Cerrone began training with Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, Nathan Marquardt, Keith Jardine, Georges St-Pierre, Leonard Garcia, Tom Watson and other skilled MMA fighters at Greg Jackson's Submission Fighting Gaidojutsu school in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[4]

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 56 seconds of the first round, the decision was changed to a no-contest when Cerrone tested positive hydrochlorothiazide, a banned diuretic.[12]

Cerrone in 2010

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.[13] Cerrone won the bout via armbar in the first round.[14]

Cerrone then faced Rob McCullough at WEC 36 on November 5, 2008.[15] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[16] The performance earned both fighters the Fight of the Night award.[17]

On January 25, 2009, at WEC 38 he fought WEC Lightweight Champion, Jamie Varner, losing via technical split decision.[18] The fight was highly competitive and won the Fight of the Night award.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21] Cerrone defeated Krause via first round submission.[22]

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,[23] losing by unanimous decision.[24] Both fighters were awarded the Fight of the Night bonus award.[25] 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.[26]

Cerrone faced Ed Ratcliff on December 19, 2009, in the event headliner at WEC 45.[27] Cerrone defeated Ratcliff via third round submission.[28] The bout also earned Cerrone Fight of the Night honors.[29]

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.[30] Cerrone lost via first-round guillotine choke submission.[31]

Cerrone faced rival Jamie Varner in their highly anticipated rematch on September 30, 2010, at WEC 51.[32] He won the fight via unanimous decision, winning all three rounds.[33] 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.[34]

Cerrone instead faced Chris Horodecki on December 16, 2010, at WEC 53.[35] He won via submission in the second round with a triangle choke.[36]

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.[37]

Cerrone faced Paul Kelly on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126, replacing an injured Sam Stout.[38] Cerrone defeated Kelly via tapout due to a rear naked choke. For their performance, both fighters earned Fight of the Night honors.[39]

Cerrone at the weigh in for the UFC 131

Cerrone was expected to face Mac Danzig on June 11, 2011, at UFC 131.[40] However, Danzig was forced out of the bout with a chest injury and replaced by promotional newcomer Vagner Rocha.[41] Cerrone won the fight via unanimous decision.[42]

Cerrone was expected to face Paul Taylor on August 14, 2011, at UFC on Versus 5, replacing an injured John Makdessi.[43] However, Taylor was forced out of the bout with a foot injury and replaced by Charles Oliveira.[44] Cerrone won the fight via TKO three minutes into the opening round, earning Knockout of Night honors for the performance.[45][46]

Cerrone faced Dennis Siver on October 29, 2011, at UFC 137, replacing Sam Stout.[47] Cerrone defeated Siver via first round submission, earning Submission of the Night honors.[48][49]

Cerrone next faced Nate Diaz at UFC 141 on December 30, 2011.[50] He lost the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision, in a performance that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[51] 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."[52]

Cerrone was expected to face Yves Edwards on May 15, 2012, at UFC on Fuel TV: The Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[53] However, Edwards was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by Jeremy Stephens.[54] Cerrone defeated Stephens by unanimous decision.[55]

Cerrone fought Melvin Guillard on August 11, 2012, at UFC 150.[56] He won the fight via knockout in the first round.[57] The performance earned Cerrone Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night honors.[58]

Cerrone faced Anthony Pettis on January 26, 2013, at UFC on Fox 6.[59] Pettis won the fight by TKO in the first round, finishing Cerrone with a kick to the body.[60] 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.[61] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[62]

Cerrone faced Rafael dos Anjos on August 28, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 27.[63] Cerrone lost the fight by unanimous decision.[64]

Cerrone faced Evan Dunham on November 16, 2013, at UFC 167.[65] Cerrone won the fight via triangle choke in the second round.[66] The win also earned him his second Submission of the Night bonus award.[67]

Cerrone faced Adriano Martins on January 25, 2014, at UFC on Fox 10.[68] He won the fight by knockout due to a headkick in the first round.[69] The win also earned Cerrone his third Knockout of the Night bonus award.[70]

Cerrone faced Edson Barboza on April 19, 2014, at UFC on Fox 11.[71] Cerrone dropped his opponent with a strong jab in the first and quickly secured the rear-naked choke submission for the win.[72] The win also earned Cerrone his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[73]

Cerrone faced Jim Miller on July 16, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 45.[74] Cerrone defeated Miller via knockout in the second round due to a head kick and punches, becoming the first man to give Miller a professional knockout loss.[75] The win also earned Cerrone his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[76]

Cerrone was briefly linked to a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178.[77] However, the pairing was quickly scrapped after it was revealed that Nurmagomedov had suffered a knee injury that would sideline him indefinitely.[78] Subsequently, Cerrone was matched with Bobby Green at the event.[79] In turn, Cerrone eventually faced former Bellator Lightweight Champion and UFC newcomer Eddie Alvarez in the co-main event of the card.[80] Cerrone won the fight via unanimous decision.[81]

Cerrone faced Myles Jury on January 3, 2015, at UFC 182.[82] Cerrone commented on his desire to fight him was due to his disdain over Jury's arrogant response after defeating Cerrone's former training partner, Diego Sanchez, in UFC 171.[83] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[84]

In an unprecedented move, Cerrone requested to face friend and WEC rival Benson Henderson just 15 days later at UFC Fight Night 59, replacing an injured Eddie Alvarez.[85] Cerrone won the fight via a unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the fight 29–28.[86] 12 of 14 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Henderson.[87]

Cerrone was expected to face Khabib Nurmagomedov on May 23, 2015, at UFC 187.[88] However, Nurmagomedov pulled out of the bout on April 30 due to a knee injury. He was replaced by John Makdessi.[89] Cerrone won the fight via TKO in the second round.[90]

After winning eight fights in a row in under two years, Cerrone earned his first UFC lightweight title shot. He faced Rafael dos Anjos in the main event at UFC on Fox 17 on December 19, 2015.[91] Cerrone lost the fight via TKO just 66 seconds into the first round.[92]

Moving up to welterweight[edit]

Cerrone was expected to face Tim Means in a welterweight bout on February 21, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 83.[93] However, Means was removed from the bout on February 3 and was replaced by Alex Oliveira.[94] Cerrone won the fight via submission in the first round.[95] He was also awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[96]

Cerrone (right) on stage with Anthony Pettis for a USO tour

Cerrone next faced Patrick Côté on June 18, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 89.[97] He won the fight via TKO in the third round and earned himself another Performance of the Night bonus.[98][99]

Cerrone next faced Rick Story on August 20, 2016, at UFC 202.[100] Cerrone won the fight via TKO in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[101][102]

On August 26, 2016, it was announced that Cerrone had signed a new, eight-fight contract with UFC.[103]

Cerrone was briefly linked to a bout with Robbie Lawler on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205.[104] However, Lawler turned down the fight and Cerrone was then scheduled to face Kelvin Gastelum on the card.[105] However, on the day of the weigh-ins, Gastelum did not make an attempt to formally weigh in as he was well over the 171 lbs limit for the fight and the bout was scrapped.[106] Consequently, Cerrone was quickly rescheduled and faced Matt Brown the following month at UFC 206.[107] Cerrone won the fight via knockout in the third round.[108]

Cerrone faced Jorge Masvidal on January 28, 2017, in the co-main event at UFC on Fox 23.[109] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[110]

Cerrone was expected to face Robbie Lawler on July 8, 2017, at UFC 213.[111] On June 28, reports began to circulate that Cerrone had sustained a minor injury which would force the fight to be postponed to UFC 214 taking place three weeks later.[112] UFC President Dana White confirmed later the same day that Cerrone in fact had a staph infection and a pulled groin, and the plan is to reschedule the pairing to after UFC 214.[113] However, the bout eventually took place at UFC 214.[114] Cerrone lost the back-and-forth fight by a very close unanimous decision that many feel that Cerrone should have indeed won.[115]

Cerrone faced Darren Till on October 21, 2017, in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Till.[116] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[117]

Cerrone faced Yancy Medeiros on February 18, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros.[118] He won the fight via technical knockout out in round one.[119] With this win, Cerrone tied the UFC records for most finishes in the promotion with fourteen and most wins in the promotion with twenty.[120]

On June 23, 2018, Cerrone faced Leon Edwards at UFC Fight Night 132.[121] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[122]

In the beginning of August 2018, it was revealed that he had parted ways with his long-time striking coach Brandon Gibson after the loss against Edwards.[123] Appearing on Joe Rogan Experience on August 29, 2018, Cerrone launched on a tirade against his training camp Jackson-Wink and announced that he had parted ways with the team altogether.[124]

Cerrone faced Mike Perry on November 10, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 139.[125] He won the fight by submission due to an armbar in the first round, becoming the first fighter to finish Perry in MMA.[126] His fight earned him the Performance of the Night award.[127] With this win, Cerrone set the UFC records for most finishes in the promotion with fifteen and most wins in the promotion with twenty one (21).[128]

Return to Lightweight[edit]

Cerrone faced Alexander Hernandez in a lightweight bout on January 19, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 143.[129] He was successful in his return to Lightweight, winning the fight via TKO in the second round, after outstriking and outwrestling Hernandez throughout the fight.[130] With this win, Cerrone extended his UFC records for most finishes with sixteen (and most wins with twenty-two). He also added another record to his legacy, becoming the fighter with the most fight bonuses at sixteen.[131]

Cerrone faced Al Iaquinta on May 4, 2019, at UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy.[132] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[133] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night bonus award.[134]

In a quick turnaround, Cerrone returned to the Octagon just 32 days after his last win and faced Tony Ferguson on June 8, 2019, at UFC 238.[135] Cerrone lost the fight via technical knockout in between the second and third rounds after an attempt to blow his nose caused his eye to swell shut, rendering him unable to continue.[136] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[137]

Cerrone faced Justin Gaethje on September 14, 2019, at UFC Fight Night 158.[138] He lost the fight via knockout out in round one.[139]

Return to welterweight[edit]

As the first fight of his new six-fight contract, Cerrone headlined UFC 246 when he faced Conor McGregor on January 18, 2020, in a welterweight bout.[140][141] He lost the fight via technical knockout in the first round.[142]

Cerrone faced Anthony Pettis in a rematch on May 9, 2020, at UFC 249.[143] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[144]

Cerrone faced Niko Price on September 19, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 178.[145] Price was docked a point in round one for repeated eye pokes, and the fight would be declared a majority draw. However, it was later overturned to a no contest (NC) after Price tested positive for marijuana.[146]

Cerrone was scheduled to face Diego Sanchez on May 8, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 24.[147] However, Sanchez was removed from the fight on April 28 for undisclosed reasons[148] and he was replaced by Alex Morono.[149] He lost the fight via technical knockout in round one.[150]

Cerrone was scheduled to face Joe Lauzon in a lightweight bout on April 30, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 208.[151] The bout was moved to May 7, 2022, at UFC 274 for undisclosed reasons.[152] Despite both competitors weighing in, the bout was canceled the day of the event due to Cerrone falling ill.[153] The pair was rescheduled to meet at UFC on ESPN 37 on June 18, 2022.[154] The bout was yet again scrapped the day of this event due to Lauzon suffering from leg cramping.[155]

Cerrone, as a replacement for Bobby Green, faced Jim Miller on July 2, 2022, at UFC 276.[156] He lost the fight via guillotine choke submission in the second round[157] and subsequently announced his retirement during the post-fight interview.[158]

Professional grappling career[edit]

Cerrone competed against Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of Submission Underground 19 on December 20, 2022.[159] The match went to EBI overtime and Cerrone won by armbar at 20 seconds of the first round.[160]

On December 19, 2021, Cerrone competed in his first professional grappling match against Craig Jones under the Combat Jiu-Jitsu ruleset at the Featherweight edition of the CJJ World Championships.[161] He tapped out after being put in a rear-naked choke by Jones a little over halfway into the regulation period.[162]

On December 30, 2021, Cerrone competed in a grappling match against Joe Solecki at Fury Pro Grappling 3. Solecki submitted Cerrone with a rear-naked choke at 3:17 of their match.[163]

Acting career[edit]

Cerrone has had small roles in film and television since 2017, including appearing in the 2020 Netflix film Spenser Confidential.[164]

He aced in a starring role, opposite Gina Carano, in the 2022 Daily Wire film Terror on the Prairie.[165]

Personal life[edit]

Cerrone and his wife Lindsay have three sons: Dacson Danger Cerrone, born June 29, 2018,[166] Riot River Cerrone, born September 11, 2020,[167] and a third was born in early January 2023.[168]

Cerrone is good friends with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney, who has trained at BMF Ranch, and Cerrone made an appearance alongside Paul Felder, Megan Olivi and Dana White in the season 12 episode "Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare."[169][170]

BMF Ranch[edit]

In 2014, Cerrone established an MMA gym at his property in Edgewood, New Mexico to lower his training camp costs by hosting his training partners at the estate. Coaches like Brandon Gibson, Jafari Vanier, and Jonavin Webb are usually situated at the ranch with fighters like Lando Vannata, John Dodson and Leonard Garcia.[171]


Racism accusations[edit]

In 2014, the UFC lightweight fighter Bobby Green accused Cerrone of making racist comments towards him and about black people, in a since deleted interview with journalist Ariel Helwani.[172][173][174] Cerrone dismissed his claims, maintaining that if he were racist, he wouldn't "have three black guys living with [him]".[175]

The UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling has come forward with similar allegations in 2016, detailing an altercation between him and Cerrone during UFC International Fight Week. According to Sterling, after Cerrone made a comment about his gold chain that made him feel "uncomfortable", he then used an "inappropriate word" in front of Sterling. While Sterling never specified what the word was, he strongly implied it had racial overtones. When he asked for an explanation, Cerrone allegedly started to threaten him, telling him that he'd "beat the fuck out of him" and "do what Caraway did to him", referring to Sterling's UFC bout earlier that year in which he suffered his first professional loss to Bryan Caraway.[176]

Cerrone has been criticized for his casual online usage of the racial slur "nigga", including in a 2016 exchange on Instagram with his sparring partner Said Nurmagomedov, in which each one referred to the other as "my nigga".[177][178][179]

Allegations of sexual harassment[edit]

In an interview with Ariel Helwani, the UFC fighter Bobby Green accused Cerrone of sexually harassing his female fans at UFC Fan Expo signing in 2014 . According to Green, he groped and behaved inappropriately towards the women that came to take a photo with him.[172][173][174]

"He's groping these women. They've got husbands, they've got fiancees, they've got boyfriends, I'm like, that's messed up man, just because this guy's a nerd and he can't do anything to you, you're going to do this to him. Girlfriend's cute, Donald Cerrone, picks her up, grabs her ass, starts grabbing on there and stuff and he's like 'I'm Donald Cerrone.' I'm like, 'you're going to piss somebody off, you get the wrong person they're going to get pissed.' He's like, 'what are they going to do to me, I'll knock them out.' "

— Bobby Green

In an interview with Sherdog, Cerrone denied these accusations. "That was two years ago, ya' know? Why didn't any of this come out? Why didn't a fan file a lawsuit or say, 'Yo, Cowboy is groping my wife,' c'mon." he said of the alleged incidents.[175]

Homophobic and transphobic comments[edit]

As part of his trash talk to describe Jamie Varner in a build up of their second fight at WEC 51 in 2010, Cerrone commented that Varner is "a fag" and that he hoped to kill him in the ring. After WEC officials publicly condemned his remarks, he apologized for the death threats on Twitter, but did not mention the slur usage in his apology.[180][181][182]

Cerrone was widely criticized for his use of a homophobic slur to describe Daniel Cormier's performance against Anderson Silva at UFC 200 during a Q&A at UFC Fan Expo, where he was taking part in a panel covering the event along with CM Punk and Joe Gooden. When talking with CM Punk about the worst performances of that night, he criticized Cormier's wrestling-heavy game plan asking "How you going to give up weight and fight like a fag, man?".[183][184]

After an immediate backlash, a UFC senior official told the MMA Junkie portal that the organization was "incredibly disappointed by Cerrone's comments" and will be meeting with him to discuss the severity of the situation. Cerrone reacted to the criticism with a since-deleted Instagram post, which showed a photo of him wearing a then-recently released UFC rainbow T-shirt in support of the LGBTQ community and in which he apologized for his choice of words.[185]

While Jason Ellis was interviewing Cerrone on his radio show, he mentioned that he is bisexual and has had sexual relationships with men, which appeared to make Cerrone uncomfortable. During his appearance on an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast some weeks later, Cerrone called Ellis "a faggot", adding that he had not wanted to say it to Ellis directly. Ellis voiced his disappointment with Cerrone's statements in an interview with[186][187]

When discussing U.S. president Donald Trump's attempts to ban transgender people from serving in the US armed forces on an episode of The Fighter and the Kid podcast, Cerrone objected to the host, Brendan Schaub, using female pronouns to describe a trans woman, and stated: "I'm just saying, if you got a dick, you're a dude."[188]

Hoelzer Reich sponsorship[edit]

Until 2009, Cerrone was one of a number of MMA fighters sponsored by Hoelzer Reich, a t-shirt company that includes symbols such as the Iron Cross on its t-shirts, which detractors have stated is Nazi imagery. The brand was banned by the UFC in 2009.[189][190][191]

Views on COVID-19[edit]

During the UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley post-fight press conference, Cerrone was asked by a journalist on his views on the COVID-19 lockdown and safety measures. He revealed that he refused orders to wear a mask on national television because he "doesn't stand for that shit" and that he is a "true-gritted hard core American Republican".[192]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  • Dominion Warrior Inc
    • Dominion Warrior Muay Thai World Lightweight (-73.4 kg/162 lb) Championship (One time)
  • International Sport Karate Association
    • ISKA Amateur Colorado State Middleweight (-75 kg/165 lb) Oriental Championship (One time)
  • Kickdown Classic
    • KDC Amateur Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • S-1
    • 2006 S-1 Muay Thai U.S. Lightweight (-73.4 kg/162 lb) Tournament Championship 270

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
55 matches 36 wins 17 losses
By knockout 10 8
By submission 17 2
By decision 9 7
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 36–17 (2) Jim Miller Submission (guillotine choke) (retired) UFC 276 July 2, 2022 2 1:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 36–16 (2) Alex Morono TKO (punches) UFC on ESPN: Rodriguez vs. Waterson May 8, 2021 1 4:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 36–15 (2) Niko Price NC (overturned) UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley September 19, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Price was deducted one point in round 1 for repeated eye pokes. Originally a majority draw; overturned after Price tested positive for marijuana.
Loss 36–15 (1) Anthony Pettis Decision (unanimous) UFC 249 May 9, 2020 3 5:00 Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Loss 36–14 (1) Conor McGregor TKO (head kick and punches) UFC 246 January 18, 2020 1 0:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Welterweight.
Loss 36–13 (1) Justin Gaethje TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Gaethje September 14, 2019 1 4:18 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 36–12 (1) Tony Ferguson TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC 238 June 8, 2019 2 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 36–11 (1) Al Iaquinta Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy May 4, 2019 5 5:00 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Fight of the Night.
Win 35–11 (1) Alexander Hernandez TKO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw January 19, 2019 2 3:43 Brooklyn, New York, United States Return to Lightweight. Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 34–11 (1) Mike Perry Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: The Korean Zombie vs. Rodríguez November 10, 2018 1 4:46 Denver, Colorado, United States Performance of the Night.
Loss 33–11 (1) Leon Edwards Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards June 23, 2018 5 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 33–10 (1) Yancy Medeiros TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros February 18, 2018 1 4:58 Austin, Texas, United States
Loss 32–10 (1) Darren Till TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Till October 21, 2017 1 4:20 Gdańsk, Poland
Loss 32–9 (1) Robbie Lawler Decision (unanimous) UFC 214 July 29, 2017 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 32–8 (1) Jorge Masvidal TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 2 1:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 32–7 (1) Matt Brown KO (head kick) UFC 206 December 10, 2016 3 0:44 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 31–7 (1) Rick Story TKO (head kick and punches) UFC 202 August 20, 2016 2 2:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 30–7 (1) Patrick Côté TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson June 18, 2016 3 2:35 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Performance of the Night.
Win 29–7 (1) Alex Oliveira Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy February 21, 2016 1 2:33 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Welterweight debut. Performance of the Night.
Loss 28–7 (1) Rafael dos Anjos TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2 December 19, 2015 1 1:06 Orlando, Florida, United States For the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Win 28–6 (1) John Makdessi TKO (head kick) UFC 187 May 23, 2015 2 4:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 27–6 (1) Benson Henderson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver January 18, 2015 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 26–6 (1) Myles Jury Decision (unanimous) UFC 182 January 3, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25–6 (1) Eddie Alvarez Decision (unanimous) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 24–6 (1) Jim Miller KO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Miller July 16, 2014 2 3:31 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 23–6 (1) Edson Barboza Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne April 19, 2014 1 3:15 Orlando, Florida, United States Performance of the Night.
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 KO (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 and punch) UFC 150 August 11, 2012 1 1:16 Denver, Colorado, United States Catchweight (157.5 lb) bout; Guillard missed weight. Knockout of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 18–4 (1) Jeremy Stephens Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: The 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 the 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 the interim WEC Lightweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
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.
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 No Contest (overturned by NSAC) WEC 30 September 5, 2007 1 0:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally a submission (triangle choke) win for Cerrone; overturned after he tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide.
Win 7–0 Yasunori Kanehara Submission (triangle choke) Greatest Common Multiple: Cage Force 3 June 9, 2007 2 2:46 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–0 Anthony Njokuani Submission (triangle choke) Ring of Fire 29: Aftershock April 28, 2007 1 4:30 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 5–0 Ryan Roberts Submission (armbar) Ring of Fire 28: Evolution February 16, 2007 1 1:49 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 4–0 Jesse Brock Submission (triangle choke) Ring of Fire 26: Relentless September 9, 2006 1 1:35 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States Won the ROF Lightweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Craig Tennant Submission (armbar) Ring of Fire 24: Integrity June 17, 2006 1 1:26 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
Win 2–0 Cruz Chacon Submission (triangle choke) American Championship Fighting: Genesis February 24, 2006 2 2:25 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 1–0 Nate Mohr Submission (triangle choke) Ring of Fire 21: Full Blast February 11, 2006 1 1:42 Castle Rock, Colorado, United States


Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

No. Event Fight Date Venue City PPV Buys
1. UFC 246 McGregor vs. Cowboy January 18, 2020 T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S 1,350,000

Muay Thai record (partial)[edit]

28 Wins (18 (T)KO's), 0 Losses 1 Draw
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2006-08-05 Win United States Travis Crawford Dominion Warrior/S-1: United States Championships, Final Miami, Florida, U.S. TKO (right hook) 3 2:21
Wins the 2006 S-1 Muay Thai U.S. Lightweight (-73.4 kg/162 lb) Tournament Championship and the Dominion Warrior Muay Thai World Lightweight (-73.4 kg/162 lb) Championship.
2006-08-05 Win Canada Jan Kaszuba Dominion Warrior/S-1: United States Championships, Semi Finals Miami, Florida, U.S. Decision (split) 3 3:00
2005-12-10 Win United States Lamont Forin Ring of Fire 20: Elite Castle Rock, Colorado, U.S. Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00
2005-10-21 Draw United States Raul Rodriguez Strikeforce San Jose, California, U.S. Technical draw N/A N/A
2005-06-18 Win United States Clint Rhodes Ring of Fire 17: Unstoppable Castle Rock, Colorado, U.S. TKO (strikes) NA N/A
2005-02-12 Win United States Mike Justice Ring of Fire 15: Inferno Castle Rock, Colorado, U.S. Decision (unanimous) 3 3:00

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Professional boxing record[edit]

1 fight 0 wins 1 loss
By knockout 0 1
No. Result Record Opponent Method Round, time Date Location Notes
1 Loss 0–1 United States Geoffrey Spruiell TKO 2 (4), 2:39 November 21, 2003 United States Los Caporales Regency Hotel, Denver, Colorado, U.S.



Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Equalizer 2 Belgian Backpacker
2020 Spenser Confidential Big Boy (as Cowboy Cerrone)
Puppy Love Danny
Embattled Autograph Jack
2021 The Outlaw Johnny Black Crackshot Bob
The Harder They Fall Coward at Bank
2022 The Commando Ray
Terror on the Prairie Jebediah McAllister


Year Title Role Notes
2017 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Donald Cerrone Episode: "Wolf Cola: A Public Relations Nightmare"
Godless Gang Member 7 episodes
The Night Shift Wounded Paramedic Nick Episode: "Resurgence"
2020 Magnum P.I. Reese Episode: "A Leopard on the Prowl"
2022 "The Terminal List" Tomahawk Guard Episode: "Reclamation"

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