Donald Cerrone Isn’t Considering Retirement, Can’t Let “Legacy End Like This”
By FCF Staff
On account of his latest loss Saturday, Donald Cerrone knows there’s going to be calls for him to retire. But, the 38-year-old legend’s made it clear he doesn’t want to hang up the gloves, while on a win less streak.
Cerrone took on Alex Morono in the co-headliner of UFC Vegas 26 Saturday, and was stopped in the first round. Morono tagged Cerrone with a booming right later in the frame, and following several more shots, the fight was stopped.
Due to Cerrone’s age, and because he had gone win less in five straight fights, there has been speculation regarding ‘Cowboy’s’ future for weeks. But, following his latest setback, Cerrone said this on the post-fight ESPN show (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“I’m sure now there will be a lot of talk of, ‘Maybe he’ll retire. Maybe this is the right time.’ But that isn’t anywhere in my train of thought. I have to figure something out. I feel like I came out, started hard. Who knows? We’ll have to watch it, assess it, see what’s going on. I’m in good spirits. I’ll go home and see my two boys, hang out with my family. Shitty night at the office but hopefully UFC isn’t sending me off anywhere and you guys will see me again.
And while talking to Brett Okamoto in a different interview, the fan favorite said this about his future.
“I don’t know what to answer to you on, ‘Is it that time?’ I don’t know. I don’t feel like it,” Cerrone said. “But how I feel and how I perform are two different things. It sucks. Who knows? I want to go back to ’55. No excuses. That kid came in and was ready.”
“I’ll never go out like this,” Cerrone said. “There’s no way I’ll end like this. I couldn’t let my legacy end like this.”
With Saturday’s defeat, Cerrone’s record now stands at 36-16, with 2 no contests. The fighter is 0-4, with 1 no contest in his last five outings.