Donald Cerrone: Retirement’s Not Even in His “Train of Thought”
By FCF Staff
Despite having lost four straight fights, and although his 38th birthday is set for next spring, Donald Cerrone says he’s not even thinking about retiring.
Cerrone is booked to fight Niko Price this Saturday at UFC Vegas 11. It will mark the first time Cerrone has fought since May, when he lost via decision to Anthony Pettis. That defeat was “Cowboy’s” fourth straight.
Since Cerrone (36-15) has competed in over 50 pro-MMA bouts to date, and because of his recent setbacks, some have wondered if the star could be thinking about exiting the sport. But, when asked about this while talking with the media, Cerrone said this (quotes via MMA Junkie).
“Hell no,” Cerrone said. “No. Not even in my train of thought. Wrong question.”
“I would like to say yeah (UFC will keep me forever), but also on the same breath, how many – I don’t even want to think about losing again because it could happen,” Cerrone said. “I’ve trained my ass off, I’m ready to rock and roll. I’m planning on being here for a long time. I’m going to leave when I’m done. I don’t ever want the walking papers. When ‘Cowboy’s’ done fighting, I’m going to bend my hat and I’m going to say, ‘All right boys, I’ve had enough. I’m out.’ I don’t ever want to have them call my manger and release me, that would totally suck. I’m going to keep fighting my ass off.”
Price (14-4), meanwhile, is coming off a stoppage loss to Vicente Luque in May and has gone 2-3 in his last 5 bouts.
UFC Vegas 11 will be hosted by the promotion’s Apex Facility.