Donald Cerrone
Cowboy

USA

Tastes Gaethje's power in Vancouver
LightweightUFC
September 14, 2019
Cerrone lost to Justin Gaethje via TKO (punches) at 4:18 of UFC on ESPN+ 16 on Saturday in Vancouver.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone took a couple leg kicks early, but appeared to be doing well in the exchanges in the initial stages of the bout. That rhythm all ended when Gaethje caught him with a right hand that sent Cerrone to his knees, and followed it up with several uppercuts while Cerrone was attempting to stand up. Gaethje turned to the ref to stop the fight, but it took a few more follow-up shots before the referee was convinced. Cerrone protested the decision after the fight, but it was the correct call by the referee. Despite the knockout, he didn't appear to be in too bad of shape after the bout, even calling for a fight in December.
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Booked for September tilt with Gaethje
LightweightUFC
July 18, 2019
Cerrone (eye) will take on Justin Gaethje in a lightweight matchup in the main event of UFC Vancouver on Sept. 14, Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone had been serving a medical suspension after a recent loss to top contender Tony Ferguson in June, but all indications are that he should have no problem getting a physician to clear him for this mid-September matchup. Prior to the Ferguson loss, Cerrone had been making a run to the top of the 155-pound division with three consecutive victories. He'll look to get his name back in the title conversation with a win over Gaethje, an all-out brawler that has put together back-to-back victories of his own. Cerrone is the owner of the most post-fight bonuses, most finishes and second-most-knockdowns in UFC history over 32 fights with the company. Gaethje has just five fights under the UFC banner, but has landed an incredible 8.50 significant strikes per minute over that time. Both have respectable grappling and wrestling capability, but these two are fighters that prefer to stay on the feet and put on a show for the fans. It projects to be a close matchup with plenty of opportunities for fantasy scoring, as this fight is scheduled for five rounds.
Gets medical suspension
LightweightUFC
June 17, 2019
The UFC handed Cerrone an indefinite medical suspension Monday after he sustained a badly damaged eye in his second-round TKO loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 238 on June 8, Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Though Cerrone relayed after the loss that he avoided a fractured orbital and was already preparing for his next fight, the medical suspension will put those plans on hold. Cerrone won't be cleared until he submits a MRI of his head and receives a clean CT scan for his facial bones.
Refutes reports of injury
LightweightUFC
June 11, 2019
Cerrone used his personal Instagram account to make clear that he did not suffer a fractured orbital bone in his UFC 238 loss to Tony Ferguson.
ANALYSIS
To be precise, Cerrone's post stated that "Only air was in my eye. No broken bones nor cracked or broken orbital." With the injury scare possibly out of the way, Cerrone is now eager to be booked for his next fight. "Cowboy" has state his desire for a rematch against Ferguson, but it appears unlikely the UFC goes in that direction. Ferguson officially outlanded Cerrone 104-to-68 in the fight, and now likely wants to wait for his shot at the 155-pound title.
Outlanded by Ferguson in FOTN performance
LightweightUFC
June 8, 2019
Cerrone lost to Tony Ferguson via TKO (punches) at 5:00 of Round 2 at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone took this fight shortly after his victory over Al Iaquinta. He always likes to stay active, but this was a tough turnaround against Ferguson. He started the fight with high volume and a steady jab. However, Ferguson would not stay away from him. He continued to come forward with volume. Towards the end of the first round, Ferguson began to take over. That continued in the second round. Following the second round, the swelling on Cerrone's eye became too much and the doctor stopped the fight. Cerrone will still be a player in the UFC's lightweight division once he recovers from a possible fractured orbital and/or nose. In the meantime, he'll take home an extra $50,000 for his efforts, marking his 18th post-fight bonus in the UFC (and extending his own company record).
Slated for UFC 238
LightweightUFC
May 10, 2019
Cerrone will fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 238, in Chicago on June 8, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone joins an already loaded card as the veteran fighter looks to build off of his main event win over Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night in Ottawa last Saturday. It didn't take long for him to find another match, as he'll be back in the octagon just over a month after his most recent fight. Ferguson was awaiting medical clearance to make his return for his first fight since last October.