Donald Cerrone
Cowboy

USA

Out
Injury Face
Est. Return 7/17/2020
Suffers possible facial fractures
LightweightUFC
Out
January 21, 2020
Cerrone has been suspended indefinitely by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to possible facial fractures suffered in his lost to Conor McGregor, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone didn't even last a minute in his UFC 246 defeat, taking several calculated shoulders to his face that appear to have broken his nose in the opening seconds. He then took a head kick that send to the canvas followed by a number of ground shots -- any one of which could have resulted in a broken bone. Cowboy is a fighter that likes to stay as active as possible, but the NAC may force him to take some time off in this particular case. He'll be sidelined until Feb. 18 at the very minimum, but will need X-rays cleared by a maxillofacial surgeon if he intends to fight again before July 17, 2020.
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Stopped by McGregor in 40 seconds
LightweightUFC
Out
January 18, 2020
Cerrone lost to Conor McGregor via TKO (punches) at 0:40 of Round 1 at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
As one would guess from the result, this fight could not have gone any worse for Cerrone. Cowboy found himself on the defensive just moments after the opening bell rang. McGregor smashed his shoulder into Cerrone's nose during a clinch situation just seconds into the fight and Cowboy was never able to recover. He ate a head kick from Conor just seconds later and it was academic from there. Referee Herb Dean gave Cowboy plenty of chances to recover but it wasn't happening. The UFC's all-time leader in wins and post-fight bonuses, this has the feel of Cerrone's last chance at a big-time fight. Cowboy's immense popularity will continue to keep him relevant for as long as he wishes to continue to fight but this was a massive setback and there's no way around that. Cerrone has done a ton for this sport and if nothing else, it's nice to see him get a big pay day for his efforts.
Set to face Conor McGregor
LightweightUFC
Out
November 28, 2019
Cerrone will take on Conor McGregor in a welterweight matchup at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone is coming off back-to-back losses, most recently to Justin Gaethje via TKO (punches) at UFC Vancouver in September, but he was pegged to take on McGregor in his first UFC action since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of 2018. The fight will be McGregor's third time appearing in the welterweight division, while Cerrone is a former lightweight who has fought exclusively in the welterweight division from 2016 to 2019. "Cowboy" holds the UFC record for most wins, as he carries 23 with the promotion and a 36-13 record over his MMA career. Okamoto also reports that Cerrone signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC ahead of the bout. Cerrone carries a height advantage, while McGregor has a slight advantage in reach.
Tastes Gaethje's power in Vancouver
LightweightUFC
Out
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.
Booked for September tilt with Gaethje
LightweightUFC
Out
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
Out
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.