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Fan Favorite Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone retires after loss to Jim Miller at UFC 276

Fan Favorite Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone retires after loss to Jim Miller at UFC 276

Jul 05
SW Creative
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In Saturday’s preliminary round of UFC 276, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone lost to Jim Miller in the second round for the final time in his illustrious career. After the fight, Cerrone signaled his retirement from the sport by removing his gloves and a cowboy hat in the center of the Octagon.

“It’s now that it is time to bow out. This is the perfect event,” Cerrone said in the cage while carrying his two sons who wore cowboy hats.

- Donald Cerrone

Retirement Plan

In his post-fight press conference, Cerrone told reporters that he knew heading into UFC 276 that it would be his final fight. The 39-year-old fighter also said that despite his previous statement that he would fight until he’s 50. Now, he’s not into the sport like he used to and wants to focus on his acting career instead.

Jul 2, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Donald Cerrone holds his children after a loss to Jim Miller (not pictured) during UFC 276 at T-Mobile Arena.  Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

“I knew back in January when we started training for the first round that this would be my last round no matter what I told you guys. I remember telling the media team not to ask me to resign and I said ‘I’ll do 50’ but tonight I win or lose, that’s it, I drove away."

- Donald Cerrone

Passion gone

Cerrone said he made several unsuccessful attempts to rekindle his passion for the sport since he first knew he was ready to hang up the gloves in 2020 when he faced Conor McGregor at UFC 246.

“After the McGregor fight, I took another fight and I just went over the moves. I didn’t enjoy it, I didn’t love it. I knew the time was coming, I just had to choose the right time. So I took a lot of time off and then called my agent and said let’s get a fight, and I just knew this was going to be the last one.”

- Donald Cerrone

Cerrone's fighting career

Cerrone’s professional MMA career began at World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), where he was champion three times before the UFC bought the organization in 2010. He has fought a total of 48 matches in the WEC and UFC, which surpasses any other fighter.

Cerrone retires with multiple UFC records, including 38 bouts (tied for second with Andrei Arlovski), 23 victories (2nd all-time, also tied with Arlovski), and 16 finishes (tied with Miller for second all time.

Among his all-time records he holds in UFC history are the most knockdowns at 20, as well as the record for most post-fight bonuses at 18 tied with Charles Oliveira.

Future Plans

As for his future, Cerrone sent himself off in trademark Cowboy style, ready to take some time off, aside from his upcoming movie career.

“I’m going to drink beer up there on the front row and have a belly so big... that’s what I’m looking for. So take a look at this body because it’s going to be the last time it’s ever looking this way, and after that I’m turning the corner and never looking back,” Cerrone said.

- Donald Cerrone