Donald Cerrone (36-16, 2 nc) is in the worst series of his career so far. The MMA veteran, who has over 50 professional appearances behind him, has not won for six consecutive fights in a row, and the freshest of the heavy blows was given to him by Alex Morono.
The fighter who replaced the recently fired Diego Sanchez took a great opportunity and stopped the legendary 'Cowboy' by technical knockout at the end of the first round. Is it time to retire? Many would say yes, but not Cerrone who thinks he has more to offer.
"I know there will be a lot of talks now about my retirement, but I'm not thinking about it at all. I have to sort things out, watch the fight and think about what and how to proceed." "I'm fine and coming home to my sons and my family.
This was a bad evening in the office, but I hope the UFC doesn’t write me off and you’ll see me again, ”Cerrone said on ESPN’s post-fight show. In a separate interview with Brett Okamoto, Donald further opened up and said that he cannot end a rich MMA career in this way.
"Has the time come? I don't know. I don't have that feeling. But how I feel and my performances are two different things. Who will know?" "I want to get back into the lightweight category. I have no excuses, this kid showed up ready," he said and after that Cerrone added:
Still, it’s definitely that Cerrone still doesn’t want to give up on the UFC "I'll never retire like this.
There's no way it's going to end that way. I can't let my legacy end like this." Who would be the ideal opponent for a UFC veteran at the moment? Certainly, Cerrone isn't nearly as good as he used to be and he already feels that he can hardly be the old one.
The age and motivation of most fighters should be taken into account. Also, younger blood is coming that wants to prove itself and show that they can dominate the UFC. Cerrone will obviously have to work on himself, although he was ready before this fight, simply Morono was too strong for him and Cerrone had no chance.
This will be a heavy defeat for Cerrone, but given his mental structure, Cerrone will come out stronger from this and could soon find a new opponent and thus make up for this defeat.