‘He Says No Sometimes’- Donald Cerrone Opens Up on Relationship With UFC President Dana White

Published 05/08/2021, 10:01 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 09: Donald Cerrone prepares to fight Anthony Pettis in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC fighter Donald Cerrone is gearing up for his clash against Alex Morono at UFC on ESPN this Saturday. He was earlier pitted against former UFC fighter Diego Sanchez, and after the latter’s exit, Morono stepped in as a replacement.

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Sanchez’s coach had an altercation with UFC officials over the former’s health issues. The end result was that Sanchez was released from the promotion.

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Cerrone, meanwhile, attended a pre-fight press conference where he was asked on numerous issues. One of the issues was about his conversation with Dana White over his career.

“No, we never had,” he said. “He says no sometimes and I want to go, he says no wait a little bit. But we never sit down and try to figure it out. Not yet, hopefully not ever.”

Cerrone had fought Niko Price at UFC Fight Night 178 last year. The fight was declared a No Contest. After the fight, Dana White had revealed that he will have a conversation with ‘Cowboy’ regarding his career.

He was on his way out in the first 30 seconds of the first round. He fought back. He’s tough. He’s durable. I love ‘Cowboy’ and I know it’s going to (expletive) crush him and break his heart. It’s time to have a conversation. I need to talk to him. He and I need to have a conversation,” he said.

When asked about the same, ‘Cowboy’ said that the conversation never took place, but the words from the boss did hurt him.

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How has Donald Cerrone fared recently?

Cerrone’s recent record is something he won’t be proud of. His last win came way back in 2019. Between this period, he has lost 4 straight matches and 1 ended in the No Contest. Unsurprisingly, White wasn’t happy about it.

His downward slide started with a loss against Tony Ferguson via TKO at UFC 238 in 2019. It was followed by another TKO loss at the hands of Justin Gaethje in round 1 at UFC Fight Night 151 later that year.

His third loss came against Conor McGregor via TKO. The match got over within 40 seconds at UFC 246. Lastly, he suffered a unanimous decision loss against Anthony Pettis at UFC 249.

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He scored his last win against Al laquinta at UFC Fight Night 151 via unanimous decision.

The fact that he’s still in good books with White after such losses speak volumes about their bonding. However, he needs to get into winning ways before it gets too late.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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