‘I Have To Figure Something Out’- Donald Cerrone Opens Up on Retirement Question

Published 05/09/2021, 12:37 PM 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 Lightweight fighter Donald Cerrone suffered a devastating first-round TKO loss at the hands of Alex Morono in their co-main event fight this Saturday. The loss has stretched his winless streak to 6 matches starting from 2019.

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Various sports pundits and fans alike have started thinking about his retirement from the game. However, the man himself doesn’t consider retirement as an option.

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In the post-fight show, ‘Cowboy’ said, “I’m sure now there will be a lot of talk of, ‘Maybe he’ll retire. Maybe this is the right time.’ But that isn’t anywhere in my train of thought

“I have to figure something out. I feel like I came out, started hard.”

He further discussed his immediate plans. “Who knows? We’ll have to watch it, assess it, see what’s going on. I’m in good spirits. I’ll go home and see my two boys, hang out with my family. Sh*tty night at the office, but hopefully UFC isn’t sending me off anywhere and you guys will see me again.”

Out of all fighters Cerrone has lost against recently, Morono was the only one without any prior history of being either a champion or an interim champion. This is surely worrisome for ‘Cowboy’ as he couldn’t last more than one round against a less fancied opponent.

In another interview given to ESPN, he talked about his desire to return to the 155lbs division. He praised Morono for his performance and cited further that he will speak with Dana White for the next move.

“I’ll never go out like this, there’s no way I’ll end like this. I couldn’t let my legacy end like this,” he concluded.

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How Donald Cerrone lost against Alex Morono

Cerrone was already under pressure after not scoring a victory in a while. He entered the fight, hoping for some respite against the not so high-profile name in front of him.

‘Cowboy’ started off the first round with a clinch. As the fight proceeded further, Morono was clearly concentrating on striking and less on grappling. Cerrone tried to contain Morono’s onslaught with some kick combinations, but to no avail.

In the end, Morono ducked a flashing punch from ‘Cowboy’ and landed one vicious right on the head, which jiggled Cerrone a bit as he moved back from the impact.

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‘The Great White’ sensed an opportunity and trounced over ‘Cowboy’ with persistent kicks and punches. The referee saw no other alternative and stopped the match to declare Morono the winner.

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Morono will surely relish this victory and will get the confidence to move ahead. Cerrone, on the other hand, has to deal with a lot of questions now.

Should Cerrone call it a day after this defeat?

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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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