‘Pi*sed The Wrong People Off’- Donald Cerrone Speaks Out on Diego Sanchez Exit From UFC

Published 05/06/2021, 9:53 AM EDT


UFC Welterweight fighter Donald Cerrone was expected to meet Diego Sanchez in the latter’s last fight. The UFC had announced earlier that Sanchez had requested to fight Cerrone for his final fight.

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But all the things came crashing down when UFC pulled Sanchez out from the fight after his coach had raised concerns with UFC about his long-term health situation. President Dana White directly took a dig at Joshua Fabia for Sanchez being released from the promotion.

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After Sanchez was pulled out, ‘Cowboy’ was given an option to stay in the card and wait for the opponent to stand up or wait for the next event. He got his opponent, though. Alex Morono is now his new challenger as he stepped up for the co-main event at UFC Vegas 26.

Speaking about the same in the UFC Vegas 26 media day, Cerrone said, “I’ve never seen someone get thrown off cause they’re crazy. It’s a first for me. But short notice is short notice. Usually, I’m the guy filling in, but not the other way around.”

‘Cowboy’ further mentioned that he was motivated for the fight. “You’ve seen people get chopped, so apparently he pi*sed the wrong people off, and it just so happened right before the fight. I don’t really have anything to say. I was looking forward to the fight.”

Cerrone, though, seems not to be having any grudge over Sanchez who requested for his match. “Diego, it’s hard to be mad at him now, because I don’t know if it’s him guiding the horse I can’t really be mad at the kid, or the old man I should say. Really it’s his cult leader (coach) and lover that’s took over his life, and I feel bad for you, Diego

Donald Cerrone on Sanchez’s coach

According to ‘Cowboy’, he doesn’t have any prior interaction with the coach but remembers an incident that took place between Sanchez’s coach and trainer in a New Mexico bar.

He said, “I do know the guy that whipped his ass at the bar, I used to train with the guy, and that kid was talking about his death punch and how he was going to kill the dude, and my buddy dog walked his motherf*cking ass all over the bar. So the death punch did not work. It was unsuccessful.”

Is ‘Cowboy’ in danger of getting axed?

Cerrone is having a horrid time inside the ring. His last match ended in a no-contest against Niko Price and prior to that, he lost 4 straight fights.

He had fought Anthony Pettis at UFC 249 and lost that fight via unanimous decision. His other three fights were against some of the biggest names in the lightweight division. All his other losses came via TKO against Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje, and Tony Ferguson. So things are not looking great for him, going ahead.

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The match against Morono could be a do-or-die battle for him. And the veteran of 51 professional fights will be aware of that.

What did you make of Cerrone’s statement on Sanchez’s exit?

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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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