Dana White Announces Massive News for Donald Cerrone – Will Change Weight Class

Published 05/11/2021, 12:43 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: Donald Cerrone prepares to fight Niko Price in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Donald Cerrone is a living legend in the world of MMA. He has been in the UFC since 2011 and has fought 54 times in his professional career. However, at 38 and five losses in his last six fights, his spectacular career is dwindling towards its end.

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The ‘Cowboy’ lost his last fight against Alex Morono in the first round, taking talks of retirement to an all-time high. The UFC President, Dana White, really likes him as a fighter but does believe that this will be his last fight with the UFC.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor (R) fights Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

He talked to TSN in an interview with Aaron Bronsteter and revealed what’s in store for Cerrone. Bronsteter asked White for his thoughts on Cerrone’s last fight, and White answered, “So Cowboy, again, steps up. Diego falls out of the fight. He steps up and takes a last-minute replacement, co-main event.

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He appreciated Cerrone’s willingness to take up any fight and showed a lot of respect for the American. “What he wants to do, he accepted the Diego fight because they both said they would fight at 170. He wants to move down to 55 and get another fight, and I’m gonna let him do that,” he added.

A move back to lightweight might come as a surprise to the fans as Cowboy was fighting at welterweight for a while.

Dana White reveals that Donald Cerrone will retire after his next fight

In another interview with Brett Okamoto for ESPN, White talked about Cerrone’s next opponent and said that he wanted to put “Cowboy” on a card with fans in the stadium. Okamoto asked him if this next fight was going to be his last fight, and White said probably.

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When Okamoto asked him about a possible opponent, White didn’t give an answer. “I don’t yet, no. What I’ll like to do is let him take some time off, get ready, ready for another camp, and then we’ll figure out an opponent. He’ll start cutting weight and doing his thing,” he concluded.

It will be a really sad day for UFC fans when Donald Cerrone retires, but he is really struggling for wins. His legend will always be appreciated, and he has inspired an entire generation of fighters with his kicks and knockouts.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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