Donald Cerrone to Return to Action for the First Time Since Alex Morono Loss

Published 12/26/2021, 10:32 AM EST
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)


Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is undoubtedly a UFC legend. The fighter has been a part of the MMA world for over 15 years. Cerrone holds the record for having the most win in the history of the UFC (23). During his prime, Cerrone was considered being one of the top lightweight fighters. As of December 2021, the fighter’s professional fighter record stands at 36 wins and 16 losses.

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The last time we saw the ‘Cowboy’ in action was back at UFC Vegas 26 where he suffered a loss to Alex Morono.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 08: (R-L) Alex Morono punches Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 08, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Donald Cerrone will return to action but this time, not at the UFC. Cerrone will face UFC competitor, Joe Solecki in a grappling match at Fury Pro Grappling 3.

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Cerrone is an excellent grappler, and that he has won most of his fights by submission further strengthens his argument. During his prime, he used his grappling strength to put on some incredible performances.

Joe Solecki, his opponent, is also skilled in the grappling field. Despite his lack of experience compared to Cerrone, we should expect a terrific match. Solecki has won eight of his eleven professional MMA fights by submission.

Fury Pro Grappling 3 will take place on December 30th at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia and will broadcast live on the UFC Fight Pass.

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Will we see Donald Cerrone at the UFC?

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has been a part of the UFC for over a decade. The fighter has had over 37 fights in the UFC and has been an absolute fan favorite throughout his career.

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)

The fighter hasn’t been in dominant form recently, having only won three of his last ten fights.

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They have thrown most fighters out of the UFC after losing so many times in a row. Cerrone has been a highly exciting fighter, and Dana White adores him. Although there have been reports of his retirement, many believe he will return to the UFC to face English prodigy Paddy Pimblett.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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