Former 155-pound title contender, Donald Cerrone is coming off a decision loss to Leon Edwards in the UFC Singapore main event last weekend on Fight Pass. After the conclusion of the fight, ‘Cowboy’ revealed he almost called off showdown against rising prospect Leon Edwards due to illness.
Now Cerrone’s coach Gibson said, ‘Cowboy’ offered his help for an injured Yancy Medeiros to fight Mike Perry at UFC 226. (Via MMAFighting)
“He’s feeling great [now],” Cerrone’s head coach, Brandon Gibson, told MMA Fighting. “If the fight would have been a day or two later or earlier it probably would have been a much better window to see him perform closer to his best. But that’s not how things get to shake out in the sporting world some days.
“He got the phone call [this week] to fight Mike Perry and he said yes. He’s under a medical suspension right now so it’s kind of off the table. His son hadn’t been born yet. Lindsey was probably having contractions. They were at the hospital and he was like, ‘Hey, do you have time to do this? I’m feeling good. I’m ready. I just came off an awesome camp. Mike’s been training out of JacksonWink but no hard feelings. Let’s go put on a show. I’ll step up.’”
UFC choose to replace Medeiros with lightweight Paul Felder, who himself lost the fight last week, mainly because Cerrone is currently on medical suspension for 45 days for right temple and scalp lacerations.
The 35-year-old kickboxer is a pretty active fighter on UFC roaster since making a debut back in 2011 and fought 28 times. Despite the rough patch, ‘cowboy’ isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, before his losing skid, he was riding a four-fight winning streak.
“I don’t want him fighting five times a year,” Gibson said. “I think those days are over, but he’s always gonna be that ‘I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime’ kind of guy. Some of these, you’ve just got to get up and ride with ‘Cowboy.’ That’s the life he’s gonna live.”
Cerrone recently teases a potential return to the lightweight division via social media post after a lengthy stint at welterweight.
Cerrone is now 1-4 in his last five outings.
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