Retired mixed martial artist Donald Cerrone got inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame earlier today during the UFC San Antonio event.
Cerrone started his professional career in Feb. 2006. He quickly worked his way up the regional circuit and made a name for himself under the WEC banner, where he competed until signing with the UFC in 2011. While he did not win a UFC title, Cerrone became a fan favorite and went up against the likes of Charles Oliveira, Jorge Masvidal, Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, and many more.
The 39-year-old was last seen in action against Jim Miller at UFC 276 last July. He turned in a strong performance but dropped the bout by submission in the second round. Following the outing, he announced his retirement.
Donald Cerrone gets inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame
During the UFC Fight Night: Vera vs. Sandhagen broadcast, Donald Cerrone got inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. He was in attendance at the event and shared his reaction on the company camera.
“’Cowboy’ Cerrone is one of the best lightweights in UFC history,” UFC president Dana White said after the announcement. “’Cowboy’ consistently fought the best of the best for over a decade inside the pctagon and set a ton of records in the process.
“He was also a complete savage who would fight anyone at any time. He is a true legend, and it will be an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame as part of International Fight Week.”
Let the emotions flow in
🤠 @CowboyCerrone reacts to being inducted into the #UFCHoF as his family surprises him at #UFCSanAntonio! pic.twitter.com/PxJl9yB2n4
— UFC (@ufc) March 25, 2023
Cerrone is enjoying life away from fighting
Donald Cerrone has the second-most wins in the history of the UFC with 23. He hung up his gloves after going seven bouts without a win, including six losses and a no-contest. He retired with 36 wins in 53 fights with two no-contests.
Cerrone appears to be enjoying life after stepping away from the octagon. He got signed for a lead role in the post-apocalyptic film, Project Legion. He drew comparisons with social media fitness influencer Liver King based on an insanely jacked physique update he shared last December. He got linked to a boxing match with internet sensation Jake Paul but no concrete developments happened.
All quotes by MMA Junkie.