Cerrone, who later also began training in Muay Thai, later turned professional, compiling an undefeated record of 28-0 with 18 first-round knockout wins, before transitioning into mixed martial arts.Cerrone began his career in Commerce City, Colorado at a gym called Freedom Fighters.And as the old saying goes, a closed mouth doesn't get feed. Cerrone is in full-blown title contention due to his current six-fight streak, and Henderson's three consecutive title defenses from 2012-2013 still tie B. Penn for the highest mark in the division's history.
Cerrone and Varner had agreed to a rematch, tentatively at WEC 43, but Varner was unable to receive medical clearance as a result from his hand injury.
Cerrone fought Benson Henderson for the WEC Interim Lightweight Championship on October 10, 2009, at WEC 43 in San Antonio, Texas, losing by unanimous decision.
"So no, I had no idea Alvarez was injured or Henderson was even an option.
I was about midway home driving the RV when Dana (White) called me like, ‘hey man, I don't really want you to take this fight... "Dana was like, ‘I think you should take some time off...
This marked the first time in his career that Cerrone lost via strikes.
Less than 48 hours after Donald Cerrone effortlessly handed Myles Jury the first loss of his career at UFC 182, the man they call "Cowboy" parked himself inside the UFC's Las Vegas offices this past Monday, sticking true to his word and refusing to leave town until he had his next fight booked. Short, sweet, and get it over with." It doesn't seem like an exaggeration to say the risk Cerrone is taking here is extraordinary, and one that few fighters would dare to try.
Cerrone won the fight in the first round with a triangle choke.
Cerrone is sponsored by Budweiser, Monster Energy, Bad Boy Buggies, E-Z-Go, Greenlee, Realtree and Bell Helicopters, and managed by KHI Management, LLC. His first fight in the promotion was against Kenneth Alexander.
"I don't have an answer for you on that one," Cerrone replied, chuckling again. But so is cocaine and alcohol, so I think this is a little less. "It's not like I just say that, and when it comes to me, I tell my friends, 'oh man, I've got to take this fight because everyone expects me to.' No. It's my job." As per usual, Cerrone said he's planning to drive his custom RV to Boston -- a west-to-east trip that he expects to take around 32 hours -- and win or lose, he's going to ask for another helping of his Octagon sundae as soon as possible, because darlin', there ain't no rest for the wicked. "It's not like I'm taking a filler fight against some bottom-25 guy.
"I guess I could sit back like every other fighter and sit and wait. When they offered it to me, it was like, yeah, absolutely, let's go. Six fights in 12 months was the goal, and somehow Cerrone accomplished it. This is one of the top guys, and I know that full-well going into it. If you want to be the best, you've got to beat the best.
In the post fight interview, Cerrone declared he'd be willing to do a rematch in Arizona, Varner's home state, to settle their score once and for all. Despite knocking Diaz off of his feet multiple times with leg kicks, Cerrone could not offset the volume punches from Diaz, as Diaz landed 82% of the strikes he threw en route to his victory over Cerrone.