Donald Cerrone

Cowboy

USA

Fight rebooked for June 18
WelterweightUFC
May 10, 2022
Cerrone (illness) will now square off against Joe Lauzon on the UFC's June 18 card, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While the card was taken off the UFC 274 card after Cerrone was removed due to a non-COVID illness, he has a new date for his next fight. Cowboy is looking to buck a string of six straight winless fights.
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Removed from card at UFC 274
WelterweightUFC
May 7, 2022
Cerrone is dealing with a non-COVID illness and will no longer fight Joe Lauzon at UFC 274 on Saturday, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
While Cerrone's illness isn't related to COVID-19, he'll be unable to enter the Octagon. The matchup between Randy Brown and Khaos Williams will move to the main card, while it's not yet clear when Cerrone will be able to return.
Lauzon fight bumped to May
WelterweightUFC
February 15, 2022
Cerrone's upcoming fight against Joe Lauzon has been bumped back to May 7, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The reason for the shift is unclear. It shouldn't significantly change either fighter's preparation, as the date has only been moved back by one week. The fight will come just one day shy of a year after Cerrone's previous trip to the Octagon, a first-round TKO loss to Alex Morono.
Expected to fight Lauzon
WelterweightUFC
January 28, 2022
Cerrone is being targeted for a match against Joe Lauzon for a UFC event on April 30, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Cerrone and Lauzon are two of the UFC's most tenured fighters and have combined for 64 appearances in the octagon. The former is looking to snap a six-fight winless streak. The latter is returning from an 18-month layoff.
Fifth straight defeat
WelterweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Cerrone lost to Alex Morono via TKO (punches) at 4:40 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 24 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
We've seen this story time and time again, and it's difficult to watch every single time. One of the most decorated and popular fighters in MMA history, Cerrone has now lost five straight fights and is without a victory for more than two years. This fight, more so than any other in that streak, highlighted Cowboy's current issues. Facing an opponent in Morono who is a one-dimensional striker, Cerrone got off second in all the striking exchanges between the two. Shots that he would eat with ease in the past, are now wobbling him. Cowboy is now 38 years old and has been in countless wars over the years. It appears his body has just given out on him. The UFC is going to have difficulty running him back out there. Perhaps he agrees to one more "retirement" fight. Either way, it's been a vicious fall from grace for the future Hall of Famer.
Will now fight Morono
WelterweightUFC
May 3, 2021
Cerrone will take on Alex Morono in a welterweight bout at the UFC event May 8, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The UFC was able to find a replacement in Morono on short notice in time for Saturday's bout, as he'll be taking the spot of the originally-scheduled Diego Sanchez. Cerrone will be looking for his 37th professional victory against, Morono who will be looking to bounce back after dropping his last fight. Cerrone hasn't picked up a victory since May of 2019, though the veteran has been facing elite lightweights for much of that time. He'll own slight height and reach advantages over Morono, as well as a statistical grappling edge.