At UFC 276 Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Announced His Official Retirement After A 55 Fight Career

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List to what Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has to say about his retirement from professional MMA and the UFC, and his movie star goals!

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Announced His Official Retirement After A 55 Fight Career

At UFC 276 Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Announced His Official Retirement After A 55 Fight Career

List to what Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has to say about his retirement from professional MMA and the UFC, and his movie star goals!

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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is a genuinely entertaining Mix martial Artist and one of the most loved fighters in the UFC, but after six defeats out of his seven most recent fights, he has decided to hang his gloves.

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Cerrone’s loss breakdown

On Saturday night, Cerrone battled against Jim Miller in a rematch of a fight he won back in 2014. However, the fight didn’t go his way this time, as he was submitted by Miller at 1:32 in the second round. The 39-year-old Cowboy was caught with a head kick and slipped, leading to Miller jumping at the chance to lock up a guillotine choke while trapping Cerrone’s arm to ultimately get the tap. This defeat shocked many fans because, as a BJJ black belt, Cerrone is usually on the giving end of opportunistic submissions and is well known for his high-level Jiu-Jitsu skills.

“I’m going to be a movie star”

After Bruce Buffer officially announced the results, the UFC legend proceeded to leave both of his gloves and Iconic cowboy hat in the octagon cage right after the fight…. following the announcement of his UFC retirement, he had the following to say:

“I don’t love it anymore,” Cerrone expressed. “It’s hard for me to get up, and this is the longest camp I’ve had in a long time. I just don’t love it anymore. I’m going to be a movie star. It’s time to bow out. One hell of a career. Thank you so much, UFC.”

The ‘I’m going to be a movie star” isn’t just smoke either; Cerrone has actually been acting since at least 2017 and is scheduled to star alongside Gina Carano in an upcoming film titled ‘Terror on the Prairie.’

Cowboy Cerrone, the man, the myth, the legend

Despite the last few losses, Cowboy has had an incredible career in the UFC, spanning over 16 years and an incredible 55 fights. Previously Cerrone shared the record for most wins in the UFC (23) with his competitor Miller; now that Miller has beaten Cerrone in UFC 276, Miller’s current record is (24). He has won an impressive 18 “Fight of the Night” bonuses, tied with Charles Oliveira for the most all-time, and a whopping 17 victories from submissions. He has had a very successful MMA fighting career, to say the least.

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As mentioned, his retirement comes with six losses in his last seven matches. With this in mind, he has previously expressed to his fans that fighting has become difficult, and he has endured “off-nights” — a clear-cut honest approach that was well-received by his fans…. Always refreshing to hear someone say it like it is.

In fact, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone wasn’t the only MMA professional to announce the end of their MMA career at UFC 276. Jessica Eye after losing to Maycee Barber earlier that night also announced her retirement. It is sad to see these amazing fighters retire, but we have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of them shortly in different roles… stay tuned!

Watch the Cowboy‘s post-fight interview below:

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