Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is on a losing streak. His knockout loss to Darren Till, an up-and-coming UFC contender, in the first round was absolutely crushing. To make matters worse, this was his third defeat in a row. Donald was also KO’d in the second round against Jorge Masvidal just two fights ago. Could this be a sign for Cerrone to put down the gloves?
2017 hasn’t been kind to “Cowboy.” Unfortunately, the UFC superstar hasn’t won a fight since early December of last year when he finished Matt Brown in the third round. Cerrone was on an absolute tear back then. He won 12 of his 15 fights prior to his victory over Brown. Of those 12 victories, eight of them were TKOs or submissions. That span of fights even included a match-up against then-champion Rafael Dos Anjos, which Cerrone lost via knockout in the first round. But he bounced back to win his next four. However, this doesn’t feel like the same Donald Cerrone.
No athlete has ever been victorious over Father Time. Many have prolonged the inevitable, but none have discovered the Fountain of Youth. Cerrone is 34 years old. There are a lot of fighters Cerrone’s age that wouldn’t be on the short list for “most likely to be considering retirement.” Matter of fact, 33 is one of the more common ages among the UFC roster. But Cerrone is a much more active fighter than most. “Cowboy” loves to fight, which just might be the problem.
Donald Cerrone doesn’t need to retire after this most recent fight against Darren Till. “Cowboy” is an amazing Mixed Martial Artist who has overcome past defeats before. The onus is on Dana White to protect the fighters from themselves. Dana has already done this by canceling Mark Hunt’s upcoming fight after news of Hunt’s diminishing health surfaced. Fighters pride themselves on their ability to withstand great damage and never give up. Quitting isn’t part of their vocabulary. Sometimes it is best for them to be forced into suspension. This way the sport can keep the legacy of their superstars intact.
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