Donald Cerrone has been booked to fight one of the UFC’s fastest rising lightweights on Saturday night, and clearly “Cowboy” is willing to spend some big money to get by Myles Jury.
Cerrone recently spoke to the media after an open workout, and according to a report from MMAJunkie.com, he spent around $20,000 on training partners.
The perennial contender stated:
“That was just strictly bringing guys in,” Cerrone said. “Bringing guys from the East Coast is like $1,000 roundtrip. Feeding them, paying them, so costs me right around $20,000.
“But yeah, would you pay 20 to win 100? Because I would.”
The report noted that Cerrone took home $126,000 for his UD win over Eddie Alvarez in September, and of course that figure doesn’t include any sponsorship or bonus money he may have collected.
So, clearly that’s a lot of money to put down, but fortunately Cerrone is in a financial place where he can do so. A lot of up-and-coming fighters probably can’t afford to spend just a few grand on a camp, much less $20K.
Of course, if Cerrone can record his sixth straight win and get by Jury, then the rugged vet could be headed to even bigger paydays. Cerrone may not be next in line for a title shot, but if he wins on Saturday, he won’t be far out.
UFC 182 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As everyone knows, the card will feature light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones taking on Daniel Cormier.