It seems pretty clear that Donald Cerrone likes to fight, and to do so often, but apparently some financial ‘matters’ are another reason why he keeps such a busy fight schedule.
Cerrone is coming off a head kick, stoppage win over John Makdessi in March, which was “Cowboy’s” seventh fight since the beginning of 2014. A lot of guys are lucky to have 6 fights in three years, let alone half that time.
Since Cerrone has eight straight fights, the UFC has tapped him to fight lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. The problem is, however, that since the champ is recovering from a knee injury, he won’t be ready to fight until this fall. Cerrone is going to have wait on the sidelines, and that’s not something the 32 year-old likes to do.
“I’ve been taking those fights just to pay my taxes off, that’s what people don’t understand,” said Cerrone.
“They give us this big chunk of money and then idiots like me spend it all. Then they tell me, ‘wait, you have to pay us our set.’ Then, I have to go fight again so I can pay them. (laughs)”
As you probably know, since fighters are independent contractors, they don’t receive a check with all their taxes deducted etc. So, if they go out and blow say a $50K purse, then they’re already in the hole in terms of taxes due. If they do that again, and again, well, the tax bill can get out of hand in a hurry.
Cerrone also admitted in the interview that winning the title isn’t really that important to him. The New Mexico fighter said being number one would be “cool”, but Cerrone wants to fight frequently. In the current era of MMA, you don’t really see UFC champs fighting 5 times in one year do you? But, if Cerrone defeats RDA, then clearly he’ll look to change that.